Catherine Dorothy (O’Dwyer) Andrew, better known to everyone as Dorothy, was born Oct. 29, 1936 to JJ and Teresa O’Dwyer ninth of 10 children.
Dorothy grew up in Wayne, Alta. where her father owned and operated a coal mine. She enjoyed sports of all kinds but especially baseball.
Dorothy left school at an early age to work in Calgary. She was a ward-aide at the Holy Cross Hospital, worked at Canadian Tire and became a Comptometer operator – the first mechanical calculator/computers.
She lived with her sister Teresa and a close friend Mary. A good time was had by all. Sometimes they decided a new hairdo for a date was more important than food and so they ate canned tuna that week.
Mom met Dad at dances in Drumheller while Dad lived in the dorm. This courtship continued until they married on Nov. 24, 1956.
Together, with Jim and their eight children, they built a successful farm and ranch. She made sure that her family was involved in many community activities. Rodeo, hockey, dance, school sports, 4-H and weekly Catholic Mass were all priorities in her world.
Her baking was renown.
They moved into the Hanna Lodge in October of 2021 and began a new adventure. They enjoyed the people and the activities in the lodge.
Mom’s health quickly declined and the time of her passing is shocking.
She is survived by Jim, her husband of 65 years; her children: Theresa Berry, Greg (Linnea), Tim (Lois), Blanche (Ray) Wack, Cathy (Greg) Bauer, Chris (Charlene), Beth (Dean) Berrecloth and Barb (Peter) Nielsen.
Also her grandchildren: Jim (Amber) Berry, Justin (Kristi) Berry, Shantelle (Travis) Godfrey, Cole (Allison), Clay and Austin Andrew, Luke Bauer, Amy, Geordan and Jack Andrew, Catherine, Courtney and Ty Berrecloth, Karen and Rebecca Nielsen; and great-grandchildren: Coy and Quin Berry.
She is also survived by her siblings: Teresa Bailey and Don O’Dwyer, her sister’s in-law: Oriole O’Dwyer and Ruth O’Dwyer.
Dorothy is predeceased by her parents: JJ and Teresa O’Dwyer; siblings: Helen (Sandy) Sambrooke, Leoba (Jack) Anderson, Art (Mary) O’Dwyer, Harold O’Dwyer, Frank (Denise) O’Dwyer and Gerald O’Dwyer; her in-laws: Bob Bailey and Elaine O’Dwyer.
Also Jim’s parents: Charles and Ernestine; Jim’s brothers: Len (Francis), and Raymond (Irene) Andrew; Jim’s sister Yvonne (Stan) Oistryk.
Also predeceasing her are son-in-law: Urben Berry; grandchildren: Christine Nielsen, Eric Bauer, Katelynn Berrecloth, Mark and Matthew Bauer and Ted Andrew.
Prayers were held on Fri. April 22, 2022 at St. George’s Catholic Church, Hanna, Alta.
A Funeral Mass was held at the Youngstown Community Hall, Youngstown, Alta. on Sat. April 23, 2022. Interment took place at the Youngstown Cemetery.
If desired, donations in memory of Dorothy can be made directly to St. George’s Catholic Church, Box 1299, Hanna, Alta. T0J 1P0 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Hanna Funeral Services has been entrusted with the care and arrangements; 403-854-5956, www.hannafuneral.ca.