DEHLER, Sally Freda
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OCTOBER 25, 1922 - JANUARY 29, 2013
With dignity and courage, and family at her side, Sally passed away from pneumonia at the Ottawa Civic Hospital at the age of 90. Former wife of the late John Dehler. Much loved mother of John (Sally) and Sally Tindale (Vince). Very proud Nan of Wendy Dehler (Keith Conn), Tom Dehler (Natalie Schleyer), and Jennifer Tindale (Ben Ovington). Great- Nan of Steccia, Justus, and newborn twins, Owen and Aubrey.
Sally was born in Sussex, England and grew up in the idyllic countryside of Cobham, Surrey with parents, James and Edith Still, and siblings, Harold, Joan, and Doug, all deceased. She spoke often of her beloved home "Hillside" and her father's magnificent gardens. During WWII, Sally was proud of her service in the Women's Royal Air Force. As a war bride, she came to Canada with her treasured baby son to join her husband. She lovingly devoted her early years to caring for her family and home. She was a fun-loving mother, an accomplished homemaker, and superb baker. Vacations included trips to England and time with family at her cottage on Battle Lake. She maintained a strong work ethic and enjoyed a career of 25+ years as manager of blood transport at the Canadian Red Cross. Representing the staff, she was delighted to meet Prince Charles and Diana at a luncheon at the Chateau Laurier. In retirement, she volunteered at Red Cross and Good Companions. Enjoying life's simple pleasures, her day would not be complete without a glass of brandy while doing the crossword.
Sally's motto for life was "Onward and Upward." A 3 time cancer survivor, she faced many health challenges but always emerged with her unfailing sense of humour intact. Living with the misery of dementia, she was forever thankful to her family whose loving care and companionship made her last years as enjoyable as possible. She will be remembered for her ready smile, her clever wit, and her youthful and courageous spirit.
Sally's family would like to thank thoracic surgeon, Dr. Farid Shamji, for his inspiring and expert care over the past 25 years, and family physician, Dr. Susan Wilkinson, for her many years of care and kindness. Cremation has taken place. A service of remembrance and reception will be held next month at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod St. Details to follow. Flowers gratefully declined but donations may be made to the Salvation Army.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2013