Sadly, the family announces the passing of Dinah Mary McDowall, 71, of Devlin, Ont., on Friday, May 8, 2015 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Dinah was born Sept. 28, 1943 in the County of Flete, Modbury Devon, England to Fernley and Mary Lockhart.
Dinah and her family immigrated to Canada after WWII and settled in Aylmer, Ont. She started her working career with the Department of Highways in London, Ont., then transferred to Ottawa, Ont. where she met and married Bill, the love of her life for more than 50 years.
Dinah and Bill had one son, Timothy, and she always said she went for quality, not quantity.
In 1965, they moved to Almonte, Ont., Bill’s hometown. Dinah worked at the Women’s Career Counselling Service in Ottawa for two years.
She then was attracted to the horticulture industry and began working for a large nursery operation, eventually taking charge of the perennial division.
She spent most of her free time taking courses from the University of Guelph and the University of Alberta.
In 1981, Dinah and Bill moved to Devlin and purchased the Forsyth farm on Highway 613, where they raised Scottish Highland cattle, established a consulting engineering firm with George Wegman, and eventually the Northwest Nursery.
Dinah took charge of the nursery operation, which extended to the seedling production for the MNR and wholesale of plants across Canada, Michigan, and Tennessee.
Dinah is survived by her husband, Bill, son, Timothy (Patti), and grandchildren, Ryan, Jennifer, and Aaron McDowall, all of Devlin, Ont.
She also is survived by her sisters, Susan Hughes (Harry) and Catherine Gerhart (James); brothers, Peter and John Lockhart; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Dinah’s life will be held by her family at a later date.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Salvation Army Fort Frances c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com