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Date of Passing: Mar 01, 2013

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DOROTHY ALICE HOWARD (PHIMISTER) With great sadness, we share the news of the sudden death of our beloved mother and grandmother on March 1, 2013, surrounded by family, at St. Boniface Hospital. Dorothy was born in Winnipeg in February 1929. Her parents were Jim and Alice Phimister, and she enjoyed growing up in the extended Phimister clan. At a young age, she began music and dance lessons, and later had leading roles in school and university productions. Dorothy graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts degree, later earning a Licentiate in Music and a Master of Education. In 1950, she married Kenneth Howard. The couple had two daughters, Rosalyn and Laurel, and remained connected through family ties after the marriage ended in the 1970s. In the 1950s and 60s, Dorothy performed with the CBC Winnipeg Choristers, James Duncan Singers, Hollow Mug Theatre, and as mezzo-soprano soloist with the CBC Winnipeg Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and, for 10 years, Westminster United Church. In 1969, Dorothy joined the Department of Music, University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, starting a distinguished 25 year career there. An inspiring teacher and mentor, she developed special and enduring relationships. Her students were consistent winners of scholarships and awards, many of them continuing to singing and teaching careers. She started an Opera / Music Theatre program and staged many productions. She also initiated a Master's program in Voice. In 1991, as a full professor, she was honoured with the Master Teacher Award, given to an outstanding teacher chosen by students and faculty. Upon her retirement in 1994, she was made Professor Emeritus and a scholarship for promising young singers was established in her name. Dorothy co-founded the Saskatoon Opera, and performed several times with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. She gave numerous solo recitals, many broadcast by the CBC, and was a champion of contemporary and Canadian music. Her adjudicating took her to almost every part of Canada. She was also an examiner with The Western Board of Music. Dorothy returned to Winnipeg in retirement and had happy years with Gerald (Jerry) Fullerton until his death in 2010, including 10 winters in Jekyll Island, Georgia. Dorothy treasured her summers at Innisfree, her beloved lakefront cottage in Ponemah on Lake Winnipeg, enjoying children, grandchildren, and friends. Dorothy was an avid CBC listener, and relished watching and discussing movies, especially the classics. She loved poetry, mystery novels, and all the arts. A woman of intelligence, beauty, talent, grace, and wisdom, Dorothy touched many lives. She cherished her friends. Most of all, she and her family shared a deep love. Her spirit will always be with us. She is survived and profoundly missed by her daughters, Rosalyn (Angus) and Laurel (David), and her grandchildren, James, Althea, Graeme, Zander, and Elena. As Dorothy wished, there will be no funeral; cremation has taken place. The family thanks the doctors and nurses at St. Boniface Hospital, and Dr. Sheila Domke. In lieu of flowers, anyone so wishing may make a contribution in her memory to: The Dorothy Howard Scholarship Fund, c/o N. Spence, Department of Music, 28 Campus Drive, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 0X1. A celebration of Dorothy's life will be held in the spring. THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 669 BROADWAY, WINNIPEG, MB R3C OX4 783-7211 Condolences may be sent to
Publish Date: Mar 9, 2013

DOROTHY ALICE HOWARD (PHIMISTER) With great sadness, we announce the sudden death of our beloved mother and grandmother on March 1, 2013. Full obituary to follow on March 9, 2013. THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 669 BROADWAY, WINNIPEG, MB R3C 0X4 783-7211 Condolences may be sent to
Publish Date: Mar 5, 2013

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 09, 2013

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • I am rather late to this conversation, but am saddened by the loss of a wonderful teacher and friend. I hold your mother always in my heart, Laurel & Roz. She impacted my life and that of my family in profound ways. Music has never ceased to be part of our family experience and joy, and Dorothy is very much a foundational part of that legacy. - Posted by: Donna M Thiessen (Student) on: Nov 08, 2013

  • Laurel and Roz I send love and thoughts and hugs. Your mom was such a big part of my life as a teacher, mentor and friend. She championed me and I hear her voice so often while I am teaching! Know that her legacy of grace, wit, and beauty lives on in you, and her teaching and singing legacy lives on in all the singers she inspired. I think of her fondly and remember the great times we shared and the cackles we had!!! - Posted by: Susan Eichhorn Young (Friend and student) on: Mar 14, 2013

  • Dear Rosalyn and Laurel, I was so very, very saddened to learn of your mother’s death. And since yesterday, when my sister-in-law called to tell me, I have spent a great deal of time thinking about how I treasured your mother’s and my friendship over many, many years. I remember quite clearly the day on Cordova Street when you two lovely young girls came to my door, introduced yourselves as living next door (I think you, or maybe we, had just moved in) and asked if you could wait in our house; you were locked out but were expecting your mother in a short while. I remember we had a lovely time just talking and then your mother came - and I was charmed a second time. And that day began a friendship that lasted and lasted - despite your subsequent move to Saskatoon and our move to Ottawa, over 40 years ago. After our moves we saw each other only on occasion, when one or the other of us was in either of our cities or in Whytewold and Ponemah a few summers. But each time we were together she was so wonderfully easy to re-connect with, just as if we were still living next door - a remarkable quality in her as well as her warmth and spirit and interest. I remember once she was in Ottawa and we browsed together in the expensive shops in the market - and we each bought, on sale, the same longish, swirly skirt. Each year we wrote each other Christmas letters, long ones, telling tales of our children and then our grandchildren - she took such pleasure in you and your children. And we had sent the same kind of messages to each other just this past Christmas. She was an exceptional woman and I loved knowing her. I hope that you can find comfort in knowing that there are many of us who feel exactly that way about her. I am so sorry for your loss. With love, Beverley Chafe (McDougall) - Posted by: Beverley Chafe (friend) on: Mar 12, 2013

  • Roz & Laurel - I just found out today from Ross that your Mom had passed away and I wanted to let you know how sorry we were to hear that. I have so many memories of your Mom when we were kids growing up and spending summers at the lake. When we saw her last summer, she seemed to be doing so well. I know you will miss her deeply and so will I - she was our last connection to her and Mom's generation. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. With love, Doug & Bev - Posted by: Doug & Bev Emek (Relative) on: Mar 12, 2013

  • I will always remember Dorothy Howard as a person who always had a warm smile and genuine concern for her students. She always treated me well, and was always a source of encouragement in all that I did. My most sincere condolences to her family as well, especially Laurel and her family. - Posted by: George Charpentier (Former student and Friend) on: Mar 11, 2013

  • Dear Laurel Ros and family, I was so sad to hear about the loss of your mom. I have a lifetime of memories that will always make my heart smile. I will always admire how she loved and treasured all the beauty that life had to offer. - Posted by: Kathleen Oreziak (Family Friend) on: Mar 11, 2013

  • Dear Ros and Laurel, I am so sad to hear of your Mum's passing and send my condolences to you both. Dorothy and I go back over 55 years when as young musicians, we collaborated several times. I played for her ARCT exam! We weren't in close touch these last years but when we were, the years vanished. I will hear her distinctive voice and laugh whenever I think of her. I have a wonderful photo from our last visit and will send it if you can give me an e mail address. Marnie - Posted by: Marnie Carter (friend) on: Mar 10, 2013

  • Dear Ros and Laurel and families, How deeply saddened I am to hear of your Mom's sudden passing, and shocked that it was so soon. Too soon! The grief that I feel is only a shadow of what you are going through. I recently lost my Mom, and so understand something of this trauma. May you receive comfort in the days to come. Dorothy was very special to me, not only because she was so kind and such a treasured teacher, but because she loved me and my family too. I delight in the memory of her chuckles and barely suppressed laughter observing my (then) fiance Gerry Bowler climbing the Sask Crescent house to add his manly skills to the roofing process, refusing to come down for lunch because of his terror and fear of heights! She visited us when we lived in London doing our doctorates and on the birth of our first daughter, her gift was a lovely song: Jenny Rebecca, Four Days Old, what a lucky lucky lucky girl you are. Well, we are all lucky Dorothy, to have had you in our lives, and you Laurel and Ros are especially lucky to have had such a classy, smart, funny lady for your Mom. Love to you all. Karen Jensen (Bowler) and Gerry Bowler - Posted by: Karen Jensen (Former Student and Friend) on: Mar 09, 2013

  • Dorothy was my teacher first, but quickly became my mentor, colleague, and a close dear friend of over 40 years. She devoted much of her life to music and instilled a desire for excellence in her students. I am so sad that she is gone- I miss her already. Arlene - Posted by: Arlene and Warren McIntyre (close friend for over 40 years) on: Mar 09, 2013

  • To Dorothy; Au revoir mon amie,je t'aime toujours. To Rosalyn and Laurel and families; Our world changed on March 1,2013. Please take comfort in knowing we shared in the love of your sweet Mama , and will never forget the many memories she was a part of, in our time as neighbours. Our friendship was forever sealed in our mutual love of being and living on Lake Winnipeg. The forever changing view will always remind us of her. Our deepest sympathies in your loss. The Farley's - Posted by: Gaetanne Farley (Lake niebor and friend) on: Mar 09, 2013

  • We were shocked to hear the news about Dorothy. We had such a nice visit with her at Jean Smellie's at Christmas. She was always gracious and has left a wonderful legacy of her music in her children and grandchildren. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Posted by: Larry, Susanne and John Greer (Friends) on: Mar 06, 2013

  • Dear Ros and Laurel, I was very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I knew her as a close friend of my mother, Jean Smellie, and I know she will miss her terribly. Dodie was always so interested and enthusiastic about everything whenever I saw her. She doted on both of you and her grandchildren as well. We will all miss her. Penny Clarke - Posted by: Penelop Clarke (friend of family) on: Mar 06, 2013

  • Dear Laurel, Ros and Family, Please accept my sympathy over the death of our dear Dorothy. I have so many happy memories of our time together, as my voice teacher, mentor and colleague. She was my "music mom"; and words cannot describe the loss I am feeling. I hope you can take comfort in knowing that others are grieving with you. With Love, Gaye-Lynn, Gordon and Margaret-Anne. - Posted by: Gaye-Lynn Kern (Friend, colleague, student) on: Mar 05, 2013

  • Dear Ros and family, So sorry to hear about your sudden loss of your mother and grandmother. I remember the trip to Florida you took with your mom and Ali and the anticipation to make this trip with 3 generations. May your memories sustain you as you grieve your loss. Best wishes, Louise - Posted by: Louise Giesbrecht (Friend and former colleague of Ros) on: Mar 05, 2013

  • Ros and family, I was so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I remember meeting your Mom when she came to the University to see you and I thought at the time, your Mom was so interesting and vibrant. The loss of a Mom, Gramma is so hard to handle, but the memories and stories keep them close, always. My thoughts are with you and your family. Very sincerely, Maggie Duncan. - Posted by: Maggie Duncan (Friend of Ros and family) on: Mar 05, 2013

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