In Memory of

Dorothy

Edna

Gibson

(Wiig)

Obituary for Dorothy Edna Gibson (Wiig)

If you were fortunate enough to run into Dorothy in your daily travels and asked how she was, you would always be greeted with “top of the world.” This would be followed by sincere interest in your life and well being.

Above all, Dorothy was a true people person. All that mattered to her was to leave people’s lives a little bit brighter and happier, whether she previously knew you or not. In hearing of her loss, more than a few feel that they have lost their “biggest fan” and source of unconditional love and support. Her gift to the world and those around her, was that she made everyone feel noticed and special.

Dorothy started life in the prairies; born in Regina SK to Clifford and Margarita Wiig on March 8, 1935. She spent a happy childhood in Souris MB, along with her two older sisters Marge and Joyce. Life was full of adventure on the swinging bridge, music, rope swings over the river and friends.

She attended secretarial college and worked for the telephone company. She met and married Gerry Gibson in 1958 and they followed his career, welcoming a son, Grant in Regina SK and a daughter Wendy in Winnipeg MB. Along the way, she made great friendships that continue to today.

Many years were spent raising their family on Satok Terrace in Toronto. Dorothy created a loving and comfortable home for her family. Indeed family was everything to Dorothy and she was happiest when the family was gathered together in any kind of celebration.

She and Gerry were fortunate enough to travel extensively, sharing wonderful experiences around the world. Relaxation meant time at the cottage. Starting with Trooper Lake, then Barnham Lake and finally Pigeon Lake - barbeques, evening board games, fire pits and social time with family..

In retirement, they chose Vancouver Island for their next adventure. Beautiful friendships were made on the west coast. Mom was an active part of a reiki group as well as serving as president of toastmasters. They welcomed their family for long visits and loved having the grandchildren to their home “kazimingi” in the summer. So many memories of playing at the beach, spontaneous brickyard picnics, the tea house, swimming. Dorothy always made it so special with magical spaces made up for the kids, fancy teas in pretty cups, tents and hammocks.

In later life, Dorothy and Gerry moved to Fergus ON to be closer to family. Upon the passing of Gerry in 2022, Dorothy moved to Heritage River in Elora ON and enjoyed life with her beloved cat Doji. Doji was a huge part of her life along with her good friend and psw, Enza. Visiting family and brightening lives continued to be Dorothy’s passion. She celebrated Christmas with her extended family before deciding to see what was on the other side.

Dorothy leaves behind son Grant, his wife Judy and children Mason and Jakob. Daughter Wendy, her husband Glenn and daughters Charlotte and Olivia.

Sometimes friends say it best:

“A marvelous soul has left our world.”

“When Dorothy was in Nanoose still, just sitting beside her, you felt the world was a better place.”

“She made special occasions, or even ordinary ones, such fun, with treats and decorations, and always,
laughter.”

“Just the very very best lady that I have ever known. Our world has lost a bright light”

“She was so proud of her kids and grandkids, and our phone calls kept me up to date with what was going on in all of your lives. I will miss our chats!”

“I know she had no fear of leaving this world, she was so confident that we would all see each other again. I hope that is so!”


“One of a kind, spirited, fun. Loving, caring, fashion forward, family loving (and much more). I was honoured to call her friend and a true friend she has been. We shared many fun times with loud laughter…especially sharing in her spontaneous comic antics and adventures.”

“Dorothy you were kindness and joy itself and I’m so glad I got to meet you and to bask in some of that light.”

“One of the things I loved most about Dorothy was her ability to be completely herself in the moment…any moment. Her laugh was so real and from her belly for the world to hear.”