DOROTHY (DOT) MARIE PELLOW

Dorothy (Dot) Marie Pellow

September 4, 1938 – April 17, 2015

Dot was born in Windsor, Ontario, passed away at the age of 76. She was the third of eight in a very close-knit family and was predeceased by her parents John and Jean Wigle; nephew Garreth Wigle. She is lovingly survived by her son Marc (Ann) Pellow and daughter Kim (Dave) Bartlett; seven cherished grandchildren: Connor Pellow, Cody (Cherisse) Bartlett, Brendan Pellow, Erinn Bartlett, Timothy Pellow, Zane Bartlett, Hannah Bartlett; one great granddaughter Skyler Bartlett. She will be sadly missed by her brothers and sisters: John (Pat) Wigle, Kathy Sloan, Mary (Roy) Harvey, Don (Beth) Wigle, Jim (Janine) Wigle, Bob (Cara) Wigle, Bill (Bonnie) Wigle and her many special nieces and nephews. Dot began her career as a teacher – a natural gift she was blessed with. She attended teacher’s college, taught primary grades and would occasionally return to the classroom as a substitute while raising her own children. She had a lifelong love of babies and children who would always respond back with affection when they interacted. Lasting childhood memories were made with Dot. She became adept at packing and moving as her family was posted to various communities in Canada and Europe with the military. Dot took advantage of these opportunities to meet and make good friends. The family settled in Cochrane, Alberta in 1978. Dot thoroughly enjoyed being an employee at the University of Calgary where she worked in payroll and library circulation. She was a friendly face to her fellow colleagues, students and their families. Dot retired in 2003 and her colleagues bid her a fond farewell. In retirement, Dot devoted her time to visiting and assisting residents at Bethany Care Centre and by continuing to be actively involved in All Saints Anglican Church. She could often be found spending time with her dear friends and family. Dot was very well known for her delicious baked goods. Her standards were high, the results were nothing less than perfect and the items were very sought after at church bake sales. In 2006 Dot moved to Grand Forks to be closer to her family. She helped care for her family and others in the community such as running errands for neighbours and often socializing while out for her daily strolls. She cherished frequent visits from friends and family and she joyfully served at Holy Trinity for as long as her health allowed her. As Dot’s health started failing, friends and family strongly supported her. Her brothers, sisters and good friends visited and reminisced about good times. These visits were much anticipated and blessed her with comfort. During her decline, her kind heart and loving soul never changed. She would reach out to those who needed a kind word, a gentle touch or comfort. She thoroughly loved her family with the deepest possible love and she was the same way with her siblings, nieces, nephews, friends and everyone she met. She had a gentle way of making everyone feel special and valued. It was a rare gift for one person to possess such caring and kindness. She was very humble and it was so easy to love her dearly. We will very, very much miss our mom, grandma, sister, aunt, friend… Thank you to all who showed Dot patience, caring and compassion. All who knew Dot are invited to a Celebration of Her Loving Life at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Grand Forks, B.C. on Saturday, May 9 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, Dot wished that donations be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada (atrial fibrillation), Holy Trinity Anglican Church or Alzheimer’s Society of B.C.