Dorothy Jane Graham
Apr 24th 1948 — Apr 29th 2023 (75 years)
It is with saddened hearts, we announce the passing of Dorothy Jane Graham of Truro, Nova Scotia, age 75. 1948 - 2023 Dorothy, known to everyone as Dot, was born in New Glasgow Nova Scotia to parents Richard (Dick) Cook and Jean Elizabeth (Betty) Cook (MacKay). Dot is survived by her five siblings Elizabeth (Liz), Frederick (Fred) and sister in law Marie, Florence, Brenda, Billy and sister-in-law Francine. Dot spent most of her childhood with Aunt Honey in Westville, while uncle Bernie worked away on the railroad. Dot had her first daughter Nikki in 1967, while living in New Glasgow where she worked the Drive-In in Westville as well. She met her late husband David in 1969 and shortly after, her and Nikki moved to Trenton Ontario where Dave was stationed with the Air Force. They had daughter Candice in 1970 while living in Trenton, returned to Nova Scotia for a period of time, then moved to Edmonton AB, and eventually Richmond BC. Dot and Dave parted ways and her and the girls moved back to Nova Scotia, Nikki 9 and Candice 7, to live on Vimy Road in Bible Hill. Dot worked in the dining room at Keddy's Motor Inn in Truro and also waitressed at Bogie's Lounge there. Dot was friends with everyone who met her. She knew so many people and they all loved her as if she was their own momma, aunt, sister, or grandmother. Her heart was bigger than anyone's and she happily gave a piece of her heart to anyone who needed it. Dot also worked the Truro Laundromat on the Esplanade for a period of time. On hot summer days, the door would be propped open and her oldest granddaughters Kristen and Hayley would often stop in for a quarter for the jelly bean machine and a big hug that would make you smell of Jontue perfume for the rest of the day. A smell that will forever be ingrained in our hearts. Dot loved the woods and she loved nature. A quiet forest by the beach on the Bay of Fundy was her favorite place to be. Her and Jenny Dog were often found camping in Economy point, strolling the beach in her Grateful Dead hat, and sleeping in a cozy tent up in the woods by a lookout. A lot of memories were made in that special part of the world for Dot and she reminisced about them often, along with many other stories she would be sure to tell Liz on Sundays when Liz would call from Florida. Being home on Sunday for those calls was always important to her. Dot was very close to her two daughters Nikki and Candice her whole life and will be deeply missed by both of them as well as her son-in-law Scott Fiddes, who called her Mamma Bear. She was extremely proud of her grandchildren. Kristen (Nikki and Art King), Jamie, Lucas and Rachel (Nikki and Gordon Lawrence), Hayley, Jared and Destany (Candice). Her great grandchildren thought the world of her and saw her through eyes that only a great grandchild can. She was a warm and safe place that felt like no other. Arielle (Kristen), Alijah and Darrius (Hayley and Dominic), Ryker and Max (Rachel and Josh) will hold their Great Grammy Dot in their hearts forever and ever with enough hugs and kisses to last eternity. The family couldn't have asked for a more loving, generous and kind matriarch to watch over us all. Dot's sister Liz, grandson Lucas, granddaughter Hayley, and daughters Nikki and Candice provided love and companionship for her over recent years at her home on Pleasant street where she passed peacefully. Crosswords, many pots of Tetley tea, and many many stories will now be shared with her friends and family in the spirit world. Rest peacefully Grammy Dot. We'll sit by your tree often, and tell you all kinds of wonderful stories from here until we hug you again. Okie Dokie Doggy Daddy? There will be a celebration of life for Dot at the Truro Air Force Club at 22 Cottage Street in Truro. Saturday May 20th from 2pm to 5pm. Music, light snacks, beverages, and shared memories. Come and stay for as little or as long as you like.
Notes of Condolences about Dorothy Jane
24 days ago
I have so many wonderful memories of my sister Dot. I was newly single and in my early 20's when Dot took me into her home. Oh the memories I have of those days. I left Nova Scotia a couple of years later and was gone for over 25 years. In the days before cell phones, we kept in touch with letters. In those letters, she took me along on her journey through the years of Nikki, Candice, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren's growth. She sent pictures and stories ...births, first steps, first days of school, many wonderful moments she shared with her beloved family. Then came cell phones and I could talk to Dot often. We shared cups of tea, many laughs and chats about our lives on those Sunday calls. I returned to N.S and again, Dot welcomed me into her home and under her wing. Thank you for the wonderful memories Dot. I will miss you until we meet again. I love you.
a month ago
I could share some memories.. but then we would be here forever.. as every memory i have your somehow a piece of it somewhere, somehow! ill forever miss our daily chats and silly conversations.... you were one of kind gram... love you to the moon and back!
a month ago
I remember working in the kitchen with Dot at the Olde Truro Cafe. That is when I really got to know her. She was a sweetheart and a real stand up person....just plain Dot. What you see is what you got! Big hugs going up to you Dottie!!
a month ago
Some of my very first memories are with my Grammy dot. She was always there when I was a little girl to have horsey-rides on her lap. We would go far and wide on those rides! Down steep and treacherous hills, into valleys, through water and back up the mountain side, jump fallen logs, make sharp turns left and right. She was always there to keep me in the saddle no matter HOW bumpy the ride. At 25 I am far too big now to sit on her tiny lap but my youngest, Mr. Maximus (13 months) had a long journey just like ours only two days before she passed. Seeing them play together is a memory that will be engraved in my heart forever. His laugh is iconic, contagious and I believe that it was the last source of her biggest laughs and smiles before she left us. He had her in happy tears that day, and every time she saw him and they played. There will be no more bumpy rides for Grammy Dot, but little Rachie Machie moo-moo will always know her Grammy is the one there keeping her in the saddle, for all the real horse rides I’ll take through my life, and the metaphorical bumpy rides that life may throw at me from here on. Thank you Gram for never letting me fall off that horse. I love you endlessly. Thank you for creating our beautiful, loving family.
a month ago
There are all kinds of Dorothy’s but most definitely only one “Dot” , Here’s hoping that the next leg of Your journey will be half as exciting as the 1st Young Lady ✌️🙏 . So until Our paths cross again give Yourself a great big Hug from Your Old buddy Gerr 🤗🤗🤗
a month ago
Being a friend with Liz, I got to meet Dot during a visit years ago. I remember her warmth and how she made me feel so comfortable. God be with the family during this sad time. In my thoughts and prayers.
a month ago
Have nothing but happy memories and how she could make me smile even when I felt down.
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