This is my grandmother, Dorothy, or Dobby to those who were close. She was born in 1922 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the third of three daughters. She was smart, funny and beautiful.
To me, she was Baba. She stayed with us in the States when she wanted a visit and when my parents went out of town. Sometimes she came alone, and sometimes with my grandfather, my Zaida. Every summer and some winters, we would go to Winnipeg to stay with them. Growing up, I thought these trips were organized for my pleasure. As an adult and mother, I realized that our trips provided my parents with a break.
Baba was always a force. She was firm and strict, soft and loving, and there was always a mischievous twinkle in her eye. She also taught me how to blow the cover off my straw, straight onto my sister.
As an adult, I learned that Baba was so much more than a parent of five kids, grandparent to 13 grandkids, and eventually great-grandparent to eight! She served as president of the Winnipeg branch of the Cancer Society; in that capacity she met Princess Grace at a Cancer Society conference in Monaco. In 1977 she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee medal for making an outstanding and exemplary contribution to the community and to Canada as a whole. This was based on community work for the Cancer Society and for public access TV. She also helped Zaida in his medical office, and she was the one who taught him how to tie a knot when he was in medical school. They would have tie-offs to see who could do it more quickly.
Dorothy created, wrote, produced and moderated another public access television show, Let’s Take a Look. She featured a variety of topics such as women’s health, recycling household items and story time for children. When she retired from all forms of employment, she joined the choir at the senior center and served as president of their senior association for many years.
Baba and Zaida traveled the world, enjoyed life and gave time and resources to good causes and to family. I will always be inspired by the life they both lived.
An amazing cook, "Baba Dobby" loved teaching her 13 grandkids, who learned cooking and so much more from her.
During her adult years, Dorothy volunteered for many organizations, including the Manitoba Cancer Society where she served as president. She also produced and moderated a public access television show: Let's Take a Look.
The young couple, Dorothy and Joe, with three of their five children preparing to host their annual New Year's party.
Dorothy and her husband, Joe, with their first-born daughter, Carole.
Also known as Dobby, Dorothy shown here in her teen years, had a mischevious sense of humor hiding behind her decorum as a proper lady. Eating dinner out with her grandkids later in life included her entertaining them with a spoon on the nose or teaching them to blow the wrapper off their straw.
Dorothy in the middle with her two older sisters and parents on a Sunday outing in Winnipeg.