April 10, 1936 – November 1, 2012
Dot passed away in the Chilliwack General Hospital after coping bravely against advanced cancer. Her husband of 54 years, Monty, daughters Kathy (Allan) and Cindy (James), and son Montry Jr. (Kristie) were by her bedside at the time of her peaceful parting.
Dot was born in Bathurst NB. At age twenty (1956) she ventured west; trained at Essondale (Riverview) and became a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse until May 1991.
Words seem inadequate to describe Dot’s loving and caring personality combined with a keen sense of humour and the perseverance to persist against adversity. In many ways she was the bond that united her diverse, extended family into a harmonious oneness. For the past twenty one years the residence in Princeton was known simply and appropriately as Grannieland.
When living in Pitt Meadows Dot played the organ at the local Anglican Church, and the home on McMyn, during the sixties and seventies, was often the scene for much jovial, heartwarming togetherness, highlighted by her piano playing skills. In later years, at the Princeton Branch 30 Seniors Hall, Dot tickled the ivories with delicate feeling or wild abandon when playing for the Movers and Shakers entertainment group. On that note, Dot’s husband and family wishes to thank the innumerable Princeton friends and acquaintances who made the Raines life so enjoyable and satisfying during the past twenty one years in their presence. Princeton was the destination of choice for retirement and the welcome mat was immediately evident. Dot’s recreational passion was bowling in both Princeton and Chilliwack in recent years. Many friendships were born and prospered at the alleys and she liked nothing better than having family members of all ages congregate for an evening of fun bowling.
For all of her loving, trustful years as wife to Monty, she still retained, with his blessing, a persistent streak of independence which was proven when she drove solo across Canada to New Brunswick and back again in 2004, a total of approximately 3600 miles. Two months after returning she rolled her car over a steep embankment on the Hope Princeton Highway within ten miles of home. In the dark, after extricating herself from the vehicle, she struggled seventy five feet or more up the clay and bushy slope to be picked up by a passing trucker.
Dot was predeceased by son Garry (1973) and brothers Ernie, Art, and Bob. Only a few weeks before her passing and accompanied by daughter Kathy, Dot miraculously travelled to New Brunswick and spent a week with her remaining brother Norm; a trip that was her silver lining around the dark cloud of apprehension.
Dot has always been a lover of her pet dogs that she ‘saved’ by adoption. First there were two tiny Sandy dogs, then Jip the Border Collie, Buddy an Australian Shepherd, and lastly her most recent pride and joy, Nancy, who has been entrusted to the care of her husband with a specific list of do’s and don’ts spelled out by Dot in no uncertain terms—please don’t fret Babe.
Besides her husband, two daughters and a son, Dot leaves nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Dot, our sorrow ia immense, but we know that you are part of us forever.
The family gives many thanks to the Cancer Society staff in Kelowna and Abbotsford for their expertise and understanding ways. Equally important was the kindness shown by all those involved with Dot’s care during the stressful last few days of her life in Chilliwack General Hospital. Her choice of donations was to the BC Cancer Society or your local S.P.C.A.
Other than a private family gathering, Dot’s request for a celebration of her life in Princeton will be planned at a later date.