She was a wonderful woman who was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished. She was the beloved wife of Douglas Herdman for 45 years. Dorothy was the loving mother of Janet and Jeff Gile of Geraldton, Lynn and Mark Twohey of London, Jo-Anne and Jeff Donovan of Grand Prairie, and Lisa Herdman of Hamilton. She was the devoted grandmother of Jennifer and Danny, Shannon and Ralph, Ashley and Sean, Douglas and Sylvie, Kathleen, Grace, David and Erin, and Matthew and Natalie. She was the Great-Grandmother of Ethan, Joey, Mia, Layla, MacKenzie, MacKayla, Olivia, Russell, Kieran, Jayden, Zander and Jaxsen. She was the cherished sister of Jan, Isabelle, Jane, Ernie, Lorrie and Wes.
She was born in Strathroy and was the eldest of seven children. Dorothy met the love of her life in 1957 and married in 1958. She happily raised her four daughters. She loved to travel. She saw all of Canada, many of the States, and travelled extensively across Europe. She loved to cruise and soak up the sun. She was an avid sports fan, loved figure skating, New York Yankees, horse racing and loved to watch golf. Dorothy bowled many years and her crowning achievement was bowling a perfect game. She was also a great card player and taught her children to play euchre and cribbage at an early age. She loved to read to her children and grandchildren, creating wonderful characters and made her stories come to life.
Dorothy and Doug owned a four season resort, Paradise Valley Campground. They enjoyed building their business, meeting many families and providing a wonderful family atmosphere filled with activities.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, 7 June at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Strathroy. You are welcome to visit the family prior to the service. A reception will be taking place at Caradoc Sands Golf Club at 12:30.