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Dorothy May Wight-Ireland (neé Marsh)

April 10, 1935 - August 28, 2022

Dorothy May Wight-Ireland (neé Marsh)


Dorothy May Wight-Ireland (neé Marsh) passed away on August 28, 2022, at Parkwood Institute in London, Ontario after a brief struggle with lymphoma. Her family and friends grieve her passing but are reassured by her faith in Jesus and the hope of eternal life.

Dorothy was born in Toronto and raised in Arkona. After a year of study at Western University, her professional and volunteer interests ranged widely. She promoted education, elected as Trustee for the Lambton School Board, participating in the Copyright Committee for the province. In 1984, she moved with her family to Northeastern Ontario. Concerned about local health initiatives, she served as an active member of the Temiskaming Hospital Board. Involved in church congregations throughout her life, she volunteered on the board of Haileybury Pentecostal Assembly. Dorothy contributed to the agricultural sector with her involvement in 4H and the Ontario sheep industry, working at Belle Vallee Wools. She also travelled around the province, teaching and sharing her presentation: “An Allegory in Wool.”

Dorothy valued family. She is survived by her husband, Howard Ireland, who she married in 2019. For almost 60 years, she was married to Ron Wight who predeceased her in 2015. Her children Ronald (Cindy), Dianne (Noel Scott), David (Connie Dancho), Marilyn (Noel Draper), and Gordon (Julie) have all been shaped by Dorothy’s love of learning and spirit of activism. She leaves a legacy of involvement, creativity, and hospitality for her grandchildren Jodie (Scott), Carly, Danielle (Chris), Abigail (Bruce), Breanna (Jason), Tammi, Joshua, Teresa (Jason), Alexander (Hannah), Jenna, Nathanael, Katrina (James), Stephen, Caleb, Nicole (Louis), Deanna (Kyle), and Timothy, as well as 17 great grandchildren. Dorothy is also survived by her sister Lynne Hopper (Bryon Wilkinson) and predeceased by her sister, Jeannie Pearson and brother, Tommy.

Memorial visitation is Thursday, September 1st 7:00-9:00pm at Stoney Creek Baptist Church, 2225 Highbury Avenue North, London. A private family interment will occur at Arkona Cemetery followed by a memorial service at Stoney Creek Baptist in London on Friday, September 2nd at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Across Border World Evangelism (ABWE) Canada, Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF), or Ark Aid Street Mission.

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It's hard to believe that Dorothy is now with the Lord. I remember having brunch with her and Howard the week before I left for North Africa this summer. The Irelands were a blessing during my year in Canada, often inviting me for meals, tea, or visits in their home. Dorothy showed such genuine interest in what God had done in my life and often shared stories of how she had seen Him work in her own life. Before I left, she gave me a gift, letting me know she would be praying for me every day I was gone. It sits next to my bed, reminding me to follow in her legacy as I pray each day.

~ Jessica Taylor

We send our deepest sympathies to the Wight family. Your mother loved the Fuller zoom re-unions we had. Thankful she knew Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. What a tremendous hope we have in Christ, knowing we will see our loved ones again. Tom & Marion

~ Tom & Marion Fuller

Ron, Diane, David, Gordon, Marilyn and families, we send your our deepest sympaties on the passing of Dorothy. I have fond memories of time spent around the kitchen table at the farmhouse in Brethour, your Mom always made a place for me. She was truly an amazing person.

~ Mark,Laurel,Eric and Ian Beardmore

Please accept our condolences on Dorothy's passing. Our prayers will continue for Howard and the extended family.

~ Dale and Nancy Drew

A donation has been made to Ark Aid Street Mission. Message from the donator: So sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. God Bless The Campbell's

~ Chris & Donna Campbell & Family

We have so many wonderful memories of Dorothy and Ron at Joli B camp and her wonderful wool presentations. May it bring some comfort to you all to know others are thinking and praying for you at this time. Deepest sympathy.

~ John and Ruth Beardsley

Dorothy was such a beautiful gifted Christian. I always admired her. Her faith in her Saviour was evident in her daily walk. As teen agers we spent many hours together. I recall Dorothy reciting the poem , "The Old Violin-The Touch of the Master's Hand" in a youth meeting. She recited with such expression and meaning and so elegantly that on many occasions when we were together I would ask her to recite it just for my pleasure. Dorothy was always interested in others and reached out to everyone to encourage uplift and to share Jesus in her loving and caring concern. My sympathy and prayers are for her husband Howard and her precious children and grandchildren. May the Lord be precious and you know His Peace and Comfort as you face the days ahead knowing that your precious wife and Mother is free from all suffering and pain. Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present age are not to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed .

~ Irene Zavitz

Dear Howard, Dianne,Marilyn,David,Gordon and Ron. It is with sadness that we express our sincere sympathy to you all and your families with Dorothy,s passing on to Glory. I treasure the caring, spirituality upbuilding friendship that we had with her over the years. She will be missed. Proverbs 31

~ Hennie and Ralph Moesker

To Dorothy's family and Howard, My heart was so sad when I heard of Dorothy's passing. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. You will remain in our prayers. Sincerely Fay and Don Johnson

~ Fay Johnson

To David and Marilyn and ALL of Dorothy's family. May the memory of your mom's kind and caring nature bring peace at this difficult time. Former neighbours... John and Jim Sercombe and Marian Kristensen (Sercombe)

~ Sercombe family

A woman who touched the lives of so many. So thankful for the life lived built on a foundation of faith, love, care and dedication. Truly Thankful for Aunt Dorothy ❤️

~ Heather (Gordon) Jennings

Services for Dorothy May Wight-Ireland (neé Marsh)

Memorial Visitation will be held at:
Stoney Creek Baptist Church
2225 Highbury Avenue North,
London, Ontario

September 1, 2022 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Memorial Service will be held at:
Stoney Creek Baptist Church
2225 Highbury Avenue North,
London, Ontario

September 2, 2022 1:30 pm

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Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF) Canada

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