Dorothy E. Goudey

Dorothy E. Goudey

Tuesday, December 6th, 1927 - Sunday, February 9th, 2020
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With great sadness the family of Dorothy Eileen Goudey announces her death on February 9, 2020.
Caring wife for 58 years of John Francis (deceased), Dorothy is survived by her
children John Robert (Jennifer), James Stephen (Brenda Corbett), Martha Ann
Collard (Tim Collard); grandchildren Elise and Dylan Collard; sister Mary Elizabeth
Walker (Robert Bruce Walker); sister-in-law Elinor Whyte (Donaldson).
Born in Shawinigan, Quebec, Dorothy was the daughter of the late James Smith
Whyte and Margaret Eileen Whyte (Wadleigh) and one of four children, predeceased
by her brothers James Smith Whyte and Robert Andrew Christopher
Whyte and her sister-in-law, Karen Marie Whyte (Johnson).

After graduating high school in Shawinigan, Dorothy completed her nurse’s
training in 1949 at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. She commenced a
cross country journey with her fellow nurses, working at various hospitals along
the way, including the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Dorothy then left Canada to work at the Royal Homeopathic Hospital in London,
England, caring for the injured veterans from WWII. She remembered the very
long hours and the intensity of the work.

She married John in 1952 and began a new life of raising children and volunteer
work, despite moving every couple of years as John’s work took the family from
Quebec to Ontario to the USA and to Hong Kong in 1972. In 1990, John and
Dorothy retired to Yarmouth.

Dorothy had a lifelong commitment to helping others and giving back to her
community, regardless of where she lived. Through the American Women’s
Association, she transcribed textbooks into braille, guided sailors on leave in HK at
the Fleet Club, was active in Girl Guides and the PTA.

Upon retiring to Yarmouth, Dorothy became actively involved with the Women’s
Auxiliary at the Yarmouth County Hospital, volunteering on the Diabetic ward,
Holy Trinity Anglican Church in the Women’s Guild, sewing costumes for the
Yarmouth Arts Regional Council (Th’ YARC), Meals on Wheels, Milton
Improvement Society (Treasurer), Yarmouth SPCA fundraising, and reading to the
blind. In 2006, Rotary International recognized her volunteerism by presenting
her with the Paul Harris Fellow Award.

An avid gardener, competitive bridge player, golfer, curler, and lover of cats,
Dorothy brought her quick wit and caring manner to everyone and everything she
touched. She loved solving the daily crossword and word puzzles, long walks on
the beach, knitting socks for the Red Cross, and making currant jelly from the
bushes in her garden.

Dorothy will be greatly missed. The family is grateful to Dr. Julie Chandler and
Ms. Beverlee Jacquard for their support; and for the compassion and high-quality
care Dorothy received while residing at Sunset Terrace and the Meadows.
Cremation has occurred. The family will gather for a Celebration of Life and
interment later this year. Donations in Dorothy’s memory would be gratefully
received by the following organizations: The Old Ladies Home Society (Sunset
Terrace) and the Women’s Auxiliary at the Yarmouth County Hospital.
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Gaynor Kleiber

Posted at 08:40am
Condolences to the family of Dorothy Goudey from Gay Kleiber and John Thompson.After we moved from Ontario ,we became friends with Dorothy and her husband, John.My memories of Dorothy are of her bridge playing skills and her sense of humour expressed best on the golf course.

Coral Babin

Posted at 05:23pm
Dear John, Martha and the rest of the family,
I was sad to hear of your mothers passing. She was a wonderfu lady with many talents. My sincere sympathy on your loss. May you rest in peace Dorothy.
Coral Babin (aka The Flower Lady)

Susan Amon

Posted at 10:25am
We 1st met Dorothy and John when we bought the farm in Lake Annis. My children soon came to think of them as you would grandparents. Their stories of travel , adventure and family has had a great influence on my children and myself and for that I am very grateful. Dorothy was a strong, intelligent, determined, caring, beautiful woman, who loved her family and community. Rest in peace our friend. We love you. The Bell Amon Family

Kelly Bellamon Posted at 02:12pm

I first met Dorothy as a child while growing up in Lake Annis. She treated me and my siblings to a copy of the Rudyard Kipling's novel Kim. She always was kind and well spoken. I will miss her warm smile. and conversations that I enjoyed with her working at the information desk in Yarmouth Hospital

Chris MacNaughton

Posted at 12:06pm
Our sincere condolences to all the Goudey family on the passing of your Mom. Dorothy was an amazing women who gave so much to her communities and friends. Dorothy was a very dear friend to our mother Doris MacNaughton and we recalled hearing many stories of the great fun they shared together over the years through bridge games, golfing and other groups. Dorothy and John were so proud of each of their children as we recall them often sharing stories of their travels. Such a great person who will be so dearly missed. Rest easy now Dorothy, you have left your mark on the world. Chris MacNaughton

Sheila (Nixon) Surette Posted at 09:54pm

Our condolences to all family members.

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