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STANLEY, Dorothy Marie

Dorothy Marie Stanley, 70, of Edmonton Alberta, died on July 7, 2017 in Calgary Alberta following an aggressive battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dorothy was born in Wenatchee, Washington, to Bruce and Jessie Stanley. She graduated from Wenatchee High School and later Central Washington University with Bachelor of Education. Following graduation, she moved to Canada where she worked as a teacher and teacher-librarian, inspiring youth for 21 years at Rocky Mountain House West Central High School. She joined the Alberta Teachers Association Staff in 1992 until retirement in 2009. During this time, she continued teaching and inspiring through professional development workshops and teacher welfare. Dorothy was particularly grateful for the opportunity to encourage undergraduate teachers from the University of Alberta. She was actively involved with Edmonton Mayfield Rotary club where she received a Paul Harris Fellowship. Dorothy loved her family and close friends with abundance and generosity. She will be profoundly missed by her family as they hold her memory amid deep grief and immeasurable affection. Tom and Eva wish to thank all family members and close friends who visited, provided care, loved and encouraged Dorothy through her Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dorothy is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Eva; nephews, Brent and his daughter Morgan; Mitchell and his children, Grayden and Sierra; Michael and his children, Hailey and Berlynn; her niece Elizabeth (Dom) and their children Ben and Jackson; and her very best friend Darlene (Jim) Spargo. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Jessie; and her brother Robert.

Honorary Pallbearers are close friends and colleagues: Julius Buski, Brenda Haubrich, Catherine Moir, Noreen O’Haire, Jim Spargo, and all her great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family of Dorothy Stanley wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at Millrise Place, second floor long term care, for their attention to her needs during this challenging time in her life.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with officiant Reverend Marion Martin serving the United Church of Canada. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Dorothy’s memory may be made directly to Rocky Mountain House, West Central High School library 5506, 50th Street, Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1W7 (403) 845-7475, or to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, 800, 7015 MacLeod Trail S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2K6, Telephone: (403)290-0110,

In living memory of Dorothy Stanley, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Wilma Chorney

    Tom, Eva and family we are so sorry for your loss. It sounds like she touched so many people in her life. Love and hugs from Nestor and Willie

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  2. Calvin and Marie Fraser

    Tom, Eva and family: Throughout our many years of friendship Dorothy spoke often of her love for you all. She lived a truly special and caring life.

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  3. I have very fond memories of Dorothy. Buying shoes in Ottawa, discovering a diamond ring in a bouquet of yellow roses and a compelling laugh to go with everything she did. She was smart, caring and extremely generous. Her presence on this earth will be missed.

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  4. You were a great woman Dorothy, always kind. I cleaned for Dorothy for 5 years.we always had a good time and lots of laughs. she will be missed by many. god speed my friend.

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  5. Cynthia Malner-Charest

    As a teacher from the field who had the privilege of working on committees which Dorothy as an Alberta Teachers’ Association Staff officer oversaw, and later on, Dorothy’s colleague, I was always inspired by Dorothy’s sense of fairness and justice, her sense of humour and down to earth “real-ness”. I extend my condolences to Dorothy’s family and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  6. Norma and Gary Thompson

    We were very saddened to hear of the passing of your dear Dorothy. We had a close relationship with Dorothy both as friends and colleagues while she lived in Rocky and continued our friendship when she moved to Edmonton. She was extremely generous with her home and often allowed several of us to bunk with her when in the city. Unfortunately we were not aware that she had Alzheimer’s and were not able to get in touch with her when this devastating disease made it impossible for her to let us know where she was. When Dorothy’s mother suffered with the same affliction we said that Alzheimer’s often affected very intelligent people and the same is true for Dorothy. We are going to be in Halifax on July 31 so are not able to attend the funeral. Please express our condolences to all of Dorothy’s family and friends.

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  7. Bill and Vicki Mather

    It was a joy to work with Dorothy. We have plenty of good memories of our times spent with Dorothy, some fun and humorous, others profound and touching. Dorothy touched many lives and has left her mark on Education in Alberta. Our hearts go out to you, Tom and Eva, and to your family.

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  8. Thomas and Eva,
    Dorothy and I served on Provincial Council together. I remember one cold March we both went to New York to a conference. When we were on the Stanton Island ferry, and saw the Statue of Liberty, she gave a little cry of joy. We did an open carriage ride through the streets of New York past St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Dorothy booked an off Broadway show and a visit to the Russian Tea Room. Coming home, she managed to get 14 Broadway posters through customs. She was full of fun and a joy as a travel mate.
    My sincere sympathy,
    Judy Michiel

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  9. My condolences to Dorothy’s relatives and close friends. She was a wonderful person and I enjoyed my professional association with her over the years. She was very committed to the profession of teaching and the cause of teaching. So grateful that our paths crossed in this life and much richer as a result.

    Mark Swanson, Ph.D.

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  10. Peter Lenton, B.Ed.

    Sending healing energy, strength & best wishes to all who were touched by Dorothy’s spirit. I had regular connections with Dorothy via my role as Public Relations Director with the ATA’s Global, Enviromental and Outdoor Education Specialist Council for 20 years… She was always so helpful and pleasant and easy to work with. Her incredible spirit will live on especially in the hearts of family members who now can keep her giving spirit alive in the present and future.

    I have just returned from delivering an environmental stewardship and conservation concert for families at Fish Creek Prov Park CreekFEST… Planting a tree in her memory is such a fantastic idea and people can sense her heart when enjoying the gorgeous & precious splendor of those unique, rejuvenating wilderness spaces (within the Calgary City limits!). Thanks Dorothy for all you invested in our students, teachers & educational communities! Respectfully, Peter

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  11. Georgia Howard

    Wishing the family and friends of Miss Stanley warmth at such a difficult time.
    Miss Stanley was an English teacher and faculty advisor for year book, debate club and drama club. I’m sure there’s more but these are the things I remember.
    Sadly teachers never receive the accolades they deserve.
    So thank you Miss Stanley and RIP

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  12. Brenda Haubrich

    Dorothy was a joyful and intense and caring and skilled lady. She was a consulate teacher and a very good friend. She is a blessing to all who know her. Rest and be happy Dorothy, you have earned it.
    Love to her grieving family.

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