Dorothy Katherine Frey

27/05/1923 - 16/07/2023


Obituary For Dorothy Katherine Frey

May 27, 1923 - July 16, 2023

We are immensely saddened to announce that Dorothy Katherine Frey passed away peacefully at Prairie Lake Seniors Community on Sunday July 16, 2023 at the age of 100. She is now at rest in the arms of her Lord and Saviour.

Dorothy was born Dorothy Katherine Miller in Primate, Saskatchewan on May 27th 1923. She spent her early years in Saskatchewan where she met her husband-to-be Jacob (Jack) Frey. They were married on October 23rd 1945. They spent their first years in Saskatchewan and after their third child was born, they moved to Alberta. They settled in Whitelaw, Alberta where they raised their 13 children. Dorothy was a stay-at-home mother as 13 children obviously kept her very busy. She spent most of her days cooking, baking, cleaning, washing clothes and doing all the things that 13 rambunctious children would require. She supported her children in whatever endeavors they pursued, which consumed any possible free time she had. Through it all she stuck to her values and lived a dedicated Christian life. She, along with her husband Jack, instilled strong Christian values in all her children. Once the children got older, together Dorothy and Jack spent their time golfing, travelling and entertaining family and friends. She loved a good card game and they both loved visiting. The children are spread across Canada and they often travelled to visit them. When she was at home, seldom was she not cooking or baking for family or friends. The last 15 years or so she slowed down as she lost her sight due to macular degenerative disease. Even though she was legally blind, she still had a great outlook on life. She had a wicked sense of humor, sometimes without even knowing it. She will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends.

Dorothy is survived by her 13 children: Shirley (Peter) Bakker, Agnes (Ray) Valiquette, Isabelle Thorson (Les Campbell), Marlene (Jim) Begg, Yvonne (Bruce) Schuster, Russ (Lilly), Leo (Connie), Theresa Frey, Marcel (Lois), Leann (Daniel) Caron, Jeanette (Dale) Wardill,

Jackie (Wayne) Villeneuve, Lionel. She also had 26 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister Anna (Anne) Miller and brothers Adam and Frank Miller.

Dorothy was pre-deceased by her husband Jack, her parents Gabriel and Annie Miller, sisters Madeline, Betty, Katherine and Josephine and brothers Jack and John, grandsons Jason Thorson and Derek Frey, great grandsons Jonah and Joshua Hamelin and sons-in-law Leonard Thorson and Rick Hammerschmidt.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 29th at 10:00 am at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 10404 - 102 St. Grande Prairie, AB. Lunch will follow the service. Dorothy will be cremated and along with her husband Jack, at their request, will be laid to rest at the Whitelaw Cemetery on July 30th.

The family would like to thank the staff at Prairie Lake Senior Community and The Gardens for the care she received in her last years.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church at 10404 102 St., Grande Prairie, AB. T8V 2W3

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742

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  • 04/08/2023

    It saddened our hearts to hear of Dorothy's passing, and yet we were filled with a joyful peace that she is now at home with her God and others she so dearly loved. We missed the Dorothy's final farewell as we were away. But please know that Dorothy was a special light in our lives as well, and that our thoughts & prayers have been with each of you throughout this time. With Love & Hugs - Gordon & Colleen Ford

  • 23/07/2023

    To All 13 Frey Children: When Dennis ran the elevator in Whitelaw your parents were kind enough to take us young folks under their wings. A friendship developed that lasted through many years. About the time they moved to the City of Grande Prairie we moved back home to the County. We copied two of your names for our kids, Russel & Teresa. For a number of years Jack & Dorothy would come to the farm in the spring for a bison tour. Your folks were both special people we got lucky enough to have in our world. Thanks for sharing them. Our sympathy for the loss of your mom. Dennis & Linda Johnson

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  • 20/07/2023

    Our sincere condolences to the family. Keep your memories close to your heart as your Mom/grandmother was an awesome lady.

  • 19/07/2023

    Sending my deepest sympathy to all of your family along with love and hugs. So glad you were able to celebrate her 100th birthday together in May. She is together with her sweetheart again. ♥️♥️

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