June 1st,1932 … January 25th, 2019
“Life’s a journey, not a destination” and Lorna lived every day of her 86 years of life to its fullest.
Lorna was born on the 1st of June 1932 in Rolvenden, the County of Kent in England. Not long after the birth of her younger brother (John), father (William) and mother (Frances) moved to Horley, Surrey in England. During the German Blitzkrieg of London in the 1940’s (WW2) they moved to Bishop Auckland in northern England to safety. It wasn’t uncommon for the family to be awakened at night by the Blitz siren where they would scramble to the bomb shelter in their backyard for safety. Lorna attended the Mount School in Bishop Auckland where she obtained her Certificate of Education and from there went on to Durham Horticultural College to pursue her love of plants. To gain work experience Lorna traveled down to the south of England to a town called Letchworth as the war was now over. Letchworth’s claims that they are “The World’s first Garden City” and where better to gain experience in the field for Lorna. It was here that she became interested in Alpine Plants and in 1956 left England for Canada and a job in Brampton, Ontario Canada which in those days was known as “The Flower Town of Canada”. She also had a dream of seeing the Rockies and alpine plants, so she headed west on the train to work first at Emerald Lake (CP Hotel) for the summer and headed to Kelowna to teach at an all-boys school in the winter. Upon returning to Ontario the following year she met up with Robert Dodsworth a Window Glazier whom she had worked with at the greenhouses in Brampton the year prior. Lorna and Robert fell madly in love and decided to get married and start a family. After having two children (Cindy and Lynne) they decided to move back to England to be with Lorna’s family who now lived in Hamsterley and had a third child there (Janice). They quickly realized that the life they wanted to live wouldn’t be possible in England and headed back to Ontario Canada where they had their fourth and last child (Glen). Lorna was very proud and content to raise her four children in a small rural community with Robert, in a small rural community where they lived from 1965 onward. Lorna found great pleasure as did her husband in creating flower gardens around their country home that was second to none. Lorna worked part time for Canada Post delivering mail in the community she loved so much. In the winter of 1993 Lorna and Robert decided it was time to retire and find a place in Florida to spend their winters. They found such a place in a small town on the gulf coast called Punta Gorda. For 25 years Lorna loved her place on the canal where she grew magnificent flowers for everyone to enjoy. Growing beautiful flowers was one of several pleasures that Lorna had as she also loved to knit and kept her loved ones warm with sweaters, slippers and socks. Lorna welcomed with love and acceptance into her family the addition of son in-laws Ross and Randy and a daughter in-law Tanya. With 6 grandchildren (Taylor, Mark, Adam, Josh, Eric and Ashley) her legacy continues for generations to come. She also was a long-standing member of the Women’s Institute and enjoyed the fellowship of the wonderful members and doing good deeds for the community that she lived in. Lorna loved spending time with family and all her special friends. Lorna will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. There will be a Celebration of Life planned for the spring in her garden in the country when the spring flowers are in full bloom.
Rest in peace Lorna.