Aug. 22, 1922 – Oct. 11, 2020
Dorothy Mary (Walker) McLaughlin passed peacefully, surrounded by family, on Thanksgiving Day in Chapman House Hospice, Owen Sound, following a short illness, at age 98.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Cecil McLaughlin. They lived their lives in Waterloo.
She was the eldest daughter of Eleanor Jessie McCarvell and James Ross Walker (of Guelph).
Predeceased by her siblings George, Eleanor (and Ed Krawchyk) and Evelyn Philp.
Dorothy was a devoted mother, loved deeply by her children Patricia of Belleville, Pamela (and Stephen Haigh) of Elora and John (and Lindsay Moeser) of Toronto.
A proud grandmother, cherished by Jessa McLaughlin Brown Samaras (Luca Chiarelli), Fraser and Graham (Robin Linton); an adoring great-grandmother to William & Katerina Samaras.
Dorothy will be dearly missed by her sisters-in-law Jeanne Walker and Joyce McLaughlin and by her many nieces and nephews with whom she had a great relationship.
Dorothy was “ahead of her time”. Her calm, wise and witty ways put others first and were delivered with grace. Her hobbies were prolific, including baking (best butter tarts), knitting, quilting and needlepoint. She was an avid reader, bridge and euchre player (who rarely lost!) as well as a crossword whisperer.
She had a full career as an OR nurse, initially at Hamilton General Hospital and then at Grand River Hospital. She maintained close friendships with colleagues through reunions from 1944 to 2020. Dorothy also provided volunteer services to First United Church and Luther Village in Waterloo. She loved travelling to warm places with family (enjoying Mexico in February 2020), as well as her cottage life with family and neighbours on the shores of Lake Huron!
Heartfelt thanks are offered to the many caring professionals who supported her over the past seven weeks: Chapman House Hospice, Grey-Bruce Health Services and the Kincardine Paramedics.
Due to Covid-19, there will be a private celebration of life.
Expressions of remembrance may be made online at www.erbgood.com. In lieu of flowers, donations to Grand River Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice can be arranged through the funeral home (519-745-8445 or www.erbgood.com) or by planting a tree.