DOROTHY GWENDOLYN RUTH GANT
1925 - 2017
Mrs. Dorothy Gwendolyn Ruth Gant, aged 91, resident of Sundre, Alberta, died peacefully on February 18, 2017 at the Innisfail Health Centre, Alberta.
Born August 6, 1925 to Herbert and Mable Coppin, she grew up in Toronto and Winnipeg where she graduated high school and business college and married Rev. Waverley Drake Gant, on August 18, 1945.
Leaving Winnipeg in 1952, she and Waverley crossed the prairies to Okotoks with three small daughters and a cat in a tiny Morris Minor. In 1956 they moved to Black Diamond in the Alberta foothills, where their family expanded by two sons and various cats, dogs and goats. They remained there for twenty-eight years.
A prime example of the modern superwoman, Dorothy combined her role as a clergyman's wife, community volunteer and mother of five with a demanding career as a high school secretary/librarian, school division Senior Secretary, and, finally, assistant to special needs students in Okotoks. She retired with Waverley to Grand Forks B.C. in 1984 where she plunged with vigour into volunteer work and creating a magnificent garden. She continued on there after Waverley's sudden death in 2001, but, following a silent heart attack in late 2003, moved to Sundre. There she lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Alec Macklin until she joined the community at Sundre Seniors' Supportive Living Facility in July 2016, fewer than eight months before her death.
Throughout her life, Dorothy was a woman of wit, humour and kindness with a near infinite capacity to worry about others. She was a lover of books, films, opera, gardening, the great outdoors and dogs, dogs, dogs. She enriched the lives of all who knew her.
She is predeceased in death by her husband, Waverley, her son, Maurice Gant and daughter, Kristin (Roy) Renneberg. She is survived by her sister, Joy (Ralph)Reeves; her children, Anne (Alec) Macklin, Liz (Hayden) Westbrook-Trenholm and David George Gant; son-in-law, Roy Renneberg and former son-in-law Rex (Rollande) Westbrook; grandchildren, Trish, Ben (Kate), and Kim (Freddie) Macklin, Steven and Susan (Kevin) Westbrook; and great-grandchildren, James and Alex Westbrook and Mairaed Macklin.
Memorial Eucharist: St. John's Anglican Church, Olds, 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017;
Memorial/Interment Service: Christ Church, Millarville, 1:30 p.m., Monday, February 27, 2017.
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