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Alice Dunwoodie

Alice Dunwoodie Aug, 9th, 1922 - Nov 7 2012 ALICE ELIZABETH DUNWOODIE

GIBSONS, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Alice Elizabeth Dunwoodie died on Oct. 7, 2012, following a short illness. 90 years old, she filled all of her days with love and laughter, endearing her to many.

Nana, as she was affectionately called by all, doted on her two grandchildren, Theresa and Tarina, loved her three great-grandchildren Taylor, Naomi and Tyson to distraction, and lived for family. She enjoyed a successful career in sales, possessing a gift for turning customers into friends. She played bingo Thursday nights for years and loved to tell you about a $20,000 jackpot she won. Lucille Ball loose in the suburbs, her family said. Nana, after all, was known to pick up the TV remote control and start dialing, until realizing it wasn't the phone. Laughing heartily at what she had done, this mite of a woman who never left the house without her face on would phone her friends and tell on herself! And who else her age had a paper route? Up until recently, she was delivering newspapers and fliers to three floors of the Christenson Village retirement community.

She was born on Aug. 9, 1922, in Avonlea, Saskatchewan. She and her husband, Bob, were married in Edmonton, Alberta, having met there when both were stationed in the military. They lived for much of their life together in Richmond, British Columbia. When she lost her beloved husband in 1972 - his sudden death was the most challenging time in her life - she found a work home at The Bay department store, selling large appliances, stereos and TVs. It was the perfect job, allowing her to swap stories and make friends. She'd get her son, Dave, to go to her customers' homes to set up their new purchase. A long list of faithful customers over the years asked for Alice.

Mrs. Dunwoodie is survived by her son David (Cheryl), three siblings, George Lazarescu, Ruby La Pierre, and Joyce Lindstein, and, as mentioned, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Freda, Sheila and Doreen, her best friends, filled her life with joy, as she did theirs.

She thought of others before herself. Saddened by their loss, Alice would surely try to comfort loved ones with a phrase she was known to share: There, there, it will be OK.

Everyone who knew her will forever celebrate her qualities.... she brightened our lives. She considered getting up each morning to be the start of a new adventure. Despite diabetes, she laughed heartily and often. She loved bus trips to Reno, the Vancouver Canucks, Jerry Springer and The Young and the Restless soap opera on TV, and delighting her family with scotch eggs and butter tarts every Christmas. We will miss those traditions.

Unforgettable and irreplaceable, those of us who knew her will forever celebrate her kindness and selflessness. Her quick-witted humour and generosity made her one of a kind. Although nearly impossible to capture the essence of her life in so few words, Nana and her family might settle on this at her passing:

Life can be beautiful, but old age is not for sissies!!



Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jan. 5, 2013
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