Dorothy Marilyn (Day) Oaks

Dorothy was the perfect big sister, daughter, wife, mother, friend and nurse-so beautiful, loving and compassionate.

Dorothy was born on April 9, 1941 in Chengdu, Szechuan, West China, on the campus of The West China University. Her parents were Rev. Alfred Lee Day, born on December 15, 1914 in Canada, and (Esther) Margaret (Meuser) Day, a Canadian home economist, born in China in 1915. Alf and Margaret went to China in 1939 as missionaries under the United Church of Canada. David and Diana were Dorothy’s brother and sister who came along later.

Dorothy, David and Diana’s maternal grandfather was Dr. Edwin Nelson Meuser, a Canadian pharmacologist who helped to start and also taught at the West China Union University. He was responsible for extracting Ephedrine from Ma Huang, which he later sold to Eli Lilly. Their maternal grandmother was Edna May (Speers) Meuser, a Canadian teacher and the real instigator of going as missionaries to China in 1908 under the Methodist Church of Canada. Dr (Grandpa) Meuser actually went to China In 1904 to work as a Pharmacist in Chungking.

Dorothy survived a severe scalding of one arm, when, as a baby, she fell off a change table into boiling water. The burned arm was still in a sweater. Dr. Ralph Outerbridge grafted skin from her hip onto the damaged arm. The burn left a large scar on her arm, but not her spirit. From 1947 to 1950, she attended the Canadian School in Chengdu.

In 1950, Dorothy returned (via ship) with her family to Toronto and lived for one year with Grandma and Grandpa Meuser, in a house on Humewood Drive. In 1951, she moved with her family to Maple Creek, Saskatchewan where she took Grades 7-9.

In 1954, she moved to Calgary, Alberta, and attended Crescent Heights High School for Grades 10-12. She was very popular and here she met her future husband, Gordon Oaks. In 1960, she also survived, with gravel burns, a truck roll-over that killed one member of her young people’s group. She was devastated, as she had invited the girl killed in the accident to join her group for the first time. She was an accomplished pianist, reaching the Grade 12 ARTC level.

She, along with her mother, had an abiding appreciation for flowers of all kinds and compiled a prize-winning collection of pressed wild prairie flowers as a school project.

Dorothy attended University of Alberta and became a Registered Nurse with a Public Health Degree. She had always wanted to be a nurse since childhood, and she was well loved.

On June 4th, 1965, Dorothy married Reverend Gordon Oaks and they settled in Edmonton, Alberta. Dorothy and Gordon had 3 beautiful children. They all still live in Edmonton. Yolande, born June 26, 1968, is an RN (after LPN and Orthopedic Tech. programs) married to Gregg Woods and they have 2 sons, Riley born March 23, 1997, and Nolan born March 6, 1999. Gordon (Gordo), born January 23, 1970, has a Music Major, specialized in Children’s Music and Stories, and also in Shiatsu Massage Therapy. Heather, born April 7, 1972, has her education in Investigative Police Work and Restaurant Work. She has 1 son, Alex, born May 10, 1990.

In 1975, Dorothy accompanied Gordon to Boston, where he earned a Ph.D. in Theology. Sadly, in 1977, Dorothy died at age 36, of Breast Cancer, on the same day, June 19th as her mother did. But we all knew that she felt the love of her family surrounding her.

Dorothy attended University of Alberta and became a Registered Nurse with a Public Health Degree. She had always wanted to be a nurse since childhood, and she was well loved.

On June 4th, 1965, Dorothy married Reverend Gordon Oaks and they settled in Edmonton, Alberta. Dorothy and Gordon had 3 beautiful children. They all still live in Edmonton. Yolande, born June 26, 1968, is an RN (after LPN and Orthopedic Tech. programs) married to Gregg Woods and they have 2 sons, Riley born March 23, 1997, and Nolan born March 6, 1999. Gordon (Gordo), born January 23, 1970, has a Music Major, specialized in Children’s Music and Stories, and also in Shiatsu Massage Therapy. Heather, born April 7, 1972, has her education in Investigative Police Work and Restaurant Work. She has 1 son, Alex, born May 10, 1990.

In 1975, Dorothy accompanied Gordon to Boston, where he earned a Ph.D. in Theology. Sadly, in 1977, Dorothy died at age 36, of Breast Cancer, on the same day, June 19th as her mother did. But we all knew that she felt the love of her family surrounding her.

Dorothy was the perfect big sister, daughter, wife, mother, friend and nurse-so beautiful, loving and compassionate.

Dorothy was born on April 9, 1941 in Chengdu, Szechuan, West China, on the campus of The West China University. Her parents were Rev. Alfred Lee Day, born on December 15, 1914 in Canada, and (Esther) Margaret (Meuser) Day, a Canadian home economist, born in China in 1915. Alf and Margaret went to China in 1939 as missionaries under the United Church of Canada. David and Diana were Dorothy’s brother and sister who came along later.

Dorothy, David and Diana’s maternal grandfather was Dr. Edwin Nelson Meuser, a Canadian pharmacologist who helped to start and also taught at the West China Union University. He was responsible for extracting Ephedrine from Ma Huang, which he later sold to Eli Lilly. Their maternal grandmother was Edna May (Speers) Meuser, a Canadian teacher and the real instigator of going as missionaries to China in 1908 under the Methodist Church of Canada. Dr (Grandpa) Meuser actually went to China In 1904 to work as a Pharmacist in Chungking.

Dorothy survived a severe scalding of one arm, when, as a baby, she fell off a change table into boiling water. The burned arm was still in a sweater. Dr. Ralph Outerbridge grafted skin from her hip onto the damaged arm. The burn left a large scar on her arm, but not her spirit. From 1947 to 1950, she attended the Canadian School in Chengdu.

In 1950, Dorothy returned (via ship) with her family to Toronto and lived for one year with Grandma and Grandpa Meuser, in a house on Humewood Drive. In 1951, she moved with her family to Maple Creek, Saskatchewan where she took Grades 7-9.

In 1954, she moved to Calgary, Alberta, and attended Crescent Heights High School for Grades 10-12. She was very popular and here she met her future husband, Gordon Oaks. In 1960, she also survived, with gravel burns, a truck roll-over that killed one member of her young people’s group. She was devastated, as she had invited the girl killed in the accident to join her group for the first time. She was an accomplished pianist, reaching the Grade 12 ARTC level.

She, along with her mother, had an abiding appreciation for flowers of all kinds and compiled a prize-winning collection of pressed wild prairie flowers as a school project.

Dorothy attended University of Alberta and became a Registered Nurse with a Public Health Degree. She had always wanted to be a nurse since childhood, and she was well loved.

On June 4th, 1965, Dorothy married Reverend Gordon Oaks and they settled in Edmonton, Alberta. Dorothy and Gordon had 3 beautiful children. They all still live in Edmonton. Yolande, born June 26, 1968, is an RN (after LPN and Orthopedic Tech. programs) married to Gregg Woods and they have 2 sons, Riley born March 23, 1997, and Nolan born March 6, 1999. Gordon (Gordo), born January 23, 1970, has a Music Major, specialized in Children’s Music and Stories, and also in Shiatsu Massage Therapy. Heather, born April 7, 1972, has her education in Investigative Police Work and Restaurant Work. She has 1 son, Alex, born May 10, 1990.

In 1975, Dorothy accompanied Gordon to Boston, where he earned a Ph.D. in Theology. Sadly, in 1977, Dorothy died at age 36, of Breast Cancer, on the same day, June 19th as her mother did. But we all knew that she felt the love of her family surrounding her.

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