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Dorothy "Mim" Westerdale

June 25, 1940 March 12, 2022
Dorothy "Mim" Westerdale
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Obituary for Dorothy "Mim" Westerdale

Dorothy “Mim” Westerdale, born June 25th, 1940 to Frances E. Day and Melva “Gram” Day, was found at peace on March 12th 2022. She is survived by her sister, Mary Monahan, adoring children Beth (Mark) Kubistkey, Leah (Terry) Rowe, Adam (Michelle) Westerdale, Penny (Matt) Kazmierski, Joel (Sarah-Jane) Westerdale-Poindexter, her fourteen grandchildren Chris (Jamee), Katie, Cam, Grace (Claire), Christian, Teddy, Day, Marie, Reese, Cade, Rosemarie, our littlest Margo, two great grandchildren Cora and Otto, her dog, Eloise, and cat, Piccolo. Beyond her immediate family Mim found immense love and joy in her nieces and nephews, Lara (Stas), Kathy, Peggy, Kate, Tom, Nico, Mark, and Josh. She can finally be called “Mimmie” again by her beloved husband, Tim Westerdale, ask her brother, Tom Day, all her pressing questions about history and culture, laugh until she cries with her cousin Tindy, and tell stories for hours with her parents, Mother-in-law, aunts, uncles, and Grandma.

Raised in Maine, Mim was born in St. Stephen, Canada, as it was the best hospital. In her early years Mim spent her days following her big brother, Tom, around town with her little sister Mary in tow. The three of them share memories of freedom and adventure, jotting around and working in their Mother’s general store. It was in Maine that Mim began to conceptualize her understanding and love of people and her adoration for all animals, from mice to mammoths. As a young woman Mim’s father bought a farm so she did not need to go down to the stables to be with the horses. Flyboy, her Tennessee Walker, was her first love. Mim met Flyboy at a horse auction with her Uncle Eddie and cousin Tindy in Massachusetts. When Flyboy finally made it to Maine, he was deathly ill, and on the eve of her college graduation Mim slept in the stables and nursed him back to health; at the end of the day there was only a little hay in her cap and gown. Flyboy went on to be an old horse, and is very excited to bow for her once again.

Upon graduation, after experiencing a particularly grueling Maine winter, Mim, having never left home before, packed her bags and moved to Inverness, Florida to teach. Within the first couple months Mim brought her German Shepard, Tandy, into the family. Always timely, Mim showed up to her first day of work 15 minutes early, but the staff meeting was delayed due to another young teacher’s tardiness; 5 minutes late and with his coattails flying a young man with the bluest eyes she’d ever seen walked in, her Tim. At that moment she knew she would marry him, and by spring they were wed and packed up to move to another new place, Highland, MI.

With nothing but love and a dream, they bought a basement house with only a sink and a hose, but a beautiful barn for Flyboy. Together Mim and Tim began to make their new house a home and were quickly joined by their eldest child and the rest followed suit. Mim adored their first house. It was her love for her Mother, an avid gardener, that called her to move to the house they raised the kids in, South Hill, due to the beautiful and expansive gardens. As came the house came the animals, and Southill was bursting at the seams horses, chickens, peacocks, cats, and dogs. The smell of fresh baked bread welcomed the kids home off the bus each day. As the children grew so did the home, becoming a safe haven for those who needed it. Mim, Tim, and the kids called Milford home during this cherished time of life.

As empty nesters Mim and Tim moved to Ann Arbor, where their parties were that of legend and their company was always coveted. A perpetual student and lover of the world, Mim traveled across Europe, North America, and South America, but she would be the first to tell you her favorite place is a seat at the table with her family. In retirement Mim and Tim found themselves on Bass Lake in Lakeland MI, where their love for eachother and their family continued to grow. There was not a day that Tim and Mim did not fall more in love with life and each other.

When Tim passed away, June 1st 2017, Mim found herself in need of another reinvention of herself. Mim moved to her home in Ann Arbor where she spent her days pondering life and the universe, knowing there was something grand out there and wondering what it was. With such a large family she had very little alone time, always catching phone calls and welcoming visitors. Time was different at Mim’s, one hour = three. To sit curled up on the sofa across from her is to feel true comfort.

In Mim’s last months it was not her accolades, though she had many, or the facts of her life she wanted remembered; it was the joy she shared with so many, the sound of laughter, the stories of her and her family, and her determined nature. Always accommodating but never to be pushed around, Mim followed her intuition like a compass, and followed the beat of her own drum . She lived how she died. Mim was proud to see herself and her husband in her children and grandchildren, looked forward to one day watching the family grow, and a legacy of kindness, dedication, loyalty, and selflessness continue. She was a treasure.

A Celebration of Dorothy "Mim" Westerdale’s Life will be held at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Place, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 on Monday, May 2nd, 2022. The service will begin at 3 PM and go until 6 PM

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Monday

2

May

3:00 PM 5/2/2022 3:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 5/2/2022 6:00:00 PM
Ypsilanti Freighthouse

100 Market Place
Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Ypsilanti Freighthouse
100 Market Place Ypsilanti 48198 MI
United States
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