GIVENS, Dorothy Frances 'Dot' (Jeffery) (nee Moore) - Died with family by her side in London, Ontario on July 14, 2017 at the age of 95.
Born in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan to Colena and Frank Moore on June 5, 1922, Dorothy was the youngest of eight children. Armed with her adventurous spirit, Dorothy moved across the country to Barrie, Ontario, to train for her career in nursing.
While there, she met and fell in love with a young, ambitious Doug Jeffery (1988). They married and raised three sons, Paul (2016), Peter and Perry (Darlene). They lived in Nottawa, Palmerston, Fort William, and Dartmouth, eventually settling in Beamsville, Ontario. Dorothy was an amazing wife and mother, and expertly nursed Doug in his final years.
The next stage of her life began with her marriage to Delbert Givens (2006). They enjoyed a beautiful retirement together, and when Del’s time came, Dorothy cared for him with tenderness and love.
A proud grandmother of 12 grandchildren Erin Fay (Jim), Kyle, Catie Lesniak (Dan), Taylor (Ashleigh), Haley, Travis (1987), Melanie Clark (Evan), Emily, Tyler, Jesse, Evan and Laura.
Dorothy was always generous with her time and gifts, which she was known to share with everyone who knew her well.
Dorothy had a contagious love for life, and a passion for caring for others, working with the Victorian Order of Nurses for 35 years. She was a progressive woman ahead of her time, teaching us all that hard work, compassion and love, sprinkled with humour, are a perfect way to live life.
A special thank you to all the staff at McCormick Home where Dorothy resided for the last six years, especially Eileen, Sabrina and Dr. Birch for their dedicated and compassionate care, as well as the team from Home Instead. Additionally, a sincere thank you to MaryAnn and Nissy and the entire nursing team for their exceptional palliative care over the past week.
Please join the family to celebrate Dorothy’s wonderful life at the Vineland Chapel of Tallman Funeral Homes, 3277 King St. Vineland, on Thursday, July 20. Visitation from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. Interment at 12:15p.m. and reception following from 1 – 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the McCormick Home Foundation (Directed to the Life Enrichment Program Maple Grove and Oak Ave) in memory of Dorothy Givens, at mccormickhomefoundation.ca or by phone through Lynne Ryckman, Director 519-432-2648, ext. 2318.