Dorothy Kathleen THOMSON

Dorothy Kathleen THOMSON

Dorothy faded away quietly on October 25, 2013.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold, and

her son, Gary. She is survived by her children

Sheron Johnson, Duane (Carol), Sandi Harder

(David), Brenda Dalzell (Bill), Wendy (Gord),

Bradley, 19 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren

and one great, great grandchild.

“Dot” was born to Jack and Maisy Hagerman in

Calgary and raised in Claresholm, AB. She met

Harold in Calgary; they married in 1937 and

moved to Oyama, where they raised their family.

In 1964 Harold, Dot and Duane purchased the

Rawsthorne property on Kalamalka Lake and

developed the Halfway House Resort, later to

become Klub Kalamalka with new owners, Sandi

and David Harder. Dot thrived there, bringing it

alive with her sunny attitude and her gardening

skills. After Harold’s death and with the onset of

macular degeneration, Dot moved to Woodsdale

Place, then to the Lake Country Manor, and to

Coté Place. Losing her vision cramped her style

but not her spirit. She was supported by many

friends, most notably Murna Tracy and Anita

Baker. In the end, she was lovingly cared for by her

family and by Dave and Sandra Elke at Homestead

Place, assisted by Interior Health and the palliative


Dot was a provider and caregiver extraordinaire.

She sewed, knit, cooked, baked and she preserved

whatever grew plentifully in the Okanagan. Dot

fostered numerous children. She grew flowers

and vegetables and built rockeries and waterfalls,

always beautifying her surroundings. She enjoyed

singing in the United Church choir and with the

Lake Country Songsters. She always felt fortunate

to enjoy her friends, family and caregivers. Dot

inspired all who knew her, her family and her

many friends. She was Grandma Dot to many.

A celebration of her life will be held on April 19th,

2014 at 2:00 in the Oyama Community Hall.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, 250-860-7077

Your condolences will be approved within one business day. You will need a valid Facebook account. Please email us if you have any questions.