Dorothy Winifred Jane LaFave (nee Goldney)

Dorothy Winifred Jane LaFave  (nee Goldney)

March 4, 1923 – March 17, 2013

Dorothy passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, B.C., at the age of 90 years.

She was born in Clayton, B.C., on March 4, 1923, and grew up in the Lower Mainland. She met her husband Elden LaFave in Stanley Park, Vancouver, and they were married on August 29, 1942.

They settled in Louis Creek, B.C., and raised their four children together. Elden passed away on July 31, 1996, and Dorothy continued to live there until she lost her home to the fire in 2003. Dorothy wished to remain nearby, and relocated to Barriere, B.C. She spent the last two years of her life at the Yellowhead Pioneer Residence.

Dot was always happy to put the coffee on, and she and Elden always had a chair free at the table to welcome friends and family for a visit.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children Judy Russell, Ted LaFave, Larry (Bernadette) LaFave and Joanne (George) Smith; grandchildren Mike (Leah), Rob (Roxanne), Michelle (Gerry), Donovan (Khanh), Jodie (Kurt), Andrew (Carrie), Wayne (Amanda) and Kristy (Rolando), as well as ten great grandchildren with one more on the way. Dorothy will also be missed by her sisters Yvonne Eely and Marie (Alex) Cherkezoff. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Elden in 1996 and their infant daughter Janice Dorothy in 1947. Dorothy was also predeceased by her parents Charles Edward Goldney and Lulla Goldney (nee Calkins); brother Joseph Goldney; daughter in law Patricia LaFave; son in law Hugh Russell; and grandson Daryl LaFave.

It was Dorothy’s wish that no service be held. Special thanks to Dr. Shauna Tsuchiya and to the nurses of 5 North RIH for the excellent care and kindness Dorothy received during her time there. The family would also like to offer thanks to the staff of the Yellowhead Pioneer Residence and especially to Dr. Terence Clare for taking such wonderful care of our Granny for all those years.

“I’ll say goodbye now. Tell everyone I love you all.”


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