May 23, 1923 – March 2, 2019
Dorothy Dexter (Sly), resident of Fraser Village, and loving parent of 4 children passed away peacefully on March 2, 2019 at Hospice House at Dunrovin Lodge at the age of 95 years.
Dorothy was born on May 20, 1923 in Maske, England to parents, Nora and Arthur Sly. Dorothy’s Dad was in the British Navy and it was the War Years so her mother packed up all 4 children and made the voyage to Canada in 1939 where they landed in Saint John, New Brunswick. The family bought a farm in Upper Clements, Nova Scotia where Dorothy resided until meeting and marrying Marsden (Bud) Snow Dexter.
Farming and the country life was always an important part of both Dorothy’s life and Bud’s life so they moved to Tupperville, Nova Scotia where they bought a farm and raised 4 children (Terence, Maureen, Patricia, and Kathleen). Dorothy had a passion for all creatures great and small, but most noteworthy was her love of dogs and most pictures of mom were with her favorite four legged fur babies.
Dorothy also had a passion for singing and music, bird watching, journaling her daily life and being an English Gardener to the utmost (she could make any plant grow and bring most sick plants back to life). Dorothy had journals and books of music she enjoyed over the years and could always, in conversation, relate it to some phrase of a particular song she remembered (both funny and an amazing gift).
Being a British lady, Dorothy required things to be discussed over a hot brew of black tea with only a bit of milk, no sugar as you needed the full flavor of the tea and brewed with extremely hot water (she mostly took her own bag of tea to be placed in the hot water as she often said, “They make it too weak, so I just help it along”). Dorothy was a living example of her favorite bible verse, Ephesians 4:32 “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” She was known for her love and compassion towards her family and friends and her happy light hearted personality with maybe a little stubborn flair to keep things interesting.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Nora, brother Ron, sister Betty, and loving husband of 60 years Marsden (Bud). Dorothy is survived by her sister, Gwen, her son Terence (Marion), daughter Maureen (Paul), daughter Patricia (Ray), daughter Kathleen (Edward); 8 grandchildren Douglas, Marsden, Cindy, Dana, Pam, Wendy, Chris and Lucas; 13 great grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. All she loved and touched in her caring way.
Thank you to Dorothy’s many friends and special long time friends such as Corrine Cook, Carol Weyes, John Prentice, Shannon Scott, Meredith Douglas, Pastor Vic and Diane and her special English friend, Daisy Lawrence who preceded Dorothy in death. Dorothy’s ashes will be spread in the Spring where her and Marsden and their little dog spent many happy moments together.
The family of Dorothy would like to thank the nurses of Hospice House for their care and support of our mom in her time of great need. The family would also like to thank Dr Jawanda for his care of Dorothy over the years and Dr Martin for her ER care of Dorothy. A special thank you to the residents of Fraser Village for the lovely card and friendship you offered over the years to our mother while she was a resident of Fraser Village. Thank you to the Home Support Caregivers who came every day to assist Dorothy and to Darlene for spending every Monday morning with Mom helping with the house chores.
Because of Dorothy’s love of animals and dogs, in lieu of flowers and to honor her memory please donate to the local SPCA and/or Crooked Leg Ranch.
Dorothy’s final words were, “I’ve had a wonderful life and thank you to all my family and friends for making it so special.”