Dorothy MacDonald
In Loving Memory of

Dorothy Beatrice MacDonald

1931 - 2018

Obituary of Dorothy Beatrice MacDonald

Passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Monday, December 31, 2018 at Gilmore Lodge, Fort Erie, ON, in her 88th year, one day short of her 65th wedding anniversary. She is survived by her loving husband Gordon, son Greg (Pam), daughter Laurie (Charles), grandchildren Paul MacDonald, Sandra (Andrew) Baines, and sister Janet Campbell. She is predeceased by her parents; and her siblings, Irene, Ruby, and Eric Campbell.

Dorothy was born in the family farmhouse near Hopeville, ON., (Proton Twp., Dundalk highlands area). She was a good student, and an outstanding track and field athlete. Her first employment was a bank teller, then elementary school teacher. She married on January 1, 1954 and in 1958, became a stay-at-home mother. In 1975, she began a very successful career as a Niagara Falls real estate agent, retiring in 1992. During retirement, she was a volunteer for several years at the Niagara Community Outreach (soup kitchen).

Dorothy was a talented artist, wrote both serious and humorous poetry, also authored published short stories. She lived by a code of high standards, with honesty, loyalty, and dependability being paramount. However, she was no shrinking violet and was as brave as a lion if occasion demanded. She was the heart of our family and will be sorely missed.

Unfortunately, Dorothy slowly entered a world of darkness, confusion and fear. It was the onset of late-life dementia (Alzheimer's). Eventually, home care was inadequate, and she became a resident of Gilmore Lodge Nursing Home, where she received excellent care and attention for the past 2 ½ years. We are so grateful to the wonderful staff at this facility.

Arrangements are entrusted with Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-354-2133). Following cremation, a private memorial service for Dorothy’s family will be officiated by Pastor Rex Smith, followed by a “Celebration of Life” luncheon. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Gilmore Auxiliary, and/or the Friends of Gilmore. Online condolences may be shared on Dorothy's tribute page found at

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Jane and Pat Feryn
5 years ago

It was such a pleasure reading about the wonderful life your mother lived. Thank you for sharing with us. Please know that you are in our hearts and thoughts as you celebrate your mother’s remarkable life. Much love to you Laurie and to your family.

Jane and Pat

Cathrin Winhold
5 years ago

Our sincere condolences to our dear friends Laurie & Charles, on the passing of their Mother/ Mother-in- Law.

Our thoughts & hearts go out to you.

Hans & Cathy

Tara De Silva
5 years ago

We extend our deepest sympathies to you Laurie and your family, and Charles. May the soul of your mother be at peace with our Heavenly Father.
Tara & Raj

Majir Renee Clarke
5 years ago

To Laurie and family…my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. To Janet (sister), May God provide you with comfort at this time.


carolyn dutru
5 years ago

I was so sorry to hear the sad news about Dorothy from Rex. I remember you both so well. We were all volunteers at the soup kitchen at the same time. You have my sincere sympathy. I know that no one can really know exactly what you are going through right now but I hope you will be helped knowing that people care about you and are thinking about you.
Carolyn Dutru

Elisabeth Feryn and Stewart Smith
5 years ago

To Laurie and family, so sorry for the loss of your mother – we are holding you close in our hearts at this difficult time. Sounds like Dorothy lived a full and meaningful life – her spirit lives on in her family and all who knew her. May she rest in peace now.

Pamela Zabel & Eric Thomas
5 years ago

Dear Laurie and Family
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your lovely mother, Dorothy. It must be a difficult time for you, your Dad, Greg and the whole extended family. Our thoughts are with you. Pam and Eric

Gwendolyn Steller
5 years ago


I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.


James MacDonald
5 years ago

Only fond memorys of Dorothy growing up with Greg.


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