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ELDER: Dorothy (Voisin) of Exeter

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On August 19, 2019 @ 5:58 PM In Exeter,Obituary | 27 Comments

ELDER: Dorothy (Voisin) of Exeter

Peacefully surrounded by family, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, on Monday, August 19, 2019 of Exeter at the age of 98. Beloved wife and best friend of the late Harold Elder (1997). Dorothy was a loving mother of Sheron Elder and David Gordon, Judith and Robert McCartney, John and Mary Elder, Scott Elder and Ling Chen, and Paul Elder and Sheila Jackson-Elder. She will be remembered with much love and admiration by her grandchildren: Kevin, Steven, Darren, Susanne, Krista, Rob, Jessica, Julian, Richard, Ryan, Kira, Jeffrey, Adam, and Samuel. She will also be remembered by her great-grandchildren: Justin, Tamsyn, Ashlynne, Matthew, Kailey, Geoffry, Darby, Daylen, Hillary, Aleicia, Christopher, Cole, Jacob, and Rachel. Dorothy also leaves behind eight great-great grandchildren: Lily, Brooke, Carson, Reegan, Faith, Ethan, Emmett, and Eila. Predeceased by her parents Matilda and Alex Voisin.

Dorothy was a role model and mentor for many young women. She was a farmer at heart but she was also an adventurer. Dorothy and Harold, both of whom had their pilot’s license, flew to all but 4 of the states in the continental United States, most of the Canadian provinces and to Nassau and Mexico. They flew to Tuktoyaktuk more then once! They both held positions with the Ontario Flying Farmers.

As a young woman, Dorothy was a mother’s helper and was a mid-wife and even delivered her baby sister! Although she was a private person, she loved to talk about all her experiences. She was quiet, witty and strong. She will be sadly missed by her family and many good friends.

Special thanks go to the wonderful staff at South Huron Hospital, and the Exeter Villa.

Cremation has taken place and a private family celebration of life will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or any charity of your choice. The family would love to hear any stories, memories or lessons learned from Dorothy or Harold. These will become part of a book of memories which is being developed.

Condolences for the family of “ELDER: Dorothy (Voisin) of Exeter”

Condolence from Teresa on August 19th, 2019 6:25 PM

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Remember all the good times.

Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Teresa, Joe, Heather, Sarah and Michael Hendriks

Condolence from Bronwyn Powell Wasse on August 19th, 2019 7:42 PM

Sending love… we know there are no words .

Condolence from Mike and Val on August 19th, 2019 10:32 PM

Paul, Sheila and family – We were so very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.; we are thinking of you at this sad time. Sincerely – Mike and Val Bendig

Condolence from Brad & Anne Mousseau on August 19th, 2019 11:47 PM

We send our sincere condolences to all Dorothy’s loved ones & friends in her passing. Cherish the memories of a life well lived.

Condolence from Evelyn Vincent on August 20th, 2019 7:59 AM

Sincere sympathy to Dorothy’s family. I always loved to visit with Dorothy. A very interesting lady who accomplished much.

Condolence from Murray Armstrong on August 20th, 2019 8:33 AM

Our condolences to all the Elder Family

Lori and Murray Armstrong

Condolence from Marion Taylor and Mariah Gilmar on August 20th, 2019 8:54 AM

We are thinking of the Elder Family with heartfelt sympathy, keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers, hugs and love Mariah and Marion

Condolence from Sue Riley on August 20th, 2019 10:15 AM

John, Paul and families. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Dorothy was an interesting lady to meet and talk with! Sue Riley

Condolence from JoAnne and Malcolm Knapman on August 20th, 2019 11:21 AM

Sincere sympathy to Sharen, Judith and John and families. The amazing hospitality we often enjoyed at the farm many many years ago is always remembered with great fondness. It was good that Mom got to visit Dorothy, her friend of 70+ years, recently. Take care.

Condolence from Janet Corbett on August 20th, 2019 4:13 PM

Our sincere sympathies to the Elder family. It’s no secret that she was a lady full of life! Thinking of you all at this time.

Jeff and Janet Corbett

Condolence from Justin Curtis and family on August 20th, 2019 4:21 PM

Our sincere condolences to the Elder family at this time, we are very sorry for your loss

Condolence from Tony/Marlene Bedard on August 20th, 2019 5:24 PM


Condolence from The Gold family on August 20th, 2019 7:48 PM

We are sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences. My prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Joyce Maas on August 20th, 2019 9:15 PM

Sheila, Paul and family
My sincere condolences, sorry for your loss.

Condolence from John & Arlene Berendsen on August 20th, 2019 10:36 PM

Sorry to hear of your loss…Thinking of you all at this time…John & Arlene Berendsen

Condolence from Linda & Jerry Traquair on August 21st, 2019 8:44 AM

It was always a pleasure to meet up with Dorothy, while out and about in the community. She was always such an upbeat lady. I had the pleasure of being one of her home sew-ers for a time, putting together a few ‘sets of sheers’ a week. Once, Dorothy invited me over to help ‘sort out’ a smocked dress for a great-grand daughter. I really enjoyed the visit… (such an accomplished seamstress). We hope that the memories of a life well-lived give you comfort.

Sincere Condolences

Jerry & Linda Traquair

Condolence from Ron O’Brien on August 21st, 2019 12:04 PM

Our deepest condolences at the loss of your mother. I will always have fond memories of Aunt Dorothy and hope you find comfort in yours. Thinking of you all ,
Ron & family

Condolence from C Bissonnette on August 21st, 2019 2:34 PM

My sincere condolences to you all. She was a wonderful, caring person who loved her family and was always there to help others. Very fond memories of a remarkable woman.

Condolence from Steve & Marguerite Elder (Ottawa) on August 21st, 2019 8:29 PM

From: Steve & Marguerite Elder (Ottawa)

To cousins Sheron, Judith, John, Scott & Paul …… Our sincerest sympathy to you and your individual families on your loss. She was Aunt Dorothy to us, and we fondly remember her as that unique and kind-hearted person who always greeted others with an engaging smile and a cheerful disposition. Although many years have passed, both she and Uncle Harold will always occupy a significant part of our best memories in life. May God bless.

Condolence from Erika King on August 21st, 2019 10:31 PM

It was an honour and a pleasure having Dorothy be part of our lives at Exeter Villa. Although more of a private personality, her love for life shon through her eyes as they sparkled when she spoke. Dorothy was a well respected and mist gracious lady who will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. Wishing the family many fond and warm memories.
On behalf myself and the staff and friends at the Villa.
Erika King

Condolence from Sexsmith Pilots Limited on August 22nd, 2019 8:10 AM

To all of the Elder family:
Sorry to learn of Dorothy’s passing. She was a remarkable woman , along with Harold as avid pilots flying to various spots in North America. Part of the reason why Airport Line got its name.

Condolence from Norma Khan on August 22nd, 2019 9:24 AM

Sharon and John and families. I’m sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My sincere sympathy. Norma

Condolence from Linda (Elder) & Terry Whittaker on August 22nd, 2019 9:30 AM

Aunt Dorothy touched so many lives. There are many memories and stories that bring a smile. She lived through some very interesting times. It is so sad to see this generation now only living in our hearts. May these memories of her give you comfort. Our thoughts are with you all.
Linda & Terry

Condolence from Joyce O’Brien on August 22nd, 2019 11:46 AM

So very sorry to hear of the passing of Bill’s Aunt Dorothy. I remember her coming to my house in Hensall when my mother and she made curtains for the trailers

Bill and Joyce O’Brien

Condolence from John Munn on August 23rd, 2019 8:41 AM

So very sorry to have just heard of Dorothy’s passing. Our sincere condolences to all of you.
May you all have many happy memories of a life well lived.
John & Sharon Munn

Condolence from Wayne Hamather on August 23rd, 2019 10:38 AM

My sincere sympathy to the Elder family,I was given the opportunity of fulfilling a life time dream of getting my pilots license and being able to purchase Harold and Dorothy,s plane C-GSSB,for this I am forever great full.
Dorthy,may you rest in peace.

Wayne Hamather

Condolence from Robin Marshall on August 23rd, 2019 9:46 PM

Aunt Dorothy will always hold a special
Place in my heart and I will miss our visits

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