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Dorothy Joyce West (Getty)

March 3, 1930 - November 25, 2014


Dorothy was born Moose Jaw Saskatchewan 1930 during the depression. Her family moved to Pelly Saskatchewan in 1935 in search of better farmland. Dorothy spoke of the challenges of that time but more often of the fun of skating parties and hockey games attended by many of the community in the Getty’s ice rink in the yard.

Dorothy started her 40 year teaching career in Belleau Brook School north of Pelly at age 17. A summer of “Normal school” was her only preparation for her position as a one room school house teacher. She married Keith West, a close neighbor from Maloneck when she was 19. She passed away on their 65th anniversary.

Dorothy was adventurous. She moved from the farm to Port Alberni in 1956 to start a new life. Keith and Dorothy has long careers there that provided them with a comfortable life. They had a lovely acreage that allowed them to garden and putter around in a more temperate climate than the prairies. There were regular trips back to the prairies to see family and friends. They were able to retire while they were both healthy and then to travel extensively. There were many winters in Palm Springs with travels across Canada and the US. They were also lucky enough travel to Hawaii, Mexico Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Dorothy was always an early adopter of new technology; movie cameras, microwaves, computers, digital cameras. She was unafraid of new challenges. Dorothy sang while playing the guitar and organ for her school children. She was also part of a neighborhood group of musicians that played for their own enjoyment. Dorothy was an active sports fan. Hockey was important to her but curling was really a focus. It was most exciting for her when her niece Shannon was in the Olympics.

Dorothy's later life was committed to caring for her husband Keith. Caring for him at home by herself for many years and then with caregivers in the home for several more. This loyalty dominated the last 15 years of her life. She kept him out of formalized care until her own physical health was compromised. Their daughter Wendy and her husband Mike, strongly encouraged Dorothy to move to Nelson BC so they could provide more support. Keith continues to live comfortably in a nursing home, responding to the positive faces he no longer knows.

Dorothy's strong will was apparent throughout her life. The nurses and care providers in Nelson, Trail, Kelowna and Mountain lakes have all used the same descriptor: feisty. She faced her medical challenges bravely through many hospital stays and doctor appointments until the eve of her 65th anniversary. We will miss her.

She is survived by her husband Keith, her son Richard (Susan) and their children Kathryn, Sarah and Robert of Redwater Alberta: Daughter Wendy West (Mike Reichardt) Siblings Tom Getty (Mabel) Hewitt Getty (Irene) Shirley Spratt and Donna Johnson (Ron). She was predeceased by her parents Julian and Kinney Getty of Pelly Saskatchewan.

The West family would like to thank the people who supported her through her medical challenges these past few years: Dr. DeKoker, Dr. Van Der Vyver, Dr. Malpass, the excellent Nelson hospital staff and of course the staff of Mountain Lake Assisted Living program.

Dorothy's ashes will be buried with her family in the Maloneck cemetery north of Pelly Saskatchewan on a sunny day next summer.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Sharron Harper
Relation: Teaching colleague

I worked with Dorothy for many years in Port Alberni. She became a good friend and a valued colleague. Please accept my condolences for your loss. She will be missed by all who knew her.

From: Marylin Geurtsen
Relation: teaching colleague

I knew Dorothy well during our teaching years together at Alberni Elementary School in Port Alberni. She contributed greatly to the lives of the many children she taught. I know she will be missed by her family.

From: Carol and Doug Romain
Relation: longtime friend

Dorothy fought long and hard for both her and Keith’s health. We will miss her. It was difficult to watch her decline in the last few years as she was such a strong force. Our sincerest condolences to Wendy and Richard and their families.

From: Monica Stuart
Relation: Friendship

We knew Dorothy and Keith when they lived in Parksville Vancouver Island. We met at church and enjoyed many visits to their lovely home and garden. They spoke sometimes about their earlier difficult lives, and of their love for the family and their care for her and Keith.. Dorothy had a strong and loving personality which was balanced by her faith in God.in whom she fully trusted. Dorothy’s journey is now completed and we are sure Dorothy would have quoted “You guided me with your counsel, and afterward you received me into glory” Ps. 73 v24.

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