Dorothy May (Caseley) Brown passed away peacefully on October 8, 2104 at the Stettler Hospital at the age of 95 years.
Dorothy was born on June 7, 1919 in a log house on her parents homestead between Veteran and Throne, AB.
She was the second of three children born to Arthur and Alice Bottom. She spent her early years growing up happily with her sister Eileen and brother Edward on the homestead.
They travelled around the community by horse and buggy, the popular mode of transport in those days.
Dorothy received her schooling at High Point School, four miles from the homestead and only a half mile from the farm her parents later bought and moved to in 1927.
When she was in high school, Dorothy won a scholarship to an Art Academy in Toronto. But she loved her family and home and Toronto was a long way from everything she held most dear and she didn’t take that opportunity. Instead she worked for various folks in the community.
In 1939 she married Maurice Albert Caseley and they settled into a life of farming in the Throne, Veteran area. Alice Faye was born in 1942 and Violet in 1945. In 1952 our family moved to Hackett, (a very little whistle stop about 15 miles south east of Stettler.)
Albert was the Alberta Wheat Pool agent and since there was only a section house, a post office, our house and the elevators, folks soon learned that Dorothy always had the coffee pot on and our house was often filled with neighbours and friends.
They moved to the Bottom farm in 1972 where they cared for Dorothy’s parents and once again took up the farming life. These were very happy times for them and summers were spent having fun with their visiting grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was affectionately known as “Nana” by her grandchildren and Aunt Dorie to her many nieces and nephews.
Albert passed away in 1980.
Several years later Dorothy met and married Robert Brown. They lived on Bob’s farm near Leslieville. The two of them had many things in common and they shared a great love for horses. They spent the following years raising thoroughbred horses for the racetrack.
Bob passed away in August of 2005. Dorothy and Violet moved to Big Valley in October of the same year. Her home in the Villa was across from the Jubilee Hall and her summers were spent greeting the many tourists who came to Big Valley on the Alberta Prairie Steam Train every year.
She spent many happy hours in her small flower garden and meeting new friends at the Drop-In Centre. She moved to Stettler to Heart Haven Lodge in January of 2012. Once again she made many new friends and was reunited with some dear old friends from the Veteran area. Dorothy went home to be with her Lord, October 8, 2014.
Her very large family will miss her but will always remember her in their hearts. Alice Faye and Russell Watts of Big Valley and their family; Ron and Karen Bardwell, their daughter Amy, Reid and Winston Blick; son Cody and Bailey of Red Deer; Danny and Della Watts of Red Deer and their children, son Brent and Hailey, son Aaron and Chelan of Sylvan Lake, daughter Tara, Scott and Ryder Ralston also from Red Deer; daughter Kathleen and Ryan; son Dallas and Jen of Airdrie; Russ and Charlotte Watts and their children, Tayla and Jenna of Edmonton.
Violet and Ron Milton of Big Valley and their children, son Wayne Stoneystreet, Zachary, Brady, and Cassidy of Rocky Mountain House; daughter, Janet and Tyler Courtright; Kayden, Audra, and children Hadley and Jolena; Pamela and her daughter Sophia of Red Deer; son Dennis and Roberta Milton and their family, daughter Rhonda and Rick Blanchett and family; daughter Lorraine Jocieceur and family; son Richard Milton and family; daughter Lena and Rob Maxwell and family; daughter Laura Milton and Phil and family; son Ron Milton, Kelly and Family; son Don Milton and family. Daughter Deanna and Reg Bennett and family; Dorothy’s sister Eileen Parris of Ft. McMurray; sisters-in-law Marion Lamontagne and Sadie Caseley of Coronation; brother-in-law Pete and Betsy Brown of Arrowwood as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends who were dear to her heart.
A graveside service was be held at the Veteran Cemetery on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Darrel Durksen officiating. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Dorothy, memorial contributions may be made to Heart Haven Lodge, Stettler, AB, in care of Coronation Funeral Home P.O. Box 358 Coronation, Alberta TOC 1Co who have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.