18/06/1935 - 08/12/2020
Obituary For Dorothy Clegg
Dorothy Clegg (nee Moss), longtime resident of Fairview, AB passed away on December 8, 2020 at the age of 85 years. Dorothy was born at home in Golden Meadow, AB on June 18, 1935 to Oliver and Margaret (Peggy) Moss. Peggy died in December 1937 when Dorothy was two and a half, she stayed briefly with friends and family until her “Mom” (her Auntie Elizabeth Snideman who was her Dad’s eldest sister) took her home to Cluny where she lived and went to elementary and junior high school. Dorothy moved to Tisdale, Saskatchewan for grades 10 and 11 and then moved to Fairview where she graduated from High School. Dorothy lived with the Anthony Family while going to High School – they were like family and have been very special life long friends.
Dorothy was forever grateful for her happy childhood and for the life learnings from her mom. In her journaling, Dorothy wrote: “My mom was my everything”.
After graduating high school, Dorothy worked at the Royal Bank until her marriage. Dorothy worked various retail jobs before landing at the CIBC where she worked until her retirement.
In 1956, Dorothy married Glen Clegg and they moved to the family farm where they lived, worked and raised their family. Despite being a town girl, Dorothy soon had the farm life down pat and took pride in caring for her greatest loves; her home and family. These were busy but happy times. Dorothy and Glen had good friends with whom they socialized, were active in the community, the church and minor hockey. Dorothy was an avid quilter and a perfectionist – her work is beautiful. Dorothy was very supportive of Glen’s career in local and then provincial politics. Political life kept Glen and Dorothy busy until their retirement.
After retirement, Glen and Dorothy spent their winters in Mexico where they enjoyed each other, a new culture and many many amazing friends (their Mexico Family). Thank you to those special friends for making Glen and Dorothy’s time in Mexico so wonderful.
Dorothy is survived by her 5 children; Carol (Dale) Richardson, Glenda Forster, Bruce (Jodi) Clegg, Greg (Janis) Clegg, David (Sandra) Clegg, 18 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, her brother, Roy Moss, sister-in-law Iris (Denis) Williams of Victoria, BC and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was predeceased by Glen in May 2016 and not a day went by that she did not miss him. As Dorothy’s granddaughter recently posted, “I like to think they are together again”.
Covid has been particularly hard on our seniors. Dorothy lived at Lakeview in Clairmont for two and a half years before coming “home” to family where she spent her final month being loved and cared for. Dorothy was very grateful for the 8 nurses in the family and the “honorary’ nurses who cared for her until her peaceful passing on Dec. 8, 2020.
The family wishes to thank the staff and residents at Lakeview for welcoming Dorothy into their Lakeview family and making her time there special.
Due to Covid restrictions, a small graveside service will take place on Dec. 15, 2020 at the Waterhole Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Moving Mountains for Mighty Max (a young Fairview boy who needs our love and financial support to get much needed medical treatment) or the Fairview Hospital Palliative Care Unit.
“Those we love don’t walk away, they walk beside us everyday”.
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What is a funeral?
A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.
What type of service should I have?
If no pre-arrangements have been made, the type of service is entirely up to you. Services are usually held at a funeral home, community hall, or a place of worship. There is a wealth of different services, ranging from a traditional religious or military service to something a little more non-traditional. Our funeral directors are more than happy to work with you to figure out what would be the most appropriate.
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What if a death occurs away from my home town?
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What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?
Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body; it also slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by traumatic death or illness. Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows the family the option of having an open-casket viewing.
What do I do if I am not satisfied with the way a funeral was handled?
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How much does a funeral cost?
The cost of the funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$7,000, however, it varies greatly depending on the kind of service you desire. In general, cremation tends to cost less than burial. The costs include professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of a facility for the ceremony, and the purchase of a casket or urn.
Can I personalize a funeral?
Of course you can, in fact, more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honour your wishes.
Do we need to have an obituary notice and what is included in one?
It is highly recommended to have an obituary notice that’s either placed in a local newspaper or placed online. An obituary lets the public know that a death has occurred, and gives them information about the service. Obituaries generally include the deceased’s full name, age, city, and date of birth and the city they were living in when they died. It also includes the name of the deceased’s spouse, along with the names of anyone else significant in their lives, such as parents, children or grandchildren. Space may be limited in a newspaper obituary, but you may include a little blurb on the life and legacy of the deceased. An online obituary or memorial website offers you the chance to add a lot more about the deceased.
What happens if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
We are here to help, funeral directors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
Do I need to have an embalming
No, embalming is often an unnecessary expense, even if a viewing is desired. There are times when we would recommend embalming, especially if there is an extended gap between death and burial or cremation.
Why are funerals so expensive?
Funerals are labor intensive and require a lot of work from a lot of people. The cost of a funeral goes beyond merchandise such as caskets, it includes the services of a funeral director in making the necessary arrangements, filling out forms, and dealing with all the other people involved in the death (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies). Funeral directors work an average of 40 hours per funeral. The cost of operating a funeral home is factored into the cost as well. Funeral homes are a 24 hour operation, with extensive facilities that need to be maintained and secured.