Dorothy Graham Skelly

SKELLY, Dorothy Graham “Dolly” died August 3, 2002 in Port Alberni, after a brief struggle with cancer.

She was born in Silverdale, Washington on February 7, 1920. Dolly was predeceased by her husband Robert Daniel Skelly, parents Catherine Clark Graham and John Wilson Graham, sister Mary Harbord, all of New Westminster, B.C. and brother John “Bud” Graham of Bellingham, Washington. She will be sadly missed by sister Isabella Graham (Bellingham), children Raymond (Redstone, BC), Robert (Port Alberni) Gail Petite (Sumner, Washington), Isabella Horton (Riverside, California), Graham (Port Alberni) Catherine (Port Alberni) and Patricia Williams (Edmonton). She was very proud of her 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Dolly will be remembered for her active involvement in public affairs and volunteer services in the communities where she lived: New Westminster, Victoria, Parksville and Port Alberni as well as for her love of music, dance, gardening and most of all children. The family would like to thank Drs. Saiger and Ferguson, the staff at West Coast General Hospital, the Community Health Service nurses and homemakers and the Hospice Society for their assistance and comfort.

A family memorial service will be held at Grace Hall in New Westminster at 3:00 pm on August 24, 2002.

“To laugh often and much; to win respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded”.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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