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Dorothy Calvert

October 7, 1941 ~ January 25, 2022 (age 80)


Dorothy Elaine Calvert

It is with great sorrow that the family announce the sudden passing of Dorothy Elaine Calvert of Dauphin MB, (formerly of The Pas, MB) on Tuesday January 25th, 2022.

Dorothy Calvert was born on October 7th, 1941, to Victor and Lily (Hymers) Calvert in a cabin Sec 27-19-7E R.M. of St. Clements, MB. She was a wee little one, weighing only 1 and a half pounds.

On August 7th, 1968, Dorothy married Lawrence Rudrum in Calgary AB. They had three children together, Loretta, Linda, and Lawrence. They were then divorced 1975, they reconciled and were together until 1980. She began a new relationship in 1981 with John Wildi. She married John, October 17th, 1994. She shared a loving life with John until his passing in March 1999. In March 2002 she married Dwight Clary, in The County of Cherokee, State of Georgia, USA. They divorced in 2007 but remained companions and lived together years after. Dwight was her very special person.

Dorothy grew up in Cranberry Portage MB on a trapline in the middle of nowhere until she was 14. She only completed grade 4 of her education but excelled as an adult. Dorothy felt most comfortable pretending to be Davy Crockett with all her animal friends in the forest. She was very excited when her father Victor bought her, her very own coonskin fur hat just like Davy Crockett. Unlike the rest of her sisters, you would never find Dorothy inside as she was always outside on an adventure. After the age of 14 she left with her mother Lily to Alberta. Dorothy was a very hard and dedicated worker her entire life and her fondest employment was at the White Lunch Cafe in Calgary. Later in life she became an entrepreneur and had her own janitorial business.

Dorothy was an avid 5 pin bowler and won almost every pin. She had her masters as an instructor. In the 1980’s in The Pas MB, Dorothy belonged to the 5-pin bowling association and was in many leagues, mixed and ladies. She won many championships, President, 750 Triples, 700 Triples, 350 Singles and 300 Singles. She also won the Manitoba Provincial Championships in 1985-1986, and then went on to win the National Championships in Toronto. She was a poet/writer and won the International Poet of Merit award for her outstanding contribution to the art of poetry in Washington, DC in 2001. She has her poems copyrighted in Canada and recorded songs in Nashville, Tennessee with Paramount Group. Dorothy also wrote an autobiography called Free Spirit which sadly was not published yet.

Some of Dorothy's hobbies included firearms where she was a member of the Manitoba handgun association and loved going to the shooting range with John. She enjoyed crafts, woodworking, crocheting, fishing, camping, berry picking, baking, gardening, dancing, and playing her guitar.

Regardless of her achievements in life, her proudest moments were her children, grandchildrens and great grandchildren. Her granddaughter MiKasha was her only granddaughter, they shared a very special bond, and she was her pride and joy. She loved her to the moon and back. Her grandson Maxx was her handsome dude, she spent a lot of time taking him camping and fishing with Papa John. Maxx’s children (Dorothy’s great granddaughters) Lillianna and Kalmia were always excited to spend time with her dancing and smelling the flowers. Klhoe was greatly missed by her but was never forgotten. Little Maxx Jr, and Mira did get to spend some time with Dorothy near the end. Dorothy spent a lot of time with her grandson Louis (Popo), teaching him to dance and play the guitar. She gifted Louis her special guitar that was over 60 years old. She loved his very curly hair. She loved her grandsons Matthew and Maverick very deeply. She had loving memories with her great grandchildren Audrey (Punkie) and Maverick Jr.

Dorothy is survived by her children: Loretta Rudrum of Thompson MB, Linda Rudrum of Dauphin MB, Lawrence Rudrum of Ashville MB, Bonny Calvert of Calgary AB. Grandchildren: MiKasha McKenzie of Dauphin MB, Maxx (Maggie) McKenzie of Pine Creek MB, Louis Brazeau of Roblin MB, Matthew Young of Dauphin MB, Maverick (Kali) Buchannon of The Pas MB. Great Grandchildren: Lillanna McKenzie, Kalmia Chartrand, Khloe McKenzie, Maxx Jr McKenzie, Mira McKenzie, Audrey Buchannon, and Maverick Jr Buchannon. Dorothy also left behind daughter in Law Rosetta Dyck of The Pas MB, Son in law Russell (Lee) Buchannon, best friend Vera Drabik, Dwight Clary, home care worker and friend Paul Chartrand, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Victor and Lily (Hymers) Calvert. Her husband's Lawrence Rudrum and John Wildi. Her brother Frances John (Shirley) Calvert, sisters Margaret Huczel, Marlene (Ted) Wright. Nieces Katharine and Susan Huczel. Son in law Andrew Young and her favorite 4-legged companion Daisy May.

A small private family gathering was held Wednesday January 26th from 2-4 pm, at Pathways Funeral Home in Dauphin, MB. January 27th Dorothy was cremated in Minnedosa, MB. A private memorial took place Saturday January 29th in Dauphin MB, to celebrate Dorothy’s Life. Her ashes will be laid to rest in Duff SK, with her 1st husband Lawrence Rudrum, along with her Daisy May, sometime in the summertime in the Summer, as per Dorothy's wishes.

Honorary pallbearers were her daughter Linda, and grandchildren MiKasha, Maxx and Louis.

If friends so desire donations can be made on behalf of Dorothy Calvert to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba or The Canadian Liver Society.

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