It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Dorothy Myrtle Morrow on March 18, 2020 at 92 years of age. Dorothy was born October 27, 1927 to Archie and Violet McDonald at their home farm in the Silver Stream District, Sk. She and her two older brothers, Elton and John, were raised during the depression.
Dorothy went to Ditton Park School for grades 1 -10 travelling by bicycle, riding or driving a horse. She completed grades 11 and 12 at the Tisdale High School. Dorothy was the first child in her district to attend university, graduating from the College of Pharmacy, University of Saskatchewan in 1950. She always felt fortunate that her parents were able to afford to send her to university and encouraged her in her career. Her apprenticeship was done at drug stores in Tisdale and Melfort. In 1969, Dorothy returned to her pharmacy career working at Nipawin Pharmacy, Nipawin Union Hospital, Davis Rexall Drugs and Harpers Pharmacy, retiring in 1996. She thoroughly enjoyed her career as a pharmacist. Through it, she met a host of people in the Nipawin District who she always loved to stop and visit with. She was always keen to encourage youth, particularly young women, to pursue more education and she volunteered to improve the school system where she could.
Dorothy married Allen Morrow in 1950. They were blessed with five children. She was always the happiest when her family was together and the larger her family became the brighter her eyes shone. In 1966 the family moved to a farm by the “Old Nipawin Bridge” where many good memories were made by family and countless friends. The family’s dogs, cats and horses, particularly the Appaloosa’s, gave her much joy. After Al’s death in 1969, Dorothy chose to remain on the farm providing for her children with strength, courage, wisdom and an unending love. In the fall of 2007, Dorothy moved into a condo in Nipawin. She missed seeing the deer in the yard (though they ate from the fruit trees in her orchard), the abundance of wild flowers, hearing the wind in the trees and the peace of living in the country. While living at the condo her health care increasingly required assistance from Nipawin Home Care. She enjoyed the friendships she made with the Home Care workers who provided care and brightened her days with their conversation. March 2019 Dorothy moved to Smeaton Care Home residing there until she went into the Nipawin Hospital late January 2020.
In 1970, Dorothy renewed a friendship with Bob Johnston from Tisdale. They put on countless miles travelling between Nipawin and Tisdale to visit one another for the next 32 years. They shared in the joys of grand parenting providing wisdom, laughs and memories galore.
The Nipawin United Church was a huge part of Dorothy’s life. She served in a wide variety of roles including representing the church regionally and provincially. Her faith in God was deep, showing in her concern for people throughout the world and giving her comfort during challenging times. She served on the Nipawin Credit Union Board of Directors and the Nipawin School Division Board. Those whom she worked with appreciated her patience and understanding, her frank and open concern for children, her good common sense and her forth right approach to problems. As her health failed and she became more confined, she missed trips to the grocery store and post office where she had always enjoyed visiting with a wide range of folks. She had an innate ability to show people she cared as they told her about themselves, their friends, family, and career or discussed local and worldly issues.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Al in 1969, her daughter Janice in 1976, her parents, brothers, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
She leaves to live on for her, her children Archie Morrow (Bev), Sandra Pratt (John Wach), Lyle Morrow (Teresa) and Connie Morrow; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; son-in-law Bob Herman; Bob Johnston’s sister Donnie Ross and many nieces and nephews.