RUSSELL, Dorothy Margaret "Dot" (Spicer)
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Age 92 of Kentville, Nova Scotia, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends on November 20, 2012 following a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of the late John Thomas "Tom" Russell of New Ross. Born in Harbourville, Nova Scotia, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Ella (Jones) Spicer. She graduated from Nova Scotia Teacher's College in 1939 and taught for 26 years in public schools in Kings and Halifax counties. The majority of her teaching was in Bedford's Fort Sackville School during the 1950's and 1960's where she provided an academic start for well over 500 young Grade 4 pupils. Throughout her career she was recognized by her students and peers for her dedication to teaching and for imparting the values of hard work, honesty and the pursuit of excellence. On her 90th birthday her accomplishments were recognized by the establishment of the Central Kings Rural High School "Dorothy Russell Incentive Award". This award is presented each year to a student, who in spite of significant personal challenges, has succeeded academically through diligence, perseverance and strong effort. She was a member of St. James Anglican Church in Kentville and a member of the Olympic Chapter of the Independent Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE). She was active in fund raising activities for the Red Cross, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Cancer Society. In 1981 she received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the town of Kentville recognizing her work with the IODE welcoming new citizens to Canada. Throughout her life she devoted herself in all her pursuits, in particular to her family and her many friends. She is survived by her son, Douglas and his wife, Marie; granddaughters, Ashley and Jennifer; great grandson, Jaxon all from Ottawa. Also surviving is her extended family of numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and the United States. She was predeceased by her husband, Tom and her siblings, Arthur, Avery, Earl, Howard, Lester, Marion, Annie and Lila. Visitation will be held from 3-6 p.m., Thursday, November 22, 2012 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 23, 2012 in St. James Anglican Church, Kentville, Reverend Cathy Pharo officiating. Burial will take place in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to the Dorothy Russell Incentive Award or to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. On-line inquiries may be directed to www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Nov. 22, 2012