passed away at the age of 83 years on Nov 25, 2014 in Nelson, British Columbia.
A graveside service and interment was held on August 1, 2015 at the Maloneck cemetery north of Pelly Saskatchewan.
Dorothy was born Moose Jaw Saskatchewan on May 3, 1930 during the depression. Her family moved to Pelly Saskatchewan in 1935 in search of better farmland. Dorothy spoke of the challenges of that time but more often of the fun of skating parties and hockey games attended by many of the community in the Getty’s ice rink in the yard.
Dorothy started her 40 year teaching career in Belleau Brook School north of Pelly at age 17. A summer of “Normal school” was her only preparation for her position as a one room school house teacher. She married Keith West, a close neighbor from Maloneck when she was 19. She passed away on their 65th anniversary.
Dorothy was adventurous. She moved from the farm to Port Alberni in 1956 to start a new life. Keith and Dorothy has long careers there that provided them with a comfortable life. They had a lovely acreage that allowed them to garden and putter around in a more temperate climate than the prairies. There were regular trips back to the prairies to see family and friends. They were able to retire while they were both healthy and then to travel extensively. There were many winters in Palm Springs with travels across Canada and the US. They were also lucky enough travel to Hawaii, Mexico Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Dorothy was always an early adopter of new technology; movie cameras, microwaves, computers, digital cameras. She was unafraid of new challenges. Dorothy sang while playing the guitar and organ for her school children. She was also part of a neighborhood group of musicians that played for their own enjoyment. Dorothy was an active sports fan. Hockey was important to her but curling was really a focus. It was most exciting for her when her niece Shannon was in the Olympics.
Dorothy’s later life was committed to caring for her husband Keith. Caring for him at home by herself for many years and then with caregivers in the home for several more. This loyalty dominated the last 15 years of her life. She kept him out of formalized care until her own physical health was compromised. Their daughter Wendy and her husband Mike, strongly encouraged Dorothy to move to Nelson BC so they could provide more support. Keith continues to live comfortably in a nursing home, responding to the positive faces he no longer knows.
Dorothy’s strong will was apparent throughout her life. The nurses and care providers in Nelson, Trail, Kelowna and Mountain lakes have all used the same descriptor: feisty. She faced her medical challenges bravely through many hospital stays and doctor appointments until the eve of her 65th anniversary. We will miss her.
She is survived by her husband Keith, her son Richard (Susan) and their children Kathryn, Sarah and Robert of Redwater Alberta: Daughter Wendy West (Mike Reichardt) Siblings Tom Getty (Mabel) Hewitt Getty (Irene) Shirley Spratt and Donna Johnson (Ron). She was predeceased by her parents Julian and Kinney Getty of Pelly Saskatchewan.
The West family would like to thank the people who supported her through her medical challenges these past few years: Dr. DeKoker, Dr. Van Der Vyver, Dr. Malpass, the excellent Nelson hospital staff and of course the staff of Mountain Lake Assisted Living program.
The family gathered in the Maloneck cemetery north of Pelly Saskatchewan on August 1, 2015 to say goodbye to Dorothy and the love of her life Keith.
They were always happiest when they were together.