Dorothy HEDSTROM

HEDSTROM, Dorothy Ruth “Peep” 1921-2005


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mum. She died in Victoria Dec. 14th at the home of her daughter Lynne Hedstrom – McAuley, surrounded by her family’s love. Ruth was born in Hope, B.C. Oct. 20, 1921. She was the daughter of Allison and Bill Bradley, long time residents of Hope. She married Bud Hedstrom, another long time family in Hope. They moved to Victoria in 1943, where Bud was the area Bridge Foreman for the B.C. government. They had 2 daughters, Lynne Hedstrom-McAuley and Donna Carlow. She has 5 grandchildren; Allison (Dwight) Hornick, Lisa (Gerald) Kerster, Danelle (Mike) Woodward, Jennifer (Gord) Price, Kurt (Janice) Carlow, 4 great grandchildren; Jane, Andrew, Jonathon & Ian. In 1973 they moved back to Hope where once again they took up residence building a cabin in Sunshine Valley. She loved the valley and made many wonderful friends there and in Hope. Ruth’s great love of nature made her a unique soul, for she could see the beauty in life and lived it to the fullest. She loved the forest, the birds, flowers, small creatures and large. She especially loved the bears, and that wonderful beaver dam across the road. She was an accomplished artist and in 2000 she wrote & illustrated a wonderful book of poems about what she saw and felt on her many walks in the surrounding areas. Ruth ran the weather station for the Hope slide from 1974 until she retired October 2005. She was predeceased by her mother Allison, father Bill, brother Ken, sister Grace, and her husband Bud. She leaves to mourn her sister Jean McFarlane, brother- in-law Keith; many nieces & nephews, one very special niece Diane Moon; her dearest and oldest friends Mary & Alan Steeves, Hope, B.C.; her many, many friends in Hope and Sunshine Valley; and of course her family, who loved her without saying. A tea to celebrate Ruth’s wonderful life will be held Jan. 14, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. @ the Hope Curling Rink hall. Anyone wishing to donate in Ruth’s name may do so to the charity of their choice or the Wild Life Society of B.C. Words from her book: “I must go, but to return another day to enjoy the complicated essence of nature.”