GIBBONS (nee SMITH), Dorothy

March 19, 1932-March 19, 2014

Dorothy Gibbons (nee Smith) passed away peacefully in Yucalta Lodge under the exceptional care of the nurses at Homestead and the comforting glow of the angel lamp.

Born and graduated in Weyburn – she earned her teaching degree and started her career in Saskatchewan. Life on the coast began with accepting a teaching post at Port Neville, B.C. where she married in 1954 and her first child, Michael was born. She then moved to Kelsey Bay, where she nurtured her children and furthered her education at UBC. A move to Campbell River brought rewarding full-time teaching positions at Elm, Campbellton and Willow Point Elementary Schools.

She proudly served the students of Campbell River from September 1962 to December 1987. During this time, she was actively involved and thanked for all her years of service to the Boy Scouts of Canada, 1st, Evergreen group.

During retirement, she enjoyed sightseeing trips from Alaska to Mexico, collecting Canadian antiques, visits to Jesmar House and Parkinson Society meetings. Throughout her nine years at Yucalta, she enjoyed gardening, music, Bible studies, taking part in recreational activites and the company of the Yucalta team.

Sadly predeceased by son, Michael (1955-1972). Left to remember her kind and compassionate spirit, sharp mind and fun side are children, Philip, Sylvia, Jennifer (Marc), former husband and good friend, Daniel; grandsons, Clayton, Steve and Neil and great-grandchildren, Alice and Nolan.

Fondly remembered by brothers, Herbie, Harvey and sister, Leona. Predeceased by sister Norma, Uncle Andy Geiss and parents, Harold Smith and Ethel Doyle.

Special thanks and appreciation to all the nurses and staff for the extra TLC, to Dr. Veerapen and to all the volunteers who brightened Dorothy’s days with music and special events at Jesmar House and Yucalta.

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