Dorothy Jean Tatchell

Dorothy Jean Tatchell

“Music … in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer Dorothy Jean Tatchell (Nee Inkster), 86, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 6th, 2013, surrounded by family.

Dorothy was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she nurtured what would become a life-long passion for music, reading and sports. It was at the Winnipeg Tennis & Canoe Club where she also nurtured a rare love at-first-sight relationship with Spencer, her future husband.

They married in 1947 and spent the next 59 years west of the rockies as they moved throughout the Kootenays, the Cariboo & the Okanagan, including an 18 year stop-over in Salmon Arm before settling in Kelowna to enjoy their retirement years.

Despite raising seven high-spirited children, Dorothy was an energetic and dedicated community volunteer. As an accomplished pianist//organist she devoted her musical talents to Sunday Church services & choral groups,taught Kindergarten, was a strong advocate for mental health, and a member of the Kinettes.

Her natural flair for fashion matched her vibrant personality and boundless joy of life that was constantly on display through her infectious laughter that could brighten any room.

She enjoyed a feisty game of bridge at the local bridge club where she embraced her need for intelligent and competitive stimulation, and honed her sharp wit.

Dorothy will best be remembered for her love and devotion to her husband and seven children, 13 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Spencer, son Brian; sister Kay McEwen and brothers Dave, George and twin brother Gordon.

She is survived by her brother-in-law Arn McEwen; children: Greg (Michiko), Vancouver; Janice LeBlanc, Kelowna; Garth, Vancouver, Sandra (Brian) Gibbons, Salmon Arm; Stephen (Kim), Kelowna; Michael (Jacqui), Furry Creek; grandchildren: Terri, Tommy, Allanna, Vancouver; Kyle, Todd, Victoria; Erin (Austin) Drecksel, Utah; Tanis & Lani Gibbons, Vancouver; Chris, Michael, Andrew,

Kelowna; Nic, Eric, Furry Creek; great-grandchildren: Cassidy Wheatcroft,

Vancouver; Carter & Auburn Drecksel, Utah; Nolan LeBlanc, Victoria.

“Do not think of me as gone, I’m with you still in each new dawn.” Native American Prayer

With respect for Dorothy’s wishes, there will not be a service.


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