Dorothy Rachel Mary (Smith) Paterson

Dorothy Rachel Mary (Smith) Paterson, 100, passed away peacefully at home with family at her side. She was born on August 15, 1912 to John William and Ethel (Wiper) Smith. A few years later they were blessed with another daughter, Merle Western.

Dorothy (Dolly) graduated from Victoria College in British Columbia, Canada in 1934 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. In 1943 Dolly joined the Women’s Royal Canadian Navy Service (Wren) and served as a map plotter for two years. In June of 1947 she married Ian Cunningham Paterson and they adopted two children, son Robin and daughter Shelley. Dolly worked as a part-time high school teacher while raising their children.

The family moved from Drummondville, Quebec to Framingham, MA., in 1966. Shortly after her divorce in 1971 Dolly started working at the Framingham Public Library until she retired in 1982 and moved to Englewood, FL. Dolly never met a stranger and incorporated many friends into her family. She loved to read and travel with her sister and close friends, usually ocean cruises which she had a special fondness for.

In 2003 due to health reasons, Dolly moved to the Rogue Valley to be closer to her children.

Dolly was a woman of strong faith and loved God with all her heart. She was kind, loving and generous, but when you that saw twinkle or mama look, watch out because laughter or a loving reprimand would soon follow.

Dolly leaves behind her sister Merle Western Smith (96) of West Vancouver, B. C., her son Robin Cunningham (Kathy) Paterson of Eagle Point, son in law Daniel H. (Christina) Bailey of Medford, five grandchildren, Gabriel Ian (Lisa) Paterson of Boyleston, MA., Corey Michael Paterson of Eagle Point, Rachel Jean Ann Paterson (Jason) Rullamas of Grants Pass, Devon D. Bailey of Portland, Audrey M. Paterson of Shady Cove. Dolly had ten great grandchildren, Alyssa, Sara, Shayla, Bailey, Austin, Trenton, Jordan, Mariah, David and Joe. She also leaves behind many extended family and dear friends in Canada, Massachussettes, Florida and Oregon. Dolly was preceded in death by her daughter Shelly P. Bailey of Medford in February 2009 and a granddaughter, Larisa M. Bailey of Klamath Falls, January 2013. Dolly was blessed to have in her past years, Liz Vigil, who was not only her caregiver, but a dear and loving friend. Mom lived a long and wonderful life and filled it with many awesome memories and we will miss her so very much. A memorial service will be held on April 20, beginning at 11 a. m. at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on 5th and Oakdale in Medford. Arrangements were by Conger Morris. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the St. Marks food pantry (541) 773-3111.


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