Dorothy Barbra Spiller

Dorothy Barbra Spiller (nee Trail)

June 18,1921-July 6, 2013

It is with great sadness we announce our beloved Mother (of 4), Grandmother (of 13), Great Grandmother (of 16), Great-Great Grandmother (of 1), Aunt, & friend to many, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of July 6, 2013 at

Acropolis Manor in Prince Rupert at the age of 92.

She had recently enjoyed many extra visits, hugs & love.

Predeceased by her sister Cecilia, her husband & nephew

Christopher in June 1974, killed in a plane crash.

A passionate writer her entire life, she enjoyed many published works of poetry & short stories after her retirement from a long career with the Federal Government for Indian Affairs. Born in Calgary, Alberta, her family moved when she was a small child to Vancouver, BC & that is where she met her future

sister-in-law Joy, in a writing class & introduced her to her brother Roderick Trail (passed away April 5, 1997) who

quickly married her! It is also where she met her husband, Fredrick Spiller, who fathered her five boys, the fifth who died during childbirth due to placenta previa.

She was predeceased by Fred in 1983. They eventually moved to Port Edward, Shearwater then settled in Rupert where her boys went to school & grew up. She worked for Indian Affairs there & eventually in Terrace where she retired & began her planned move to Tow Hill Rd, Masset on Haida Gwaii. She

enjoyed around 20 yrs there writing, beach combing &

attending St Paul’s Anglican Church before moving back to Prince Rupert in 2006.

She will be deeply missed by her family & friends. We would like to thank the staff at Acropolis for their care the past few years.

Everyone who knew her is invited to please attend a service in memory of Dorothy at Cathedral Church of St Andrew,

Anglican Church, 200 4th Ave West, Prince Rupert on Friday July 12 at 3PM, reception to follow.

We have decided to let her ashes blow in the wind & back to the earth at “her” beach on Haida Gwaii at a later date. In lieu of a headstone at the graveyard, we will enjoy a brick at memorial park on the wall for “Those who lived by and loved the sea”.


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