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.
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