HOWARTH Dorothy Howarth (Flewelling) Nee Gaetz The laughter ended on November 15th, 2008 when Dorothy Howarth passed away at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Center (Continuing Care) a month after her 98th birthday. One of the last immediate descendants of the founding family of Red Deer, Alberta, Dorothy Gaetz was born October 19, 1910, the daughter of Red Deer's first Mayor, Raymond Gaetz and Mary Linton Gaetz, and the Granddaughter of Rev. Leonard Gaetz, founder of the City of Red Deer. One sister and four brothers predeceased her. Following her education in Red Deer, she attended Normal in Camrose and taught school for 29 years including grades one through nine in Elkhorn, Milton and Morningside and Grade One at Lacombe Elementary School. She was adored by children, staff, and parents alike. She once stated that she knew when she was getting older when she discovered that she had taught three generations in one family! Favourite stories of her early teaching career included stories of trudging long distances to school in deep snow, to fire up the furnace before a long day with her beloved students. Dorothy was also the organist and a choir member at St. Andrew's United Church for many years and played for the local Lions Club. She was a popular pianist at the Lacombe Lodge as she played every morning before breakfast. She loved life and she loved to laugh! She was predeceased by her loving husband, Lyle (Happy) Flewelling in 1975, her loving husband, Jack Howarth in 1983, her eldest grandson, Daniel Molzan in 2004, and son-In-law, Bob Gibbons, in 2005. A loving, devoted, and gracious mother and grand-mother, family was everything to Dorothy. She is survived by her two daughters, Mary Gibbons of Victoria, B.C. and Judy Salamandick (Lawrence) of Edmonton; two beloved grandsons; Michael Salamandick (Michelle), and Mark Salamandick of Edmonton. Also survived by her cherished three great granddaughters, Zoë Salamandick of Edmonton, Gellana and Danysha Molzan of Victoria, BC. A celebration of Dorothy's life will be held at St. Andrew's United Church, 5226 – 51 Ave. Lacombe on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. with interment in the Gaetz family plot at the Red Deer Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre (Continuing Care) 5430-47 Ave., Lacombe AB. T4L 1G8. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to: subject- Howarth. WILSON'S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM serving Central Alberta with locations in Lacombe & Rimbey in charge of the arrangements. 403-782-3366 403-843-3388 "A Caring Family, Caring For Families"

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