June 13, 1918 – March 7, 2014
Another of the Greatest Generation passed peacefully on March 7 with her family and a last rye and coke at her side. Dorma was born June 13, 1918 in Penticton where she lived for 32 years before moving to Terrace in 1951 and finally to the Vancouver area in 1967.
Mom was one-of-a-kind; feisty, loving, generous, witty, independent, frugal and determined. She endured her hardships with a quiet strength and was always ready to party with her family, fellow curlers and Elks, Royal Purple and Legion members. She was a teenager during the Great Depression, lost her first husband (Robert Archer) and a brother (Bruce McQuistin) in service with the RCAF in WWII, her second child (Lynda McKerracher) in infancy in 1949, her second husband (Neil McKerracher) in 1979 and was predeceased by two brothers and a sister in her later years. With Neil she relocated to Terrace, at that time a small logging and sawmilling village, after losing the family business in Penticton to an uninsured fire.
She is survived by her daughter Leslie Stanyer (Joe Turner) of Okanagan Falls, sons Dan of Kamloops and Rich (Lynn) of North Vancouver, her sister Jackie Bristol (Ivar) of Penticton, 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She had a special relationship with and chose to reside close to her granddaughter, Layne Stanyer, of White Rock, who was a great support in her declining years. She loved and was loved by the wonderful Care Team at Whitecliff Retirement Home.
We are grateful for her long life, her happy heart, and her deep love for us all.