Dorothy Hearn (nee Smith)

Dorothy Hearn (nee Smith)

Mar 25, 1923 – Mar 22, 2018
Our adventurous mother passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday March 22, 2018. She went peacefully on her own terms. She would have been 95 in just three more days.

She was born on March 25, 1923 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. She grew up mainly in Edinburgh, Scotland with her three siblings. She graduated from the first physiotherapy class at the Royal Edinburgh Infirmary in 1940 and then went to work in Dundee and Kirkaldy in Scotland.

She bravely ventured to Canada in 1957 with her Australian friends on what was supposed to be the start of her world tour. After working briefly in Toronto and then Vancouver, she found work in the Kootenays. She started playing badminton in Nelson where Eddie hit her on the head with a badminton bird in January and they were married in May. With Eddie’s two young children Christine and Ron she embarked on family life; David and Lorna quickly followed. Dorothy continued to work as a physio while raising a family. She was a lifelong learner, taking courses, going on birding and geology hikes.

She also immersed herself in the community of Salmo, from Guiding, Scouting, and playing badminton, West Kootenay Naturalists, Salmo Memorial Community Church, singing with various choir groups (including Glacier Harmony), and her most beloved Salmo Public Library, where the new wing is named after her. In 2012 she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her years of volunteer service.

With Eddie she travelled extensively back to Great Britain, south to Arizona, to Vancouver to see Christine and Erik, and often to Winnipeg to visit Lorna and family. Their Masonic jaunts took them to all corners of British Columbia and the Yukon, as well as other places around the world.

Mom mentored many with her good humour and optimism through the years. She is survived by her children Christine (Erik Tofsrud), Ron, David and Lorna (Bob McLarty), as well as granddaughters Jillian, Kathleen, Emma, and Lizzie, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Eddie and grandson Andrew, sister Sheila Baird, and her brothers Robert and Alan. She was the last of her generation.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday March 29, 2018 at the Salmo Valley Youth and Community Centre (206 7th Street, Salmo, BC). Gwen Ziprick of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence by visiting the family’s register at

We would like to thank Dr. Innes and the entire staff at the Trail Regional Hospital for excellent care of our mother.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Salmo Public Library (PO Box 458 Salmo, BC V0G 1Z0).
 Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services

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