DOROTHY THOEN (nee Kneeland)

DOROTHY THOEN (nee Kneeland)



1930 – 2015

A life well lived is now lovingly remembered.

Dorothy Alice Thoen (nee Kneeland) was born October 19, 1930, the 10th and last surviving child of George and Agnes Kneeland, and passed away August 23rd, 2015. Dorothy grew up near Halkirk, AB, and moved to Langley, BC, with her parents in 1946. She trained as a psychiatric nurse, and moved with her first husband, Lou, to Kamloops in 1961. Dorothy began a successful career at Tranquille, attaining the position of Associate Director of Nursing, and retired in 1985. Lou died tragically in 1961, less than a year after they were married. In December, 1968, Dorothy married Leonard Thoen. Dorothy and Len were very active in the Sons of Norway where Dorothy held many positions, both locally and internationally. They spent many happy years together until Len’s passing in 2006. Dorothy is survived by her loving birth daughter Marilyn Belyea (reconnected 2008), son-in-law Brian, grandchildren Scott and Carolyn (Brad Hornland), great grandchildren Caiden, Natalie and Jackson, and many nieces and nephews in Alberta, British Columbia and Norway. The family would like to thank her dear friends Maxine McDonald, Alan Williams and Gladys Hartnell, who have cared for her devotedly over her last decade, as well as the staff at Ridgeview, who provided excellent care in her final years. A Celebration of Life for Dorothy was held at the Cottonwood Manor, Oak Room on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Boys & Girls Club, or to the Leonard and Dorothy Thoen Heritage Bursary sent to TRU Foundation 900 McGill Road, Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8

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