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HARDY, Dorothy Pearl “Tootsie”

June 30, 1921 – March 18, 2013

Dorothy Pearl “Tootsie” Hardy (nee Atkins) passed away peacefully on Monday March 18, 2013 at the age of 91 years with her daughters at her side.

Dorothy was born June 30, 1921 in Ottawa, Ontario, the third of twelve children born to Florence and Thomas Atkins. She attended Commerce High School where she mastered the secretarial skills of shorthand and typing and soon found work in the Dominion Forest Service of the Federal Government. It was while working there, that she met her future husband Bill.

The young couple had two daughters, Susan and Donna, and in 1964 the family moved west to Calgary. In this city, they made new lifelong friends.

She was a wonderful correspondent and never forgot a birthday, anniversary or an opportunity to send a cheery note to her many family members and friends.

For many years, Dorothy and Bill spent a good part of the winter in Hawaii, where they enjoyed the company of their ‘same-time-next-year’ friends. Dorothy also got great enjoyment spending time at the family cottage on the Shuswap Lake, B.C. In the early 1980’s Dorothy and Bill retired to Nanoose Bay B.C. where they lived ten happy years. Following the death of her husband in 1995, Dorothy continued her travel adventures with her sister Mabel.

Dorothy was a very kind, thoughtful and happy woman who always had a positive outlook and was able to see the best in everyone and everything. Dorothy was always happiest when surrounded by family members, especially her grandchildren.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters; Susan Quance and Donna Jopling (Gary); grandchildren Bryan Quance (Jenilee), Robyn Hay (Glen), Kent Jopling (Caycee) and Devon Baker (Ryan); her eight great-grandchildren; and her surviving brothers; sisters; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband William Hardy and son-in-law Dan Quance.

As per Dorothy’s wishes a private celebration of her life will be held in Calgary and her funeral will take place in Ottawa at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, if friends so wish, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 781-1978,

In living memory of Dorothy Hardy, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Jo (SULLY) PAGE :

    Donna and Susan
    I remember you girls, your working Mom and Dad and visits to see my Grandfather Cliff Miskell (also with Forest Service) at the yellow cottage at MacLaren’s Landing. Barb& Barry Sully (professional forester , retired) still living at MacLaren’s Landing. So sorry to hear about your loss, but glad that a tree will be planted in Dorothy’s Honour.

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  2. Donna & Susan
    I met your parents when they lived in Nanoose. My parents were good friends with Dorothy & Bill (Dad was a first cousin to Bill) . I remember Dorothy a very kind & thoughtful person.

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