DAVIS, Dorothy Gertrude
Dorothy Davis (Dellandrea) was born in 1923 in the town of Arnstein. Dorothy (mom) was the youngest girl in a family of eleven children. She was raised on the Dellandrea farm on Legrous Lake Rd. She has told us many times how she had a 3 1/2 mile walk to school, often in knee-deep snow. In her senior years of public school, she and her brother Frank took a dog team and sleigh to school. Life on the farm was not easy for her, especially growing up without a Mother. They grew all their own vegetables, and raised all their meat. Each year Mom and her sisters were expected to fill the shelves in the basement with preserves. Mom often mentioned how they done down 200 quart jars of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Mom left home at a young age to go to her first job which was helping the cook in a logging camp. Mom’s second job away from home was at the John Ingles Factory in Toronto. She worked there approximately two years during the war. She worked on the assembly line making parts for guns for our soldiers at war. In 1943 Mom married Dad (Lawson Davis). They raised nine children. Life wasn’t easy for Mom during those years either. She continued to carry on the same duties she did as a girl at home, only now she also had her kids to look after. Mom’s first job after the kids were all in school, was working for Weller’s Store. She really enjoyed finally getting out of the house. Once most of the family left home, life got easier for Mom. She had time to do some things she really enjoyed. Her and Dad built a barn and she purchased a horse. She sure enjoyed riding that horse all decked out in her cowboy boots and hat. In the 70s, snowmobiling became very popular so Mom bought a Boa Ski Sled. She became very involved with the snowmobile club and became licensed to adminster the sledder’s safety course. She also spent time grooming trails as well as going on trips with her buddy Veronica Davis. Those two ladies went to Sundridge on their sleds before the trails even existed! Baseball was also a big part of her relaxing years. She pitched for the local team for several years and sure enjoyed striking out the batters. Mom decided she would like to try her hand at trapping beaver and foxes. She went on a few runs with Judy and Jackie and got hooked on that sport for a few years. Fishing was one of her favorite pastimes. Because fishing was a very serious sport and had to be done in silence, she had her own fish hut for winter fishing and her own boat for summer fishing. She spent many, many years fishing on Sag Lake where she and Dad enjoyed their cottage. Mom became very involved with the Legion and spent a lot of time organizing trips, meals and activities in the new Seniors’ Room which she was so proud of. The flower beds at the Legion were also cared for by Mom. Late in life Mom decided she would like to be a waitress, so off she went and landed a job at the French River Inn. She enjoyed that job and was very excited about the amount of money she received in tips. The list goes on and on, of all Moms accomplishments. She donated many quilts to the crisis centres in Sudbury and North Bay. She couldn’t stand to think that anyone might be cold. Mom was also one of the founding members of The Argyle Nursing Station. Some of the other things Mom spent her retired years doing was volunteering at Trash and Treasure, driving seniors to North Bay for appointments, helping Judy in the sugarbush, working with the Sag Lake Fish Hatchery and building and operating a store and bake shop on a Sag Lake. Life wasn’t the same for Mom after Dad passed. She tried her best to keep busy in the gardens and the sewing room. Before long Alzheimer’s limited her to staying home alone. Roxie and Penny shared the responsibility of keeping Mom for the past three years. They have made Mom’s later years a joyful experience. Mom spent her final weeks at Penny and Brian’s home with Roxie there as well. The family all gathered around Mom over her last few days. Mom attended the Gospel Hall for most of her life and later the Arnstein Baptist Church. She made sure her kids all went to Sunday School and Church. Mom read her Bible every night and prayed that her family would one day be together again in Heaven. Mom went to be with her Lord and Saviour on September 24, 2020. She will be missed by her 66 kids and grandkids. Bye Mom. “Until we Meet Again”. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dorothy to the Argyle Nursing Station, Port Loring Cemetery or other local organizations would be appreciated. For more information, or to make a donation, please go to www.paulfuneralhome.ca or call Paul Funeral Home, Powassan at (705) 724-2024.
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