MARY DOREEN CRERAR
September 9, 1928 - December 17, 2015
Dory died in the house she loved on December 17.
The daughter of Frank and Iva Carruthers, Dory was born and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario, attended Elmdale Public School and St. Thomas Collegiate Institute, and then carpooled to the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1953 with an M.A. in Psychology. She worked first in the Veterans’ Wing of Westminster Hospital and later, after the death of her first husband, Gray Goodeve, at London’s Mental Health Clinic. She was a committed feminist who in the 1970s and 1980s was a course designer, facilitator, and board member for Women’s Workshop, London’s non-profit learning community for women. More recently she was a founding member of the London Women’s History Project. To these activities, and to all her relationships with others, Dory brought her gift of empathy.
This was accompanied by a deep love of the natural world that was especially felt at Nwosti, Dory’s island on Georgian Bay. Summers passed there with family and friends, water at the rocks, loons on the bay, and sweet Canada, Canada, Canada in the pines. Sun poured its shifting light into the rooms of the cottage she designed, caught the tips of dried grasses, brought warmth to her face and body. Though she always felt the bitter-sweet of these passing summers, she never lost her love of life on this earth.
She leaves Tom, her husband, Adam, her son, Deborah, her daughter-in-law, and Hugh, her grandson, who, together with friends, will celebrate her life at the Perrin Williams Estate, 101 Windermere Road, London, Ontario, on January 9th at 2pm.
No motion has she now, no force;
She neither hears nor sees;
Rolled round in earth’s diurnal course,
With rocks, and stones, and trees.
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