Dollie passed away Sunday, December 5, 2021 in Saskatoon at Circle Drive Special Care Home.
She is survived by her daughter Sharon Rowley, son Glen (Debbie) Stenerson and daughter Wanda (Gerry) Gillatt, five grandchildren Chris Rowley, Aaron (Michelle) Rowley, Dayna (Justin) Howe, Kendra (Tyler) Phaneuf and Justin Gillatt, seven great-grandchildren Fayth, Owen, Ethan, Emily, Kolby, Kaylee and Logan. Also by her brother Frank (Audrey).
Dollie was predeceased by her husband Syver (1985), son Lyle (1975), brothers and sisters Lloyd, Gladys, Orville, Earl, Everett, Carl, Tressie and Chester.
Dollie was born on April 26, 1921 near Perdue, Sask. She grew up on a farm with her mom and dad, Violet and Frank, 2 sisters and 7 brothers. With a large family like this they had a busy household. They all needed to help with work on the farm. When they went to school, they either walked or took turns riding one horse! It was quite a hike if it wasn’t your turn to ride, but with Dollie being one of the youngest, she got to ride a little more.
Dollie enjoyed playing sports as a youth, especially softball. She didn’t own a glove so she got used to catching barehanded. She was thrilled as a young girl at school when they were celebrating Mayday. For she was chosen to be the one in the middle as others wrapped ribbon around her. As an adult one of Dollies first jobs was cleaning at a local hotel and also for a lady in a neighboring town.
Dollie and Syver married December 15, 1947 and farmed near Sonningdale for 35 years. It was hard work, breaking up new land, picking rocks, cutting wood and hauling it, but she loved life on the farm. Dollie always had a big garden and did a lot of canning, picked berries, and made lots of different types of jams and jellies. Over the years Dollie took many trips to British Columbia to visit her son and daughter in law. She also enjoyed visiting her many other relatives in B.C., Alberta and in Saskatchewan. Dollie enjoyed a fun bus trip to Nashville.
She loved helping her daughter get ready for many horse shows and cheering her on while she rode. She took great pleasure in watching her grandchildren in concerts, recitals, skating and sporting events. She got to see her great-grandchildren at care home visits and she even got to celebrate her latest great grandson through the use of technology. Dollie valued the relationships she had with her many nieces, nephews and close friends. Spending time with them as often as she could.
In 1975, Dollie suffered a heart breaking loss after the death of her son Lyle in a tragic accident. Then in 1985, the passing of Syver left her widowed for 36 years. Dollie lived to be over 100 years, a goal asked of her by her family because they couldn’t think of ever losing her. She had said she didn’t know if she would make that because it sounded pretty old! Dollie ill be dearly missed by all of us who were fortunate to have her in our lives. Many thanks to the exceptional staff at the Circle Drive Special Care Home. Your kindness will always be remembered. A private family service will be held at Sonningdale Cemetery.