June 18, 1923 – December 17, 2020
Our beloved Thea died peacefully of heart failure at Langley Hospice after a life well lived. We are grateful to the medical staff for providing such excellent care for her.
Dorothea May, also known as Thea, was born in St. Helens, England, to Joseph and Mary Greenwood. She was the youngest, after her brother Joseph Miles and her sister Rosalind.
Thea joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRENS) during WWII, from 1941- 46, serving mainly in Liverpool at Western Approaches Command, British Naval headquarters during the Battle of the Atlantic.
Several years after the War, and many travels later, Thea met her future husband, Patrick Booth, at a dance for British soldiers. Pat and Thea married soon after in England and left for Canada. They ultimately settled in Vancouver, where their daughters, Annette and Suzanne, were born. They became proud Canadian citizens, and eventually moved to acreage in rural Langley, where they have lived for the past 47 years.
Family was Thea’s true joy, and she provided love and nurturing as a homemaker. She and Pat were married for 67 years, and they loved and supported each other throughout. Thea showed the same love and devotion to their two girls, and her beloved grandchildren, Hailey and Matthew. She loved and missed her late son-in-law, Dean Gebauer.
Thea was always looking to expand her horizons and try something new. She took a variety of classes, read extensively, and enjoyed the Vancouver Opera. She finally learned to swim at 65, and enjoyed her swimming and, later, gym workouts until recently. A dog lover, there was always at least one dog in the house. She also loved travelling with Pat.
Thea was an active volunteer for many years for various charities, including Langley Hospice. Her other volunteer efforts earned her the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal. She was also a long-time parishioner of St. Joseph’s church.
Thea kept her sense of fun and her love of learning to the very end. She had an infectious smile and was always positive. The household was always filled with her cheerful laughter. She was a sympathetic listener and fiercely loyal. Her last few months were spent in a peace-filled grace, full of love for all and awaiting Heaven.
A private funeral Mass will be celebrated on December 23, with burial at Gardens of Gethsemani. A celebration of life is planned for 2021, when Covid restrictions are lifted.
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