Dorothy Vernon Wilkins, 92, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, Oct. 29, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital.
She was born Sept. 17, 1907 in Portage La Prairie, Man. to the late Emily and Frank Myers.
Dorothy moved with her family to Fort Frances in 1911. In her early years, she lived over Myers Lumber Company and spent many hours watching her dad build cedar strip boats, cabinets, and fish boxes in the workshop downstairs.
Dorothy graduated from the University of Winnipeg and after obtaining her teaching certificate from the University of Toronto, taught in several district schools and the Fort Frances High School.
Following her marriage July 18, 1933 to Edward Wilkins, she became involved in the floral business and for many years she created unique and wonderful floral masterpieces for local events.
Dorothy inherited a great musical talent from her parents and participated in musical productions such as “The Mikado,” directed by her father. She also was the organist for the Order of the Eastern Star for many years.
Some of her most treasured moments were spent on Cedar Island of Rainy Lake with family and friends. Dorothy loved to travel and particularly enjoyed her winters in Florida.
Dorothy was a very loving and giving person, and lavished that love and generosity on her husband, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Surviving are her husband, Edward, of Fort Frances; two sons, Thomas and wife, Mary, of Dryden, Ont. and their children, Debbie and husband, Martin MacKinnon, of Dryden, Ont., Dorothy and husband, Doug Beaushene, of Balmertown, Ont., Dawn Wilkins of Vancouver, B.C., Patricia and husband, William Wrolstad, of Dryden, Ont., and Daniel Wilkins of Dryden, Ont., and son, Peter and wife, Janet, of Fort Frances, Ont. and their children, Marion Wilkins and fiancé, Randy Beamish, of Fort Frances, Ont., Sandra and husband, Kevin Enns, of Minnedosa, Man., and Mark (Andrea Hawrylak) of Red Lake, Ont.
Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren, Nicole, Bryan, Neil, Melissa, Clancy, Molly, Liam, Andrew, and Alexandra; one sister, Mabel Slinger of White Rock, B.C.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Emily and Frank Myers; and a brother, Rusty Myers.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church in Fort Frances. Rev. Barbara Murray officiated, with interment in the Fort Frances Cemetery.
Friends visited Monday, Nov. 1, 1999 from 7 until 8 p.m. at Green Funeral Home. An Order of the Eastern Star #80 Memorial Service was held at 7:30 p.m.
Pallbearers were Daniel Wilkins, Mark Wilkins, Bryan Beaushene, Doug Beaushene, Frank Myers, and Ian Hamilton.