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Date of Passing: Sep 08, 2018

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DOROTHY JEAN JAMES The family of Dorothy Jean James announces her passing on September 8, 2018. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Wilfred, four children: David (Gloria), Carolyn Townsend (Wayne), Kathy Requeima (Joel) and George (Karin); her 11 grandchildren: Jamie, Lauren, Mark, Victoria, Elizabeth, Andrew, Matthew, Jillian, Jacqueline, Alexander, Patrick, and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also remembered by her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Ruth and Allen Fowlis, nieces and nephews. Dorothy was predeceased by her mother and father, George and Hazel Bedard, and her brother Ken and sister in-law Francine Bedard. Dorothy was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She really was a city gal, teaching at Burroughs Business Machines. Little did she know a defining moment was just around the corner that would change and shape her future in a most surprising way. She met the love of her life, Wilfred, who happened to be a farmer from the prairies. It took a brave person to leave urban USA and move to a (then) dairy farm, raise four children, and become ensconced in her rural community. Dorothy first joined the Women's Institute. Then through her new friends in the farm community/Dugald area she became one of the first board members of the Dugald (now Canadian) Costume Museum. During that time, she had an opportunity to meet the Queen who was on tour, and even though she was proud of her American heritage, she was delighted to share a few words with British royalty. Dorothy was a leader in the local 4-H Group for many years. Dorothy and Wilfred were also members and made many friends at Transcona Memorial United Church. There was no denying that Dorothy was passionate about the farm. From bookkeeping to driving a combine, often with a child sitting on a stool in the cab with her, she was in her element. In her later years she was delighted with the arrival of all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There were many happy weekends at the Lake of the Woods cottage with family, food and fun. She has left a legacy for us all to be proud of. Our family wishes to extend our sincere thanks and grateful appreciation to her family physician, Dr. Dennis Caners for his many years of excellent care and most recently, to the wonderful staff at River Ridge for their compassionate care and going beyond the call of duty to look after Dorothy. We are most appreciative. Funeral service to be held on Wednesday, September 12, at 11:00 a.m. at Transcona Memorial United Church, 209 Yale Avenue West. In lieu of flowers, if you so wish, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 11, 2018

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • To Wilfred, David and family, I offer my condolences and prayers, sorry I only saw this now would have like to be there personally to pay my respects to you all. I know Dorothy and Wilfred for many years as friends through business but truly friends. What a woman of integrity she was. God bless you all. Cliff and Linda Unger - Posted by: Cliff Unger (Friends) on: Sep 21, 2018

  • Cousin Wilfred and family. On behalf of our Mom, Annette James, myself Lori-Ann, Randy, Tyler and Rhiannon Rosche we send our condolences to you all. We have been thinking of you during this time. "Part of the Stanley James family" - Posted by: Lori-Ann Rosche (Cousin) on: Sep 15, 2018

  • What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. My sympathies to the Townsend Family. Carolyn, you follow in your mom's footsteps. You are always so gracious and kind. Val at LP - Posted by: Val at LP (Friend) on: Sep 13, 2018

  • I and my family, Lee, Ben and Beth, will always be so grateful for knowing Dorothy and her wonderful family over the years. We deeply appreciated Dorothy's welcoming nature, hospitality and brilliant smile whenever we visited. She never missed a year of my adult life sending a Christmas card to me and my family, with a caring and interesting note written to share her love for us. I will always remember and appreciate the fabulous family reunions at the farm she coordinated which required so much planning and patience. The memories from these family times are rich blessings to accompany us into the future. Perhaps Dorothy's love for family and sharing it in so many ways has been her greatest gift. Her children with Wilfred and their families have also made the world a better place. Rest in peace Dorothy, knowing all those children and crops you helped to grow, and the harvests you helped to bring in, are feeding the world in body and spirit in great measure through your example. You have truly made the world a better place and will be missed. I will think of you often with that great big smile we all loved to see, and the kindness you always had to share. - Posted by: Pauline James Curtis (Cousin) on: Sep 13, 2018

  • Dear folks How well do I remember the day the Queen came to visit the Dugald Costume Museum. Was that ever exciting! I still have the photo of all the directors decked out in their finest rented costumes to look their best for the Queen. And Wilfred, I always thought you were one of the luckiest farmers in the country to have a wife like Dorothy. She was someone who could do everything and do it well too. I am saddened to hear of her passing and know she will deeply missed as she was deeply loved. My heartfelt sympathy to you Wilfred and the family. You were such wonderful friends and neighbors for a good many years. With love and compassion, your friend, Bill Dunn - Posted by: Bill Dunn (Long time friend of the family) on: Sep 12, 2018

  • Kathy, we send our condolences to you, your father and your your entire family on the passing of your beloved mother. What a loving tribute to her. Hugs. - Posted by: Brian and Heather Smith (Friends) on: Sep 12, 2018

  • Wilfred and Family. We are deeply saddened to hear about your loss. Dorothy and you have always held a special place in our hearts & lives. I especially appreciate all the friendships and times we were able to spend together. The time we lived next door to each other, times at the farm in our younger years, working plowing fields, milking cows, stacking hay, etc., were great times even with the hard work. Dorothy will be dearly missed by our remaining families, all of her friends and community in Transcona, Dugald and Greater Winnipeg. We especially want to express our family's love that transcends to this date and wish you and your families the best in the future. Love Bob and Laurie. "On behalf of The Stanley James Family" - Posted by: Robert James (Cousin) on: Sep 12, 2018

  • I was lucky enough to get to visit Kathy's parents when Kathy and Joel were coming for their many visits. Dorothy always seemed to have a twinkle in her eye especially when talking to my husband Roger. She was aware of his shenanigans all the time. I loved seeing Dorothy in her kitchen always making cookies or meals for all the farm hands and family. It was an honor to have had Dorothy in my life and I was so lucky to have encountered her at her new home just before her stroke. What a smile. She made me feel very special and she will be missed. Beverly - Posted by: Bev Laurin (Friend of Kathy and Joel Requiema) on: Sep 11, 2018

  • Dear Wilfred & Family, our deepest sympathy goes out to you all at this difficult time. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. Mom remembers all the great times the 4 of you had together. Love from Marion, Arnold, Barb & Ian - Posted by: Barb Brown (Cousin) on: Sep 11, 2018

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