Dorothy Beatrice Carswell


Suddenly, but peacefully, our amazing Mom, Dorothy Carswell (nee Briscoe) returned to God’s grace at the Edmonton General Palliative Care Unit Sunday, January 4, 2015. Dorothy was 82 years old, beloved wife of Harold (deceased).

Survived by brothers Danny (Maryjane) and Rod, Dorothy is also lovingly remembered by daughter Louann (Kevin); sons Chris (Laurie), Donnie (Sheila), Michael and Wade (Mary); stepdaughters Heather and Carole; along with stepson Andy. Predeceased by her loving grandson, Bobby, Mom was also a very proud grandma to Sean, Sarah, Amanda, Adam, Chelsea, Cassandra, Carla, Kaillie, Jake and Josh.

Mom was born in Toronto and raised five children as a single parent with pride. Mom married Harold and after living in Chilliwack for 25 years, she moved to Olds, then Edmonton, to live closer to her daughter, Louann.

The family will hold a celebration of Dorothy’s life in the future.

Many thanks to the staff at Rutherford Heights Retirement Home and the Edmonton General for all the wonderful care and love they gave to our Mom in her last months, hours and minutes.

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Patricia Gilbert

I had the pleasure of meeting Dorothy and Harold when visiting my Aunty Pat and Uncle Frank Johnson in Abbotsford. I remember them taking me out for the day sightseeing and treating me to a delicious lunch at a restaurant overlooking a lake. We had a lovely day and I was touched by their kindness and generosity.
After returning home to England I kept in touch by telephone and letter and also at Christmas. I am so thankful that I spoke to Dorothy just two weeks before Christmas.
I am sure that Dorothy will be greatly missed by all who knew her and my thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.
From Patricia Gilbert (England) 23rd January.

mary briscoe

I was blessed to have known a person like Dorothy. She was a woman of strength and extraordinary personality. She was a lovely mother in law and a great friend.
“Geeeeeeez”… will be missed

Mary Briscoe

Joanne Cull heath

Mom was very sad to hear of her good friend Dorothy’s passing.A lot of old memories she could share.Big hugs go out to all her family xo Rest in peace Mrs.Briscoè you sure will be missed by many ?

Jamie Briscoe

My favourite memory of Grandma Carswell was when she took me and my brother out to play laser tag (I was 13 years old). My sister was just just born, and she didn’t want me to feel left out, so she and Harold spent the day with me and my younger brother, Josh. It was such a thoughtful thing, and to me sums up how she was as a person. She loved her family, and really cared for her community. Christmas was never the same after she moved to BC. I miss her very much. xoxoxo


It says to “Share a Memory”. There are so many it is impossible to only choose one. I feel so incredibly lucky that I got to grow up with you, Grandma. From your house on Christina to Rainbow Estates to Alberta. You were always a quick drive or a phone call away.

When Grandpa Harold passed I spent every Friday night at Rainbow Estates. Man, did we ever have the best of times. They often consisted of Dominoes philly cheese steak pizza, apple blossoms from M&M Meats, and watching our favourite shows like The Ghost Whisperer (mainly for the cute paramedic). It ALWAYS consisted of both of us spilling food all over ourselves (thanks for that trait!) and laughing until we cried.

Some of the MOST memorable times would be when one Friday night we went out to eat at Whitespot (Grandma loved the coleslaw) and we were seated right in the middle of the restaurant. We were eating and of course, some food fell out of Grandma’s mouth. As it fell though, she flicked her fork causing the food to fly across the entire restaurant. She would try to casually play these things off but I just wouldn’t let her get away with that.. well we laughed until tears were streaming down our faces and everyone in the restaurant was staring at us and even the waiter came to ask if everything was ok hahaha!

When she first started riding in her scooter through Walmart in Olds she was bragging about how good she was at 3 point turns and driving in reverse — I’m sure we all know how much of a lie that is! haha. She knocked over a whole rack of those 5 hour energy drinks and blamed it on me, then knocked over a pot and pan display but always got away with us because she’s a “cute old lady” as she would say.

Another memorable time is when she was buying home made wine from a lady in her apartment building in Olds which Uncle Kevin hesitantly pointed out was bootlegging haha. (It was really good black cherry wine by the way!).

I’m so grateful that we had a roadtrip from here to Alberta and back. We stayed in Revelstoke right by the river with Tina and just had a great time.

But the thing I’m most thankful for is that before she moved to Alberta we went into Silk and White Satin in Chilliwack (a gown shop). We saw a beautiful yellow graduation gown. I tried it on while I was there with her and immediately put money down for it. She was there to pick out my grad dress with me and although she will not be physically present with me when I eventually pick out my wedding dress I am so happy that I was able to share this special moment with her.

Thank you for everything. For everything you’ve taught me and all the traits you’ve passed onto me. Thank you for giving me a wonderful aunt, amazing uncles, and the best cousins in the world. It is so hard to be without you but I know you’re looking over all of us and that you’re up there with grandpa, Bobby, grandma Frank and uncle Frank. I miss you more than words can every describe and I will never forget all the wonderful times we had together.

See you again, love you forever,


this is the yellow ball – you have to read my entry to understand it. 🙂

Sandra McIntosh

Beautiful picture! She was a great lady. Always greeted us with a big smile. She will be missed.


Hello. Please write a note so that we know who you are and what this picture was about. Thanks so much,.

Brother Dan

My early memories of my big sister are from the time we lived in Huntsville Ont. I was 6 or 7 years old. We would go to drive in movies, mom and you in the front seet and Rod and I in the back. I remember when you brought home a little baby ” Louann ” that was a special time. Your life had its ups and downs, however you always made it through the tough times. When you and Harold moved west we were able to spend more time with you. I know our kids have good memories of our visits to you home in Chilliwack. We will miss you, but feel blessed to have had you in our lives.

Dan & Mary Jane

Cassie Briscoe

Miss you so much Gramma!!! Sitting in my room at university isn’t the same when I know I can’t just call or email you. I know you’re watching over us all and whenever I see a sunflower, you will be my first thought.
I’ll never forget what you would always say to me, “Take care of yourself and don’t forget to stop and smell the daisies”. I’ll keep smelling them.

Lots of Love,


Sheila Briscoe

Chris, that was beautiful! You sure got your Mom’s gift for poetry. What a wonderful tribute. Love yeah Donnie & Sheila

Sheila Briscoe

Mother-in-laws get a bad rap. Dorothy was great. Always making crafts with the kids which I was not good at ….lol , creating holloween costumes still have the M & M ones she made. We were very lucky to have moved to B.C. and spent the past 25 years with her. Thank you for all the great times we shared and all the school singing and swimming events you attended for Amanda and Adam, they are memories they will always cherish. I will miss you saying OH Donnie! LOL The best was when we came out 26 years ago and you and Harold took us to the Capilano Suspension bridge and you called out Donnie! and a lady in the gift store yelled is that you Mrs. Briscoe , turns out she was your neighbor on Cawthra rd. we all laughed so hard. I will miss you so much and your great laugh. Love you Sheila Briscoe

Louann O’Dwyer

Mom we talked on the phone several times every day. Even three hours before you left us. It has now been 8 days since we talked. I miss you so much but I know you were tired of feeling lousy. I am thinking of the big belly laugh we shared this past Christmas Eve when you had backed your motorized chair into the dresser a few days before and made a big hole and then you asked Kevin where was the yellow ball that he had put on the back of your chair to keep you from making marks on walls. And there was the yellow ball sticking out of the hole in the dresser. We all laughed so hard! I am smiling now Mom. Love always and forever, Louann

Colleen Hurst

Every time I watch Y/R I think of you
When Victor is being evil, I hear your voice
“He’s such an ass” lol
So I get to hear your voice Mon-Fri
Because Victor is always an ass
I love and miss you
Forever and ever Amen <3

Michael Briscoe

Mom you made me happy when I was sad!
kissed my boo boos and made them better!
showed me love and how to love!
I will talk to you every night in my dreams!!
I miss you so much:(
I love you with all my heart and soul!
Rest in peace mommy!!!
Michal David Briscoe.

Chris Briscoe

Scattered memories of days of old.
Places like Haines and Cawthra road.
Smell of baked goods in the air.
Shortbread and coconut balls to name a pair.
Gather for a family night.
To watch Red Skelton in black and white.
Mom with bridge mix in her chair.
Five of us sitting here and there.
As Mom falls asleep during the show.
“Just resting my eyes” to let us know.
Our names heard through the park.
Just before it got dark.
“Donnie, Michael, Chris and Wade”
Friends tell us dinner was made.
The backyard was hockey all day.
Even dressed Louann as goalie to play.
Mom would cut our hair herself.
Still have the clippers in a cookie jar on a shelf.
The one constant through all of this.
Is our Mother who we’ll truly miss.
Mom was the glue that kept us as one.
Even after all that’s said and done.
Memories will come and go.
Our Mothers Love we will always know.

Pat (Deboer) Salisbury

“Mum” you were like a second mother to me, especially during our days in Port Credit. We always loved to visit with you during your chilliwack and Edmonton days. I will always cherish our visit last summer. Rest in peace.

Wade Briscoe

To the strongest person I ever met, my mom. I will remain very proud of you and all that you have taught me in life.

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