It is with much sadness we announce the passing of our mother, wife, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend, Dorothy Walmsley on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at the Carberry Health Centre.
Dorothy was predeceased by her beloved husband Sidney. She is lovingly remembered by her sons Don (Michele) and Robin (Val); daughter Kerry Leigh (Matthew); as well as grandchildren Cheryl (Graham), Kelly (Kirk), Michael (Linda), Jeremy (Lin), Rebecca (Austin); great grandchildren Hayley (Cory), Airlyn, Elizabeth, Kathleen, Grayson and Ethan; great grandson Alex. Also mourning Mum are the nieces and nephews and the multitude of friends who were so special and close to her.
We will all miss Mum’s smile, laughter and sparkling eyes. Mum was always active in the community; she was a Brownie Leader from 1953-54, and with Sid the co-founder of three amateur theatre groups: Virden Player in the 50’s, Portage la Prairie Players in the 70’s and Candlelight Productions in the 90’s. Mum was an accomplished amateur actress and producer acting in 24 plays between 1963-1992. Mum was also a businesswoman co-owning the Treasure Chest with her good friend Lorraine Rae and then owner of the Copper Kettle. She also served as vice president of the Portage Chamber of Commerce. Mum volunteered in Portage with Palliative Care, the Army Cadets and the Children’s wish Foundation. Any donations to either of these three charities would be greatly appreciated by Mum. Our Mother’s special gift was the ability to make everyone she met to feel welcomed, listen to and encouraged to be part of any activity she was part of regardless of age or walk of life. Mum loved to entertain and was noted for her hostess prowess. Mum may no longer be physically with us but her spirit and the memories we have of our time with her will last in our hearts forever.
Our family would like to thank the Southern Health Home Care staff, Portage and District Hospital, St. Boniface Cardiology and the Carberry Health Centre for their support and caring for Mum in her last days.
A private family interment will take place at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, with a Celebration of Dorothy’s life to be held in the Spring of 2022.
A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. www.mckenziesportagefuneralchapel.com