Mary “Dorothy” Margaret
February 5, 1929 ~ September 18, 2007
After enduring an 18 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease Dorothy entered into rest at home in Courtenay, British Columbia.
She leaves to mourn, her daughters Susan (Jim) Cameron of Courtenay, Diana (Randy) Bonkoski of Winnipeg, and sons Robin Richardson of Edmonton, Christopher (Donna) Richardson of Winnipeg. Also very sad at Grandma’s passing are grandchildren: Christie (Sylvain) Beaudoin,, Amanda, James, and Kevin McKenzie, Courtney and Colin Cameron, Sheryl, Stephen, and Brett Bonkoski, Sara, and Tyler Richardson; great-grandchildren: Jordan, Joshua and Christian Beaudoin, and Lauren McKenzie.
Dorothy is also survived by her sister Charlotte McCarron of Winnipeg, and sisters-in-law: Gertie McPherson, Ida MacPherson and Sheilagh McPherson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and stepchildren: Heather, Vivian, and Warren Richardson.
Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, James and Jean McPherson, brothers James, Frederick, Leonard, sister Alice May, her great-grandchild Brendan Beaudoin and former husband Robert Richardson.
Dorothy was born the youngest of six children at her parent’s farmhouse in LaSalle, Manitoba. As a child they moved into Winnipeg and this is where she grew up and attended Montcalm School, and Daniel McIntyre School. She married and raised her family in Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, Kamloops and retired to Courtenay, BC.
Dorothy spent many of her working years in the retail industry, she worked at The Bay, Sears, Woolworths, and Saan stores.
Dorothy was very proud of her children and would do anything she could for her family. She had many interests, loved reading non-fiction and was known to read whole sets of encyclopedias. She loved collecting recipes, shells, rocks, spoons, and teacups. A very creative woman, she enjoyed oil painting, ceramics, knitting and was a wonderful seamstress. A highlight for Dorothy was to travel to Stonehaven, Scotland in 1997 which was the hometown of her parents they so often talked about.
Thank you to Dr. Eva Hemmerich, the staff at Eagleview extended care for their gentle care while Mom lived there before returning home. Thank you also to the home support team and hospice volunteers who have assisted in making Mom comfortable during these last few weeks.
Mom requested that donations be made to the Parkinson’s Society in lieu of flowers.
An informal remembrance will be held at 1213 Thorpe Ave., East Courtenay, for those wishing to celebrate Dorothy’s life, 4:00 pm till 8:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 22.
Following cremation, the formal Memorial Service will be held late September in Winnipeg, Manitoba with interment at Brookside Cemetery.