Dorothy Watson, beloved wife of the late George Watson passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the age of 80.
Dorothy is survived by her sons Gary and Jim, both of Fort Macleod, Darcy (and wife Ardin) of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Gordon (and wife CheriLynn) of Dubuque, Iowa, and daughter Wendy of Edmonton.
Dorothy is also survived by her grandchildren Glen (Jim), Melissa, Andrew, Lana, Joanne (Gary), Chelsea, Taylor (Darcy), Eric and Emily (Gordon), and great grandson Nicholas (Gary).
Dorothy was born on Oct. 8, 1933. She was raised by her mother Margaret Parker and spent her early years in Grassy Lake, Alta. with her siblings Peggy, Wilson, Jim and Richard, with whom she was very close.
It was during those simple days that Dorothy’s innate abilities to build with wood began to show. When her grandpa asked her one day how she knew how to put the pieces she had found together like she did, she responded, “I just know how, Grandpa.”
The family moved to Fort Macleod and Dorothy attended school there, especially enjoying the opportunity to participate on the sports teams. She preferred playing sports to watching others play, although once she had children she was a regular spectator rink-side, court-side, and at the diamonds. Sports and teammates continued to play a significant role in Dorothy’s life, and she made many dear, life-long friends over the years.
Dorothy and George were married in September 1953, although later they could never agree whether it was on the fourth or the fifth. They settled on their farm at Pearce and Dorothy was in heaven. She had her partner in life and an environment that suited her talents. And soon there were children, too! The family relocated to Fort Macleod in 1971, but they continued to farm for several years. As well as farming, Dorothy and George also worked other jobs, always with the focus on caring for their family first.
Retirement was not a word in Dorothy’s vocabulary, as she was never one for sitting still. She took great pride in her independence and in taking care of George. She made beautiful toys, baskets, bowls, and plates with her scroll saw (and a very steady hand!). She was also George’s best right hand in his many wood projects, often drawing up the plans on the back of an old envelope.
The loss of George in 2010 hit Dorothy very hard, as did her inability to continue to create her wooden works of art. Her mind often wandered back to those days on the farm, when her mind and body were strong and her love was at her side.
Dorothy passed away peacefully, surrounded by people she loved, in the town she loved. In her own words, she lived a wonderful life.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Union Cemetery, Fort Macleod, with Rev. Eras Van Zyl, officiating.
Memorial donations may be made in Dorothy’s memory to STARS, P.O. Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, T2E 8M7
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home – Fort Macleod, 403-553-3772, 2424 Fifth Ave. www.edensfuneralhome.com.