Mohle (nee Martin), Dorothy Margaret “Doffy”

July 17, 1930 – April 2, 2022
at the age of 91 years:

       Dorothy (affectionately known to family and friends as Doffy) was born in Ixopo, Natal, South Africa to her parents Frank and Ada Martin.  The beloved memories of her childhood on the farm lasted to Doffy’s final days and inspired her lifelong love of animals and nature.  Tragically, her father passed away before Doffy was seven, and she and her mother moved to the nearby town where she was able to attend school while her brother Denis took over running the farm.  Her elder brother Nigel was killed in the war in 1944 and this affected her deeply.

Doffy attended boarding school and then Teachers’ College before heading off to teach school in the little village of Gingindlovu, and it was there she met her husband-to-be, Dennis Mohle.  The primary grades were her favourite, and the years of teaching little ones created such happy memories.

Doffy and Dennis were married in 1954.  In the following years, they had two children, Nigel and Jennifer.   They provided a welcoming home to many family members and friends, some for whom Doffy became a beloved foster mother.

Dennis, Doffy, Nigel and Jennifer moved to Canada for the first time in 1968, settling in the town of Powell River BC, where Doffy taught at a local elementary school.  Missing family and friends, they returned to South Africa in 1970 until the lure of life in Canada called them back, returning in 1977 to settle in Kamloops, BC.  Although she no longer taught in school, Doffy spent many years giving piano and organ lessons, volunteering at the neighbourhood schools and the church thrift store plus helping with the Shopping for Seniors program.  The Mohles connected with other ex-South Africans in Kamloops, and they formed a new family of friends, gathering frequently for holidays, celebrations, and vacations.  Auntie Doffy happily provided music and favourite foods at these events.

In 2008 Doffy and Dennis moved to Salmon Arm to be closer to family.  Doffy put her volunteer hat on once again, assisting in the shopping program through the Seniors Resource Centre.

Doffy dearly loved her grandchildren and great-granddaughter, and she treasured days when family came to visit.  Special baked goods, gardening, and knitting projects were among her hobbies.

The past several years presented increasing health challenges for Doffy, and the last year saw her separated from Dennis as she spent significant time in hospital before moving to her final residence at Piccadilly Care Centre.  The family would like to thank the wonderful care teams who were so kind to Doffy while in their care.

Doffy was a special lady who was very loved and will be missed by many.  She has a special place in the hearts of her husband Dennis, son Nigel (Leahann) and daughter Jennifer (Bill), her grandchildren Jordan (Alex), Taegan (Dane), Ashley (Jacob), and Brent, and her great-granddaughter Kate.  Her nieces, nephews and many friends will remember her love and kindness.

Doffy didn’t “want a fuss” when she passed, so there will be no service, but condolences and memories to be shared with the family may be sent via www.fischersfuneralservices.com

 

5 Comments

  1. I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Mohle’s passing. I remember her fondly from the time in the early 1990’s when she taught my three children to play the piano. Every week she would come faithfully on her bike or sometimes the bus to our home in Westsyde. She was so very kind and patient with them even if they hadn’t practiced enough… The photo you used really captures her lovely spirit. My very sincere condolences to the family.
    Pat Pinske

  2. Dear Dennis and family: so very sorry to hear of Doffy’s passing. She was always the gentlest of people and so patient in trying to teach the girls piano. Loved her concerts she put on each year. We will always remember the wildest – wickedest weekend at Roy and Avril’s cabin. Good times ! Once again, our condolences to the family. Faye and John Weiss, Kamloops

  3. Jennifer your mom was an amazing lady and was such a strong Christian the times that I met her she always had the biggest smile and a wonderful hug she was truly devoted to all children and her compassion and love will be present in the family for years to come
    sending lots of hugs and love and prayers at this time of loss Judy and Gerry

  4. Aunty Doffy holds a special place in our hearts. Growing up with wonderful people who became our family is a part of my life I dearly treasure. All the special occasions that showed acceptance and love to all. Aunty Doffy always had a generous and loving spirit. She was a warm and wonderful person. She will be missed. Love to all from Robin and Janine xoxo

  5. We will always remember the good times spent camping with Doffy and Dennis. Doffy was a sweet and thoughtful person. We always felt so at home when visiting and will miss our tea times. RIP ❤️

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