SMITH, Dorothy Redmayne
Dorothy passed away peacefully on June 3, 2021, on her own terms, in her beloved West 2nd home. She was born April 30, 1925, in Toronto, Ontario. (she loved the fact that her birthday was Income Tax Day) Dorothy was the loved wife of William Charles Smith (d. 2003) for forty eight years, and loved mother to Dorothy Lee (Ed), Susan (Ross), Richard and Douglas (Barb). Dorothy was happiest in her kitchen, baking cakes and cookies, and preserving jams and jellies. In another life, she probably could have set up a successful business with her ability to combine the most unusual flavours. Who else had lavender flavoured shortbread forty years ago? Her cakes graced the tables of many weddings, birthdays, showers, graduations, and christenings. Her shortbread was legendary. For some, Christmas just wasn’t Christmas until they had a plate with Dorothy’s finest. Dorothy’s hands were rarely still. She knit over two thousand baby hats for the Birthing and NICU units of St. Joseph’s and Joseph Brant Hospitals. Dorothy crotcheted and knitted blankets, many of which were given to those who were out in the cold. Our mom was the Hallmark-Carlton Queen. I don’t think she ever forgot a birthday, graduation, anniversary or celebration card. Dorothy was a faithful member of Olivet United Church (a life long UCW member) and with a heavy heart, and her resilient nature, she sadly accepted its closing. Dorothy’s family want to express our deep gratitude to her devoted neighbours and friends, Tiny and Lori, Sarah and Andrew, June, Bernice, Gayle and Jim (who always helped with her taxes) making it possible for our mom to remain in her home. There are no adequate words to thank her primary care physician Dr. Fugere and team, who showed such devotion and insight, caring for all her physical and emotional needs. Dorothy was so grateful to Rev. Philip Gardner who became her trusted spiritual guide and friend. Dorothy was a proud grandma to five granddaughters, Erin, Courtney, Martha, Bethany, and Kaylin. She delighted in being GG to Lily, Sadie, Myles, Carter, Braeden, and Kylie. Dorothy was predeceased by a brother and two sisters. She is survived by her brother Stuart (Julie) of California USA. Most of Dorothy’s friends beat her to the Pearly Gates and undoubtedly were there to welcome her. A private funeral will be held for immediate family due to Covid. In lieu of any flowers, West Plains United Church and Canadian Diabetes Association were her two favoured charities. Please demonstrate kindness, caring, and understanding to each other, in Dorothy’s memory, and when this dreadful pandemic is over, for heaven’s sake, take a friend to lunch. Nothing would please Dorothy more.