Dolores C. McCormick (nee Hutchinson) June 7, 1934-February 14, 2013 Dolores Claudette McCormick
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our Mother on Valentines Day. She died with her "girls" holding her, at her home on the farm, in Oldcastle. We are blessed to have had such an amazing role model in our life. Mom guided, taught, supported us through all of our journeys. In the end, we guided and supported her through her final journey.
Born to Mabel and Earl Hutchinson, Garden City, Michigan. Little sister to brother Ken (Geri) from Northville, Michigan. Mother to Cyndi (Russ), Kelly (Mike), Kary (Mark), Kim (Tony), Shelly, Sherry and Susan (Tony)
Grandmother to Tami, Troy, Jordan, Myles, Kord, Blake, Cole, Colin, Conner, Grace(2005), Matteo, Mitchell and Samantha. Great grandmother of four. Mom fondly referred to them all as her "little bastards".
Mom married our Dad, Dr.George Ralph McCormick in 1957. They lived in Dearborn, Michigan for their first few years while Dad was doing his residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital. They started a family and eventually moved over to Windsor, settling on a farm located in Oldcastle.
While Dad was busy at the Hospital and working the farm, Mom "managed" her GIRLS. We were her world. . . her passion. . . .HER heart beat. She often told her friends how lucky she was to have us. But the truth is, we were the lucky ones to have her!!!
Mom wasn't interested in having the "finer" things in life, we were her prize possessions, her trophy, her everything. She often reflected on the yesteryears as "the best times". Reminiscing about our camping trips to Algonquin Park, Florida and the East coast, all bunched together in the station wagon with Mom as the chauffeur. Then there were the ski trips to Boyne Mtn, Blue Mtn, Lake Louise, Alberta, and Vail, Colorado. Mom and Dad had a saying "a family that ski's together, stays together". Our last ski trip together in 1989 was to Vail, Colorado. It was priceless! Mom loved the run BORN FREE in Vail and ironically she lived her life in this manner.
Mom was well known for saying what was on her mind. If you didn't know her, you might of been offended with her choice of vocabulary that rolled off her tongue. (as mentioned above when referring to her grandchildren). This display was often seen and heard when she played golf. Mom was a member at Dominion Golf Course for many years and had built a family of friends there. She played in the Thursday morning ladies golf League with her "other girls" who were her second family. She could be heard across the course yelling her obscenities at a rotten drive or a missed put. And, if you tried to "fluff" your ball or give yourself a "toe wedge" to improve your lie, you would have to face the wrath of Mom and the rule book. Then there was the euchre games after the round. Mom and her golfing friends had lots of laughs together.
Mom raised us to be strong, independent, loving, passionate and determined women. She wanted us to have a good education so that we could take care of ourselves and not have to depend on anyone. When we made a mistake, she never judged us. She would tell us to pick up our heads, pull our shoulders back and to march on. Mom was our ROCK, the top of our PYRAMID, the HEART of our family.
Mom remained at the farm in Oldcastle after Dad passed away (1999). This was her home......our home.....our family gathering place all year round. We enjoyed the summer around the pool, where the grandchildren could come and swim, or her girls would come and "skinny dip". We told Mom there was something in the water at the farm that made us do crazy things. At Christmas time, Mom used to say "I'll be home for Christmas", and that is always where we would go as well.
While staying at the farm with Mom we would always reach for a pair of Dad's pajama's to slip into. NOW, we will be sliding into Mom's, retiring to a bedroom, couch or lounge chair ..... or "somewhere". So good night Mom, breath easy, walk freely, sleep peacefully and for now.....guess what, we'll be here!
We would like to thank Jacque from the VON, for treating Mom with love and respect. To Dr.Patrick X. Smith for being at our beck and call whenever we had questions or concerns about Mom and never hesitating to help.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Hospice of Windsor would be appreciated. Cremation has already taken place but our family would like you to come and share in the celebration of Mom's life on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the Ciccaro Club, 3745 North Talbot Rd., Maidstone, Ontario from 4pm-10pm. On line condolences can be made through the Gerald A. Smith funeral home at www.geraldasmith.ca