Dorothy Temple


Dorothy was born on April 23, 1931 in Dunnville, ON; her Dad was a newspaper print-setter and her Mom was a school teacher, and also taught piano. When her mother taught her to play the piano at a young age, Dorothy never realized what a blessing the gift of music would become.

When Dorothy was 17 she met the love of her life, Clarke Temple through church, and they were wed in 1949. Together they moved to Parry Sound, ON, where they started a commercial fishing business in partnership with Clarke’s brother Harry and his wife Cora. As a team, the four of them carved out a life from the wilderness in rural Parry Sound, which involved living off the land and building themselves log homes from the logs they cut out of the bush. They lived in their log homes for over 40 years where they raised their family and enjoyed their rural life.

Dorothy accepted her Lord Jesus Christ at a young age and faithfully served the Lord throughout her life, often through her gift and passion of playing the piano. Dorothy loved to play the piano and blessed everyone with her abilities, and followed in her mother’s footsteps by teaching piano as well. It was always Dorothy’s role to play on the church worship team, for weddings, funerals and special events. Dorothy loved to knit, watch sports, game shows, and never ceased to impress us with her Scrabble skills.

In their later years, Clarke and Dorothy moved west to be close to family, settling in Creston, BC for 2 years where Clarke passed away shortly after their 50th wedding anniversary. Dorothy then moved to Fernie, BC to be even closer to family. Once again, she quickly became involved in her church and community. She loved camping, attending church, supporting the Ghostriders, and anything else that came up. With a zest for life, Dorothy was always willing to try new things and to tag along to any activity.

Dorothy left us in the early morning hours on Saturday, September 2, 2017 to be with the Lord. Dorothy’s positive attitude made her a joy to be around, even in her last months when life was difficult; often making us laugh with her comical one-liners and sense of humor. We look forward to seeing Dorothy again in heaven where she will undoubtedly be leading some great orchestra…..

Dorothy is survived by her children: Marilyn (Leo) Trenker, Doug (Brenda) Temple, and Don (Patricia) Temple, her grandchildren: Melissa (Len) Sparks, Lisa Sweezer, Tyler (Alisha) Temple, Jillian (Chad) Langerud, Lindsay (David) Mills, Kyle (Frida) Temple, Rick (Kacey) Temple, and Drew (Holly) Temple, and great grandchildren: Elijah, Macy, Dakota, Rylund, Tristan, Ruger, Evalyn, Ruthie, Violet, Tessa, Caleb, Jacob, Anna, Elliot, Lilly, Evelia, Lou, Ella, Sadie, Everett, Millie, Eli, and Ginny. She was predeceased by her parents William & Florence Wills and her husband Clarke Temple.

Memorial tributes may be made in Dorothy’s name to the Heart & Stroke Foundation,

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