Dorothy Louise Johansen (Nee Couling, Walker) October 22nd, 1935-July 5th, 2021.
Dorothy Johansen passed away peacefully in her 85th year. She is survived by her children, Kay Robinson (Dave), Gary Couling (Mel), Deb Fisher (Dan), Cindy Couling (Bob), her sister, Dee Child (Peter), her grandchildren; Mandy Couling-Schnare, Nick Fisher, Jake Robinson, Mark Couling, Mike Couling, Britany Stevenson, DJ Couling, Elena Smith, Nathan Fisher, Cooper Couling and a multitude of wonderful great grandchildren.
She is pre-deceased by her parents, Daisy and Russell Walker, her sister Mary Thomson, her brother Ted Walker, husband Jeff Couling and grandson, Aaron Natrall
Born in Plymouth, England, she emigrated in the late 1960’s with then husband, Jeff Couling to Ontario, Canada where they raised their 4 children. She moved to British Columbia in the late 1970’s and made the Island her home until her death. She loved the lush beauty of the area. Walking Bazan Bay and visiting Butchart Gardens were favorite pastimes. Dorothy was a world traveler. She especially loved taking cruises! She was an accomplished dancer, lawn bowler and enjoyed swimming and gardening. She worked as an accountant at the Strathcona Hotel in Victoria for many years. Starting as a bookkeeper, she worked her way up to manage the accounting for the hotel. In her retirement, she traveled abroad every chance she had. She will be dearly missed by her family.
Her favorite song resonates with us at this time. We truly hope her family is there to greet her. We know she missed them all very much.
“The old hometown looks the same
As I step down from the train
And there to meet me is my mama and papa
Down the road I look and there runs Mary
Hair of gold and lips like cherries
It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home
Yes, they’ll all come to meet me
Arms reaching, smiling sweetly
It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home”