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