Dorothy Mary Wesley

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WESLEY, Dorothy Mary - 1914 - July 30, 2011 Peacefully in her sleep after 97 years of a life well lived. Dorothy (nee Elder) was predeceased by her husband Sam (1992). Her common sense, watchful eye and good humour will be missed by her family especially her sons Bud (Linda) and Hugh (Muriel Duncan), grandchildren Nikki (Josh Pembleton), Steve and Devin. Also by Dorothy's little sister Bette Elder and friend Laura Wesley. Newly arrived great- grandchild Scarlett Lily May will have to watch the videos. Dorothy grew up on Fern Ave., near Sunnyside in Toronto. Sidelined as a child with rheumatic fever, she was held out of school, destined for a quiet restricted life. Dorothy disagreed, finished high school and never looked back. She worked for Bausch & Lomb in the optical business until she met and married Sam Wesley. During the war they relocated to Petawawa where Sam was serving as an artillery training officer. They raised their family in Etobicoke where Dorothy was a wonderful mother and wife and an active community volunteer. Dorothy and Sam retired to country living in the Caledon Hills on a small acreage for ten years, then to a less physically challenging lifestyle at Landmark condo in Mississauga. Inseparable, Dorothy and Sam were models of a great marriage, supporting each other's hobbies and interests, enjoying nature, gardening and United Church volunteer work. After Sam's death, Dorothy moved to Beechwood Retirement Residence and later to the Regency in Port Credit. She was generous with her advice which, infuriatingly for family, was usually right. Her preamble often included "You should." For years we teased her about it. For the last while she was delighted to throw it back at us with a twinkle in her eye, when we offered our own "You shoulds". In the last month, Dorothy was grateful for the care she received at Trillium Hospital and the McCall Centre, but for a year she especially appreciated the kindness of caregiver Vivienne Puranda, an earthbound angel she met on the way to her present adventure. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Peel Chapel", 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy. 10, N. of QEW) on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 11 a.m. If desired, memorial donations to the CNIB or the McCall Centre for Continuing Care. See you later alligator....

Published in the Toronto Star from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, 2011
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