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In memoriam: Dorothy E. Hunter (née Heryet)

January 7, 1937 - November 2, 2023

Dorothy Elizabeth Hunter - artist, wife, mother, and friend.

Born in Winnipeg, Dorothy moved to Victoria at the age of five. She attended Quadra Elementary and Victoria High School. Dorothy enjoyed track and field in her youth - she loved to run. While working at the library, Dorothy met her husband and best friend of 65 years, Ron. They married in 1958 in Victoria and after the birth of their two sons the family moved to Powell River, where their two daughters were born.

An excellent cook, Dorothy hosted many dinner parties and regularly filled the home with the scents of soups, casseroles, roasted vegetables and apple pies. Her culinary skills extended to preparing carefully packed coolers filled with meals for family camping and boating trips.

Beyond the kitchen, Dorothy was a true artist, shaping clay into pottery, carving rocks into pieces of art and sewing fabrics into clothing, costumes and home décor. Her creativity was felt throughout the home as she turned the walls into canvases, painting and decorating the house from one end to the other and then beginning all over again.

Following the upbringing of their children, Dorothy and Ron embarked on numerous journeys throughout BC and Alberta in their converted van, complete with a sleeper. Longer adventures included trips to the southern states and a trip across Canada.

Dorothy and Ron enjoyed many hours together on their property growing vegetables, picking apples and kiwis, and watering the flower garden. After a day outside, Dorothy enjoyed tinkering away on the piano and having Ron rub her feet while she watch the world tennis and golf on TV.

Dorothy passed away peacefully at the age of 86. She is survived by her loving husband Ron; four children Blair, Ross, Rachelle and Mary-Jill; six grandchildren Taylor, Larissa, Jared, Wesley, Kai, and Hugo; and her brother, John. She was predeceased by her parents Rachel and Harold, brothers Paul and Ronald, and sisters Jo-Ann and Marie.

The family extends a thank you for the care Dorothy received from Vancouver Coastal Health. To honour Dorothy’s life, those touched by her are encouraged to embrace their creativity and discover the artist within.