Dorothy Drake Canning
1921 - 2014
Our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, Dorothy, passed away in her sleep on Tuesday the 25th of February 2014. All people were fondly known to her as "Love".
Dorothy was born on what we are sure was a sunny day (sometimes rare) on the 21st of December 1921 in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England to the proud parents of Nellie Gertrude Drake and Walter Drake - the second of six siblings.
Although she had a troubled childhood in school (she was often late and locked out), she found her way to becoming a beautiful young lady that often attracted the attention of local boys. But her heart was meant for another. At an afternoon tea dance near her home, she met a pilot - a handsome American chap from Barber, Idaho who was taking some R&R after crashing a plane during World War II. The courtship flourished, but was surely sealed with the young pilot bringing gifts from time to time from all over Europe to Dorothy and her siblings. They were married in St. Peters Church in Aston-Under-Lyne on the 14th of July 1945. Her wedding dress being made out of a silk parachute canopy supplied by her intended. Dorothy became one of many "War Brides".
Shortly after the wedding, she undertook the huge adventure of leaving her family in England and sailing by ship to New York City. Then on by train across this huge desolate country (Not much green in the USA, compared to Great Britain.) to the train depot in Boise, Idaho, where she was met by her husband, John, in Boise. They began married life in the southern Idaho desert - much different than Dorothy's beloved homeland of England.
Two sons came along in the late '40s and early '50s, John and Joe. Life continued to be exciting, happy and an adventure. Dorothy created an adventure out of everything - she was always full of energy, and just wondering whom she was going to meet next to call "Love."
The wife of a part-time (National Guard) military officer was a role that fit well with Dorothy. She made innumerable friends from all over the world, many of them were fellow War Brides. And she called all of them "Love". As the wife of a charter member of the Gowen Field Officers' Club, she continued to serve on their board or just attend events there until 2012.
We will miss her. At least on this world, a star has gone dark.
Join us for a memorial service for Dorothy at 3:00 PM on Tuesday the 4th of March 2014 at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel located at 5400 Fairview Avenue in Boise.