Dorothy Dewan (formerly: Dorothy Isabel Gray Canova), age 78, passed away peacefully this morning at 5:10am, at the home of her daughter, Susan Kessler Canova, in Orem , Utah .
Dorothy is survived by her brothers Ronald Gray and Howard Gray and her sisters Gloria Gray Emery and Kathryn Gray Shackleford, and her husband Carl Dewan, and her former husband George Canova, and her five children: David Canova, Steven Canova, Susan Canova Kessler, Paul Canova and Kathryn Canova Greaves, plus 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Dorothy’s passing comes with mixed emotions, since her “quality of life” has slowly deteriorated during these past few years as a result of her battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Dorothy has been convalescing in the home of her daughter Susan and her family in Orem , Utah , for the past 4 months. This has allowed her to be closer to the rest of her children, most of who live in Utah . Also noteworthy is that Susan’s home is in the same town where Dorothy was also raised as a child, the oldest of 5 children, and where she graduated from high school and where she continued to live as a young adult until she was married. Dorothy’s parents, Francis and MaryEllen Gray also spent most of their remaining years in Orem as well, so in a real sense, Dorothy had truly come back “Home”.
Dorothy was genuinely happy to be near many of the people she has loved most of her life, especially with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extend family.
During these past few months, Dorothy’s health care was also supplemented with regular visits by home health care and hospice care nurses and other health care professionals.
We are all very indebted to Susan and her family for taking on the monumental and emotionally charged responsibility of caring for our Mother in her home during these final few months of her life.
VIEWING: Friday, August 8, 2008 7:00 – 9:00 PM LOCATION: LDS Church , 400 South 600 West, Orem , Utah
FUNERAL: Saturday, August 8, 2008 10:00 AM LOCATION: LDS Church , 400 South 600 West, Orem , Utah
INTERNMENT: Beaver City Cemetery , Beaver, Utah
GRAVE-SIDE SERVICES: About 3:30 PM
Dorothy’s grandparents, parents, and many of her other relative’s grave sites are located in the Beaver City Cemetery . It was Dorothy’s wish to be buried near her parents.
ITINERARY: On Saturday morning, a private viewing for immediate family will precede the actual funeral service, about one hour before. (9:00 AM)
Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 AM and is expected to last about 90 minutes. All relatives and family friends are invited.
Immediately following the funeral services, a luncheon will be provided by members of the Relief Society of Susan’s Ward there at the chapel for family and friends and especially for those who will be traveling about 2 ½ to 3-hours down I-15 to Beaver, Utah to attend the grave-side services at 3:30 PM.
For those who plan on traveling from Orem to Beaver, you should plan on leaving the Orem Chapel by 12:30 PM or no later than 1:00 PM in order to arrive on time for the grave-side services at 3:30pm.
Those desiring to send flowers and / or condolences, please send them to Susan’s home, since she lives only a couple of blocks from the chapel where the funeral services will be held.
Because of the summer heat, please do not have flowers delivered before the viewing date on Friday, August 8th, as they will wilt fast in this heat. Local family members will make sure that all flowers are taken to the funeral service, and then transported to the grave site at the Beaver City Cemetery .