Dorothy Hollister

Dorothy Hollister

Saturday, July 23rd, 1932 Sunday, October 11th, 2020

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Obituary for Dorothy Louise Hollister (Richards)

Hollister, Dorothy Louise (née Richards)
Our beautiful mother, Dorothy Louise Hollister (née Richards), left this world on October 11, 2020. She was born July 23, 1932 and lived a glorious 88 years. She left behind 4 children - Mark (Catherine), Pamela (Mitchell), Debra (Frank) and Matthew (Diana) and 4 grandchildren - Benjamin, Rebecca, Michael and Nicholas.
To describe Dorothy is not an easy task. She was a feisty, cantankerous, stubborn, fiercely independent, loyal and brutally honest woman who would tell you ‘her truth’ without solicitation. She did this on a routine basis much to the chagrin of those in her line of sight. She did not suffer fools easily. As counterbalance, Dorothy had a wicked sense of humour - one she employed on a routine basis in any situation she deemed necessary.
Our mother had an innate intelligence that is not easily acquired by many and this intelligence surfaced when guiding her children through life. Her ability to love her children and grandchildren was unparalleled. Dorothy was not always the most demonstrative person - likely as a result of her own upbringing. However, if you were loved by Dorothy, you knew it. Sometimes that’s all a person needs in life.
She felt things deeply and had an incredible soft spot for any furry creature - especially cats. She cared for them with great gentleness, kindness and love. But the true love of Dorothy’s life was her husband, James. James left us too soon, but the great comfort we take is knowing that Dorothy and James (aka Jas, Jimbo, the Equalizer and the Silver Fox) are united again in a place where they are free of physical limitations, surrounded by family and friends long gone, and animals who knew her love and nurturing firsthand.

Mom, we miss you and love you more than anything.
Your loving family

Visitation will be held at the Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 21 First St., Orangeville on Friday, October 16, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. followed by the Funeral Service in the Chapel at 11:00 a.m.

A tree will be planted in memory of Dorothy in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The next annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 16th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
    Friday, October 16th, 2020
    10:00am - 11:00am
  • Service

    Friday, October 16th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
    Friday, October 16th, 2020


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Barry and Lucille Winter

Deb, Pam, Matt and Mark
For over forty years Dorothy was a significant part of our lives, with her dry wit and small town morality she endeared herself to us and our patients. When she retires a few years ago we lost a vibrant spirit. We, and our patients, missed her. Many patients still ask after her. Thank you for sharing your mother with us for these many years.
Our sympathy goes out to you and the extended family.
With all our love,
Lucille and Barry
Comment | Posted at 09:20pm via Condolence

Brent Hollister

Dear Family:
So sorry to hear of Aunt Dorothy's passing. She certainly was a special person. We were able to catch the service online and it was extremely well done and moving.
God bless one and all.

Janet & Brent
Comment | Posted at 03:29pm via Condolence

Lynne Hollister

My eepest sympathy on the passing of Aunt Dorothy. I have fond memories of our visit here in Tillsonburg several years ago.
I will always remember what a vibrant woman she was.
Lynne Hollister (niece)
Comment | Posted at 12:09pm via Condolence

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