Dorothy Tait, a resident of Williamsburg for the past 38 years, passed away suddenly at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Thurs., March 31, 2011. She was 80.
She was born in Oakland County, Michigan on Sept. 29, 1930, to parents Hugh and May Cummings (nee McKnight). At six months of age, her family moved to the Uxbridge area. Dorothy married Bill Tait on Nov. 25, 1950, and together they had three daughters: Lynne, Cathy, and Clara.
In June of 1973, they bought a farm in Williamsburg. They moved their family there, and she and Bill dairy farmed for 24 years. Upon retirement, they enjoyed their travels across Canada and parts of the United States. They also enjoyed their trailer on McGowan Lake where Dorothy enjoyed fishing and camping with her family. She especially enjoyed teaching her grandchildren the thrill of catching the “big one.” Dorothy also loved a good game of cards, reading, and working in her flower beds. Dorothy and Bill belonged to four Old Time Fiddler clubs in the area, where they made many life-long friends.
On Nov. 25, 2011, Dorothy and Bill celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary amidst family and friends.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Bill her daughters, Lynne (Graham) Casselman of RR#1 Williamsburg, Cathy (Philip) Tupper of RR#2 Williamsburg, and Clara Erdman (Blair Cooper) of Orleans, her sister, Rena Hudson of Uxbridge, her grandchildren, Adele, James, Wendy, Adam, Chad, Leslie, Courtney, Ryan, Christian, and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by sisters Isabel Turner and Doris Tait. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Sun., April 3 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Mon., April 4 at 11 am with Rev. Christine Lowson officiating, followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were James Garlough, Chad Garlough, Christian Cooper, Adam Erdman, Mike Reynolds, and Ryan Casselman. The honourary pallbearers were granddaughters Courtney Garlough, Leslie Erdman, Adele Cowan, and Wendy Casselman.
Donations to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family.