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Dorothy Mary Thorstenson (Bird)

August 21, 1916 - June 19, 2015


Dorothy Mary Thorstenson (nee Bird), our beloved mom, grand-mom, (Gammy) great-grand-mom and sister, passed away peacefully  on June 19, 2015 at 98 years of age.   She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Miller (George), her sons, Ted Thorstenson (Karen) and Cliff Thorstenson (Sherry ), her sister, Betty Soule (Marc), five grand-children, Paul Miller (Rosamund), Dean Miller (Melanie), Dylan Thorstenson, Stephan Thorstenson, Liana Thorstenson (Ben), and her five great-grand-children, Cailen, Isabel, Hailey, Nicola and Matthew and was a much loved “Auntie Dot” to her nieces and nephews.. She was preceded in her passing by Roy, her loving husband of 58 years, and her sisters Joan Elliott, and Marjorie McIvor.  Our mom was born on August 21, 1916 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where her parents, Claudia and Ernest Bird settled after moving from England.  Her family then moved to Victoria where she spent a blissful childhood  with her three sisters and many cousins, aunts and uncles enjoying family get-togethers, swimming and canoeing in the Gorge and playing tennis on  a grass court constructed by their father “to keep my girls at home”.  She attended Craigflower School in her elementary years and then Mt. View High in her teen years.   Mom became a dedicated nurse after receiving training at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.  While nursing at Vancouver General, she met our dad who declared “It was love at first sight”, and was married in 1940.   After a honeymoon of travelling for three weeks on horseback over the Skyline Trail, much asked of a city girl, the newly-weds resided first in Princeton where dad taught for a year, then Nanaimo, Toronto, Qualicum Beach and, when Dad was appointed Inspector of Schools, Ocean Falls, Hope and Tsawwassen.  Upon retiring they travelled extensively and built a summer cottage on Mayne Island where they spent many hours working about the place, boating, relaxing and being with family.       Our loving mom of sparkling blue eyes will be remembered for her warmth and humour, her love of playing the piano and dancing, of golfing, playing bridge and bowling with friends. She was also an artist, her paintings exemplifying her sense of colour and design and love of natural beauty.    We wish to express our gratitude to the staff at Sunridge Place, Duncan, B.C. for their loving, compassionate care.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Childrens’ Hospital would be appreciated.    A Celebration of Life will be held at a date yet to be determined.  Mom you have left us with beautiful memories.  Know you will always be at our side.  


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Marilynn (Martin) Macdougall
Relation: high school friend of son Ted

Embrace your memories, and my sincere condolences to all of you,
Regards, Marilynn

From: Helen Owens
Relation: Patsy's UBC roommate

Patsy, sincere condolences in the loss of your mother. How wonderful that she could be part of your life for so long. I was your roommate at Fort Camp UBC in 1960.

From: Audrey page nee moar
Relation: High school friend of Patricia

To patsy , Ted & Clifford, Sorry to hear of your moms passing . I have fond memories of Patsy’s & my friendship at qualicum beach . Audrey

From: Peter and Audrey Pihach
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Audrey & I would like to offer our deepest sympathy to the Family for the loss of Mrs. Thorstenson. We did meet Mrs. Thorstenson only on a few occasions. With Ted & Karen as long term Neighbours & Friends we feel we knew her.
Peter & Audrey Pihach

From: Catherine Delf
Relation: Neighbor


My husband and I were saddened when you read of Dorothy’s passing but remembered her very fondly so it was nice to read a little bit bit about her life.

We lived next door to her on Upland Drive and ended up buying the house from her. We kept in touch for a while but when she moved over to Duncan lost touch.

She was a gem of a lady and truly a sweetheart.

Our sympathy is with you at this time.


Catherine and Gary Delf

From: Marla & Garry Franklyn
Relation: Mary Franklyn's family

Condolence from our family to yours. Mary, Garry & I will miss sharing Christmas Dinner at Sunridge with Dorothy, Pat & George. Also condolences from my mother – Pauline MacInnis – she met Dorothy on her many visits from PEI to see me and when we would go & visit Mary we had spent time with Dorothy. I’ll miss Dorothy’s compliments on my outfits, especially my shoes! Dorothy was so stylish! God Bless you all.

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