Dorothy Emily Montgomery
April 5, 1923 – June 25, 2010
Predeceased by: Husband: Herbert Victor Montgomery
Parents: Agnes Arthur & Sydney John Pye
Brothers: John, Ken, Bert and Ernie Pye
Survived by: Sons: Glen (Nadine), John (Lynn), Scott Montgomery
Grandchildren: Emily, Daniel, Darren and Shane Montgomery
All who knew Dorothy would have to agree that she was a spunky gal. She was always very active and loved music and dance. She attended Alec Muir School in Toronto and graduated from Dominion Business College. She worked at Loblaws, Small Arms (during the war) and Bromo-Seltzer. She married Herb in 1944 and became a stay at home mom when Glen arrived. Dorothy was a very giving and welcoming person. She cared for our family of 5 plus: grandparents, uncles, cousins from Bermuda, cousins from England, cousins from Toronto and even some of our friends. They all came to live at our house and Mom looked after us all.
Even with all that responsibility at home, Dorothy got out there and had fun. She was a member of the Long Branch Swim Club, she taught dance lessons, worked part time and she belonged to the Long Branch Ladies Bicycle Club. Those gals rode for miles all over the city. When Dorothy was blind with cataracts they would “ fly in formation” with Dorothy in the middle, the other ladies telling her what was ahead and which way to turn. Amazingly she always came home in one piece!
Mom was a tremendous host, her countless parties were always a blast. Her midnight buffet was spectacular- she could feed an army all by herself.
After Dad passed away Dorothy moved to Campbell River to be closer to John, Lynn and the grandkids.-also for the nice weather. She was so proud to be in Shoreline’s first production ‘Oklahoma’. She loved being a part of Campbell River Singers and met many close friends there. She founded the Happy Wanderers Hand Bell Choir and taught the bells at the Community Centre for 14 years. Ma loved those bells and the group was always such a hit when they performed around town.
Sadly dementia set in and robbed Mom of her zest for life and sparkly personality. Now her spirit is free to go off and have a great time again. ‘Bless your tender heart’ Mom. We’ll miss you always.
The family would like to thank Terry Fulton of Forde House, Mary Cook and Geri Perrier-Evely. Also the doctors and nurses of the Campbell River Hospital for your outstanding care during Dorothy’s many visits. Thank you to doctors Pete Friedrichs, Kathleen McFadden and Rose Pocock for your kind compassionate care of Dorothy during her life in Campbell River. Thank you to all Dorothy’s Campbell River friends. And a heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Yucalta Lodge. Your hard work, care, kindness, humour and compassion go above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you so much for guiding Mom through her final years.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Dorothy on Sat. July 17, 2010 at
Trinity Presbyterian Church 145 Sims Rd. Campbell River at 2:00 p.m.
Rev. John Green officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Yucalta Lodge, Tidemark
Theatre, Campbell River Hospital or a charity of your choice.