DOROTHY MARGARET ANTRAM
DECEMBER 13, 1921 – MAY 21, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce that Dorothy Margaret Antram went to be with her Lord on May 21, 2021 at the North Bay Regional Health Centre. She was born in Limehouse, Ontario and became the beloved wife of the late Harold Sidney Antram for 67 years and mother of Gordon (Vangie), Carol (Jim) Curran and Richard - deceased (Jill). Jill Antram, daughter-in law, was her devoted care giver. Dorothy spent most of her life in North Bay,
She will be fondly remembered by grandchildren, Susan Wright, Brian and Ian Curran, Charles and Nancy Antram, Darryl Antram and Wendy Antram-Hines; 15 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her son Richard; parents, Bert and Mabel Johnson; sisters, Evelyn Burns, Marjory Johnson, Lillian Davis, Alice Stewart, Shirley Donnelly and brothers, Harold, Wilfred and Donald Johnson.
She retired after working over 25 years as a Nursing Assistant at the then North Bay Civic Hospital mainly in the Central Supply Room. She was taught to garden by her father before she was in her teens and became a lifetime member of the Callander and the North Bay Horticultural Societies. She continued to garden, finally on her balcony at Marina Point, and had her plants all ready, eagerly awaiting to put them outside in the warmer weather. She was a qualified Judge of flower arrangements and made many artfully styled creations gathered from her own cut flowers. Her finest achievement was a miniature perennial alpine garden in her backyard with tiny figurines which she found very hard to leave behind when she moved to Marina Point.
Then there was her cooking; pies (especially blueberry, her eldest son’s favourite), cakes, cookies (especially Christmas ones) and making jams, marmalade and canning all kinds of fruits in season.
She was a long-time member of the quilting group that has met at St. Brice's Anglican Church for many years and had worked 5 quilts this past season, the last being finished the day before she died. She also became an accomplished artist, gifting her paintings to family members as well as handcrafting cards, sometimes creating her own paper. Earlier she became quite expert in airbrushing ceramic greenware. She must have crocheted hundreds of white dish cloths over the years using them as a quiet way of thanking those who had done thoughtful things for her. Outdoor activities included downhill skiing and tent camping which finally graduated to travelling by motorhome in Canada and the United States.
She was a proud and faithful member of the Gateway Pentecostal Church for many years and was totally surprised and overjoyed by a wonderful 98th birthday celebration arranged in her honour.
The family is indebted to longtime friend Sharon Johnson, and more recently to Edna Witzke and Rocco and Angelina Venditti for bringing joy and fellowship to Dorothy's life. Thanks also to Leo Leveque who kept up a regular connection by phone over the years. Dorothy was a truly multi-talented and much-loved Christian woman who prayed daily for her family and friends and never wavered in her faith. A good and faithful servant right up to the end.
The family will be receiving visitors at HILLSIDE FUNERAL SERVICES in North Bay on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 between the hours of 1 until 3 pm. A private family service will follow at 3pm. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions attendance is by scheduled appointment only and the total number of attendees is limited. Please contact the funeral home to RVSP your attendance. If you wish to view the service using Zoom, please send your email address to the funeral home at email@example.com. and follow their instructions. Donations to the North Bay General Hospital Foundation or the Gateway Pentecostal Church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
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