Dorothy Mae Hart passed away peacefully on Wednesday July 20, 2022 in her 94th year. She is survived by her five children, Donna Hart Arcangeli (Giuseppe Arcangeli) of Montecarlo, Italy; Karen Hart Culbertson (Stephen Culbertson) of Davidson, North Carolina; Randy Hart of Hastings, Ontario; Sandra Hart of Pickering, Ontario; and Wendy Hart Penner (Donald Penner) of Vernon, British Columbia; and three siblings Evelyn Suey, Gail Pitt and Albert Morris; as well as eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Born on September 22, 1928 during the Great Depression and raised in the prairie village of Paynton, Saskatchewan, Mae was the sixth of thirteen children of the late Louis and Rachel (née Barry) Morris. In her mid-teens, Mae left Paynton for Saskatoon, where she studied hair-dressing. Always outgoing and adventurous, she met her future husband on a city ice-skating rink. Al, a young returning RCAF veteran of the European theatre was completing high school credits prior to pursuing a university degree. They were married in 1947 while Al was still in school. Their marriage would last six and a half decades; a partnership worthy of a congratulatory message from the Queen on their 60th anniversary.
With Al’s engineering degree and a job offer with Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL) in hand, Mae and Al and their first child, Donna, left Saskatchewan to make the family’s first big move to Deep River, Ontario. Over the next thirty years Mae had her hands full with the arrival of four more children and six subsequent new postings before Al’s 1981 retirement. The empty nest didn’t slow them down much, with friends and family to visit in Canada, England, the US and Italy, there was always a “plan” in the making.
Mae had loved going to school in her youth, and regularly sought out experiences in which she could learn. She was always up for the challenge of a new place to live and new friends to make. She loved to laugh, to tease, and to bring the family together for gatherings, good food and good stories. She encouraged her children to embrace different challenges -- especially travel -- saying “the world is your classroom.” Mae and Al’s first thought was always in caring and providing for the family. Together they sought to instill in their children good common sense, an understanding of the value of hard work and the joy of loyalty to family -- all taught with a firm hand, humour and dedication.
The family is forever in debt to our sister Sandra for her tireless support, constant and unfailing care, companionship and supreme advocacy for our mother during these last difficult years as Mae’s life slipped into the depths of Dementia. There are no words to express our appreciation for the immensity of Sandra’s gift to all of us.
A private cremation (specifically, aquamation) has taken place and her ashes will be interred during the early autumn of 2022 in the Humboldt Public Cemetery, alongside her husband, Albert Edward Hart.
If so desired, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Condolences may be made online at www.newcastlefuneralhome.com