Updated: Sep 22
This past weekend saw the family and friends of Dorothy Unger gather for a celebration of her amazing life on Earth, which came to a peaceful end on the evening of August 1st, under a very full and bright Harvest Moon.
The party started in the backyard of Dorothy's home in Midway BC on Thursday evening, September 14th, where about two dozen of her family members from Alberta were joined by many of her closest friends from the Midway area for tacos and beer (and a teeny weeny bit of tequila).
Dorothy's son Steven managed to capture a few photos before the light faded and the fire was sparked (use the arrow on right to scroll):
The West Kootenay skies were clear and the temperature was perfect the next morning for a gathering at the Midway Community Garden, the oasis where Dorothy's friends revered her and the weeds feared her. Dorothy's neighbor Gordie reminded everyone of her Scottish roots (her Daddy was born in Glasgow) with his amazing piping.
Dorothy's nieces Laura and Randi-Lee, nephew Jim and his wife Gwen, and brother Ian, who all made the long trek from Alberta:
Dorothy's extended family from the Grande Prairie area, Janine (Ken's daughter) and her hubby Tim (L), Ken & Dorothy's grandaughter Danielle Blackburn, and her Dad Terry Blackburn. How thoughtful of them all to make the trip in Dorothys memory!
Dorothy's daughter in law Vicki Merrill and grandkids Reid and Marly Merrill:
Some photos below of the folks in the garden and around the amazing lunch table (use the arrow on right to scroll):
Marly led the group in a song:
Garden CEO Dick Dunsdon told a story about the many points Dorothy missed during their weekly crib games:
Lisa Viscount has been a great friend of Dorothy's for many years and relayed how much she appreciated all of her love and her many laughs:
Dorothy's friend Ross presented a plaque that he made to commemorate the many many miles Dorothy spent on the trails with Buddy and Magic, hiking, snowshowing, and leaving snowmen in her wake:
Dorothy's big sister Moriah, gardening buddy David McIlroy, Michael Elliot, younger brother Stuart, and Sherry Klimek all had great stories and memories to share (use the arrow on right to scroll):
After lunch, the family wandered back to Dorothy's backyard for a few more tears, many more laughs, a cold beverage, and a few photos; below are brothers Ian and Stuart, Moriah, and big brother Bill:
And in the back row, Randi-Lee, sister in law Sharlene (Stuart's wife), Dorothy's son Steven and his wife Vicki, Marly and Reid, nephew Jim, and nieces Laura and Nancy and Colleen:
The group wound up the evening at Midway's Keg and Cleaver Restaurant, where the last Pina Collada's of the season were served up. Thanks to Leanne and her staff for making the night very special (use the arrow on right to scroll):
Here's a few more photos of the Midway area sitting idle on Dorothy's camera, candidates for the fundraising calendar perhaps?
Thank you Midway; we will see you all again, soon!