Agnes Louise (née Jacobs) Dummer
April 15, 1923 – April 26, 2021
It is with deep sadness, but with love and gratitude for a long life well lived, that we announce the passing of our mother, sister, aunt, grandma, and great-grandma Agnes peacefully at the age of 98 years—she was very proud of that—at Mount St. Mary Hospital in Victoria, British Columbia.
Devoted wife of the late Anthony (Tony) Dummer for 50 years. Predeceased by her parents Louis and Margaret Jacobs. Loving mother of Michael, Patricia, Denis (Wendy), Timothy (Sandi), and predeceased by daughter Margaret (Peggy) (Dan). Much-loved sister of Robert (Bob) (Biddy) Jacobs, Genevieve (Murray) Grant, and Margaret Dufour. Proud grandmother of granddaughters Alex and Kelsi, and great-granddaughter Adalyn. Much missed by nieces and nephews, and her many friends. Special thanks to twin nieces Leslie and Laurie Grant, nephew David Stanton, and their families in Victoria for their care and support over the years and in the final months of her life.
Agnes was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and married Tony Dummer in 1945. They raised their children in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and moved to Victoria in 1979 where they enjoyed a long and happy retirement. Agnes's cabbage rolls and Christmas cookies are the stuff of family memory and legend. A devout Roman Catholic, Agnes was active in her church in both Saskatoon and at St. Andrews Cathedral, Victoria, and at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Saanich. With a lifelong commitment to volunteer work in her community in both Saskatoon and Victoria, she served as a board member and chair of a number of organizations, including the YWCA of Saskatoon and the Catholic Women’s League.
Agnes was an accomplished bridge player, a formidable competitor, a bronze life grand master and a mainstay of the Victoria bridge community, playing—and winning—almost until the close of her life. She had a deep zest for life and for people, and celebrated both. She maintained lifelong friendships and continued to make new friends and impress all who met her with her charm, vivacity, and resilience. Agnes was an inspiration for her positive attitude and her intellectual curiosity. She pursued a wide range of interests. In addition to bridge, she enjoyed the theatre and was a long-time subscriber to the Victoria Symphony. She was an avid reader of The New Yorker, the Economist, and other current affairs publications, learned German in retirement, and travelled extensively, including to Europe, Japan, Turkey, China, and Israel.
With thanks to the staff and residents of Highgate Lodge, Saanich, where Agnes spent eight happy years as a vital member of the Highgate community, and to the staff of Mount St. Mary Hospital, Victoria for their attentive care at the end of life.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a later date. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Agnes Louise (née Jacobs) Dummer
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May 1, 2021
On behalf of the Canadian Club of Victoria, I want to express our sincerest condolences to the family of Agnes Dummer. She will be remembered as a staunch and loyal member, always interested in the speakers, and attended the luncheons most regularly until the pandemic. Her beautiful smile will live in our hearts.
Canadian Club of Victoria
April 30, 2021
An amazing woman and my dear Aunt. Will miss your energy, vitality, intelligence, and openness to people and new adventures. I can picture your wonderful smile, bright eyes, and lovely giggle.
Cathie and family