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Burke, Dorothy Marion

Dorothy Marion Burke, beloved wife of the late Robert Emmett Burke, passed away at Fort Macleod Extendicare on Sunday, May 10, 2009, at the age of 85 years.
Dorothy was born March 30, 1924 in Fort Macleod, the youngest daughter of Harriett and Leonard Gilboe.
Growing up, Dorothy loved to skate and dance and it was at the skating rink that she met Robert Burke, the love of her life. They were happily married for 62 years until Robert passed away in March 2005. During this time they raised their three children and made their home in Fort Macleod. Besides raising the children, Dorothy later worked at the Sears Order Office and for the Fort Macleod post office.
Dorothy was very active in the Fort Macleod community throughout her life. She was a charter member of the Royal Purple and remained a member for more than 55 years. She was also a life-long member of the Altar Guild at Christ Church Anglican and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Dorothy had many varied interests, including playing cards, bowling, volunteer work, gardening and knitting. She had an incredible talent for cooking and baking. She was also very interested in her grandchildren’s lives and activities. Everyone who knew Dot appreciated her dry wit and sense of humour.
The friends Dorothy made throughout her life, especially the “coffee ladies,” meant so much to her.
The family wishes to thank all the staff at Fort Macleod Extendicare for their attentive and special care.
Also thank you to a special niece and nephew, Donna and Terry Daniel, for their kindness to mom.
Dorothy is survived by her children Karen (Robert) Dawson of Edmonton, Robert (Susan) Burke of Victoria B.C., Patrick (Colleen) Burke of Olds; her grandchildren Camille and Courtney Dawson of Edmonton, Michael and Dan Burke of Calgary and Sean Burke of Olds.
Dorothy is also survived by her sister Lil (Tom) Gilbert of Port Stanley, Ont., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her loving husband Robert, Dorothy was predeceased by her parents Harriett and Leonard Gilboe, one brother Arthur, and sisters Florence, Gertrude, and Ev.
A funeral service was held at Christ Church Anglican, Fort Macleod, on Friday, May 15, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Noel Wygiera officiating. Interment to follow at Union Cemetery

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