Dorothy Jean Barrett
September 12, 1925 – October 27, 2019
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Dorothy Jean Barrett, who passed away peacefully on October 27, 2019, with family at her side. Given her tenacity, it was not unexpected that she would reach the remarkable age of 94.
Dott was born to parents David and Florence Black on September 12, 1925 in Blucher, Saskatchewan, the seventh of an eventual eight children. Her childhood was spent on the family farm with siblings Stuart, Kathleen, David, Margaret, Ruth, Ethel, and Ronald, all of whom have predeceased her.
Dott married William (Bill) Ross Barrett on June 7, 1947, and together they settled in Saskatoon to raise three daughters. In 1975 they moved to Calgary, following Bill’s career. They relocated again in 1981, to Victoria, BC. Their retirement plans were thwarted by Bill’s unexpected passing in 1994.
Even though her education was gleaned in a one-room prairie school house, Dott had a razor-sharp mind, evidenced by her ability to make quick and accurate mental calculations, skillful discernments and judicious decisions, especially at the bridge table. She lived a full life as a wonderful mother, homemaker and extraordinary employee in the retail sector. She loved to bake and read, kept an immaculate house, and was highly skilled at the sewing machine and with knitting needles. A farm girl at heart, gardening was always a passion. Her focus as a mother was to instil the values of education, hard work, and integrity in her children and grandchildren.
Fiercely independent, resilient, and frugal, Dott continued to live self-sufficiently in her own home in Abbotsford until age 92, moving to Bevan Village in June, 2018.
Dott is survived by her daughters, Sandra McMillan, Trudy Barrett (Garry Schindel), and Jan Williams (Brad Wagner), seven grandchildren, Alex McMillan, Julia McMillan, Meagan Harris, Britt Harris, Adam Harris, Jesslyn Brigley, and Victoria Williams, and ten great-grandchildren.
Dott’s life will be celebrated at a family gathering in Victoria at a later date.