With deep sadness we announce the passing of our beloved mother and wife, Dorothy Genevieve Longdo, in Shuswap Lake General Hospital on August 10th, 2012 with her loving husband at her side.
Born in Ribstone, Alberta on August 14th, 1928, Dorothy lived a full and rewarding life; she is remembered for her great outlook on life and the love of her family. She will be remembered as a dedicated teacher who was passionate about her young students.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Vernon Longdo of Salmon Arm; her daughter Lianne Longdo of Salmon Arm; her son Blair Longdo and wife Jennifer of Calgary; her granddaughter Gracie Longdo; and her three grandsons Evan, Dominic and Conrad.
Dorothy was the second oldest of eight children born to Richard and Dorothy Tennant (Young). Dorothy was predeceased by her parents and all of her siblings: her oldest brother Eugene (Joe); younger brothers Vernon, Elvin (Stu), Alton, Wayne; and younger sisters June Grasdal and Lois Johnston.
Dorothy graduated from Teacher’s College in Saskatoon in 1951. She taught school in Saskatoon and Edmonton prior to marrying Vernon Longdo in 1957. Vernon’s mining career took them to Elliot Lake and Labrador where Dorothy taught as well. They returned to the West in 1962 where they lived in Penticton and Vancouver. Dorothy continued to teach until 1964 when their son Blair arrived.
With Lianne’s arrival in 1966 the family moved to Calgary where they lived from 1967 to 1986. Dorothy and Vernon moved back to BC for their retirement and have been part of the Sorrento, Blind Bay and Salmon Arm communities ever since. During their retirement they have enjoyed travelling , curling and golf. Dorothy did extensive volunteer work for the Canadian Cancer Society in both the Blind Bay and Salmon Arm areas. However, Dorothy’s greatest passion has always been her immediate and extended family which both Dorothy and Vernon have guided and supported generously throughout the years.
A memorial service officiated by Reverand Fred Duck, followed by a reception to celebrate Dorothy’s life and memory, will be held at First United Church in Salmon Arm, Monday, August 27 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Box 265 Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N3.
The family of Dorothy Longdo wishes to thank Dr. Meggyesi for the care she gave Mom during her final years. The family would also like to thank the staff of the Shuswap Lake General Hospital who went out of their way to make Dorothy comfortable this past year.
Funeral Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Service, Salmon Arm
Online condolences can be sent through Dorothy’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com