Dorothea Lemon of Burlington passed away peacefully on June 29, 2019. Predeceased by her loving husband Wilfred (2000), son Donald (2002) and great-granddaughter Lillian Thoem (2012). Survived by children Ruth Thoem (Peter), Marilyn Lemon (Gordon Roe) and Gordon Lemon (Kelly); grandchildren Christi Marks (Trevor), Graham Thoem (Jess), James Thoem, Käthe Lemon (Tyler Hellard), Sarah Lemon, Nicholas Lemon and Jordan Jackson (Kyle); and great-grandchildren Colin, Owen and Ryan Marks; Remy and Lucian Thoem; Sam, Norrie and Thea Hellard and Brennan, Ari and Tessa Jackson.
Dorothea lived most of her life in Woodstock, where she was born the third daughter of Dr. Jim and Annie Jupp, and where she raised her family. She was an active community member in many local organizations over the years including the I.O.D.E., the Woodstock Curling Club, the Woodstock Lawn Bowling Club and Knox Presbyterian Church. Dorothea graduated from the University of Toronto in 1942 and worked for a few years as an occupational therapist at the Hamilton Sanatorium before returning to Woodstock to work for her family's business, the New Commercial Hotel, where she met Wilf. The couple was married in 1948 and enjoyed many hobbies together including travelling to Florida, gardening, quilting, raising bulldogs and propagating orchids. She was an avid reader and knitter and a devoted mother and grandmother. When they were grown, her children and grandchildren rarely left her house without a tin of cookies tucked under an arm. Her quiet pragmatism and willingness to learn about the changes taking place in the world around her over her long life will be greatly missed by her loving family and all who knew her.
Dorothea spent her final years in the Martha's Landing retirement residence in Burlington and her family would like to thank the staff for their years of care. A private family memorial has been held. In lieu of donations or flowers, her family asks that the next time you think of Dorothea, please take that chance to say an extra kind word to the next person you meet or do something special for no other reason than that she would have if she were with us still.