Dorothy Scott died peacefully in her sleep at Comox Valley Seniors Village on March
6, 2012, at 92 years of age. Born March 16, 1919,to parents William and
Margaret (Thomson) Shepherd, Dorothy had
an ideal childhood in Winnipeg with brother Sydney Shepherd and
sister Margaret Johnson (of Duncan B.C.). Dorothy had many fond memories of “95” Hillcrest Avenue and
of summers at the cabin at Ponemah Beach.
Dorothy attended St. Mary’s Academy where she was active on sports teams and went on to complete her training at St. Boniface Hospital to become a Registered Nurse. She worked on the maternity ward there after graduation and subsequently nursed in Trenton and North Bay, Ontario, at the Comox Air Force base hospital, and as a public health nurse in the Courtenay area.
Seventy years ago Dorothy met a handsome airman named Ralph Scott and the neighbours contributed their wartime sugar rations for the sweets for their wedding reception. Dorothy and Ralph went on to enjoy happy, adventurous lives together until Ralph died three months ago at 91.
Ralph and Dorothy had four children: Grant (Carol),
Margaret-Ann (Dale), Brian (Barbara), and David (Paula). They had seven grandchildren: Lisha, Jennifer, Jodi, Kelly, Robert, Dylan and Molly and five great-grandchildren:
Danyn, Flynn, Bailey, Shiloh and Bailey.
During their thirty-three years with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Dorothy and Ralph lived on many Canadian bases, mostly in Ontario and B.C., and loved their two overseas postings in France and Germany where they camped as a family in many countries in Europe. They were always
involved in the United Church throughout their lives-most notably during 23 years with the Westbank United Church where they first retired then an additional 13 years with the Cumberland United Church after they moved to Courtenay. Dorothy was active with the United Church Women, helped weekly in the thrift shop, and was often in charge of the
nursery. Mom loved people, especially children, and was close to the children in her family and to kids in the
neighbourhood. She was a wonderful wife, mother,
grandmother, great-grandmother and was honoured to
be the godmother of Chad Jacques now of Victoria.
When Dorothy and Ralph moved to Courtenay, it was to be closer to their younger grandchildren and to have easier
access to their summer cabin on Hornby Island. She
especially loved being with her grandchildren at “grandma’s beach”. Dorothy loved camping, knitting, crocheting, playing cards, gardening, travelling, beachcombing, reading and
socializing. She was fun-loving and reasonably patient when Ralph made sure everyone heard the same joke she had heard many times over.
Dorothy and Ralph celebrated their 65th wedding
anniversary five years ago when they moved into assisted living at Casa Loma in Courtenay and they went on to make many new friends of residents and staff there and after their move to the adjacent Comox Valley Seniors Village. Dorothy and Ralph received the best of care and probably both lived a few extra years because of that.
The family is appreciative of the support from the staff of Cumberland Care Center where Dorothy attended the day program, Casa Loma and Comox Valley Seniors Village, Dr. S. Matous, John Williams of the Courtenay Legion, Rev. P. Thomsen and Rev. J. Kasmer of Cumberland United and to extended family and friends.
Dorothy Scott’s celebration of life will be held at Comox
Valley Seniors Village at 4640 Headquarters Road in
Courtenay on Saturday, March 24th, at 1:30 p.m.