Obituary of Dorothy 'Dot' V. Morrison, R.N., New Waterford
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Dorothy Vivian Morrison on the 24th of August, 2019 at New Waterford Consolidated Hospital with her daughter Kathryn by her side. Dorothy (Dot as she called herself) was a proud member of the nursing profession graduating in 1949 from the Glace Bay General Hospital School of Nursing. She had an interesting nursing career (retiring in 1990) starting at the Steel Company Hospital, then Sydney City Hospital on to Point Edward Hospital and the Detox Unit formerly on Alexander Street, Sydney, all of whom she outlasted. Never one to shy away from expressing her opinion, she had a twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face for all those who had the fortune to know or meet her. She genuinely cared and liked people, her kindness and generosity over her lifetime was felt by many.
Dot was a board member on the Maple Hill Manor committee to build that facility; a long-time member of Calvin United Church; and a Life Member of the United Church Women; a former member of the Presbytery, the Glace Bay General Hospital Nurses Alumna.
She lived her life with enthusiasm and curiosity towards many things including the arts both visual and performance. She was a supporter of many local artists purchasing paintings for her home or as gifts for others, and she liked nothing better than attending a great concert or a play with friends in tow. She relished travel and she managed to spend vacation time doing everything from “a road trip across Canada”, beaches in Jamaica, a cruise or two, a few months in Florida to a celebration of her 80th Birthday in New York. Dot’s last major trip, seven years ago, was to London, England and followed by a Baltic Cruise visiting the Hermitage Museum with her ever-present and biggest cheerleader, Hugh and several members of her family.
Dot is survived by her husband of 69 years, Hugh, with whom she lovingly shared many of her adventures in life and her daughters, Susan, St. John’s NL and Kathryn, Halifax. She was born in Port Morien to Dan and Christine (MacAulay) MacKenzie and, along with her parents, she is predeceased by her siblings, Angus (1942), Melvin (Annie Mae), Aulay (Florence), Jessie (Dan Munroe), Jean (Roger French), Kay (Freeman Wadden) and several nieces and nephews all of whom she cherished. She was born in 1928 and is the last surviving member of her immediate family. She lived a full and wonderful life and was well respected, cherished and loved by her family and others for her steadfast kindness and caring.
Please remember her in your individual way and with a smile in your heart. We would like to thank the staff at Parkland, doctors, nurses and staff of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and the New Waterford Consolidated Hospital and her family doctor, Dr. Azer and Rev. Duncan Roach for their care and compassion.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 28 from 4-8 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 380 Smith Street, New Waterford. Funeral Service will take place in Calvin United Church, Hudson Street, New Waterford at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2019, with Rev. Duncan Roach officiating. A luncheon will be held in the Rev. Duncan Roach Fellowship Room with burial to follow in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney.
In her memory, donations may be made to Calvin United Church. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at: www.vjmcgillivray.