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Tulman Dot

TULMAN, Dorothea “Dot” Ottillie

May 1, 1924 — April 18, 2017

Dot was born in Edenwald, Saskatchewan to parents Adolph and Martha Milner on May 1, 1924 and grew up on a dairy farm with brothers Berthold, Lawrence, John and sisters Theodosia (her twin), Geraldine, Eleanor and Winnifred. The family moved to Regina SK and eventually Swan River MB where her father became the pastor of the Baptist Church. It was there she met her future husband Reynold “Ray” Tulman. They married in April 1947 and moved to Winnipeg where they had three children: Terry, Curtis and Valerie. They moved to Dauphin MB in 1960 and then to Williams Lake BC in 1964 where Ray became a heavy-duty mechanic and Dot began a career in the BC Provincial court system as a court reporter.

They bought a beautiful property overlooking Little White Lake near Salmon Arm BC and moved there in 1975 to spend their last working years and their retirement close to their oldest son, Terry, who was special needs and lived in a group home in Salmon Arm. Ray passed away in 1992 and Dot continued to live at Little White Lake until 2004 when she moved to Kelowna to be closer to her grandchildren. She spent the last few years of her life in retirement homes in Kelowna and died peacefully in the early hours of April 18, 2017 at the fine age of 92 with her daughter Valerie in attendance at her bedside.

Dot was the most amazing cook and hostess. She had an exceedingly warm and genuine personality; anyone who visited her was made to feel perfectly at home. Her baked chicken, beef roasts, pies, cakes, cookies and Christmas baked goods were among the best in the world. She was a mother who sacrificed much for her children and she absolutely doted over her grandchildren. She was a natural at music, taught herself to play piano and had the most beautiful singing voice. It was said she had the opportunity to turn professional, but instead chose to marry and raise a family – which she totally excelled at and never regretted the choice.

Dot loved nature, hummingbirds, wild flowers, chocolate, black coffee, banana cream pie, angel food cake and had a deep faith in God which carried her through the trying times of life such as the loss of a husband (Ray), a son (Terry) and a grandson (Lukas). She is survived by her brother Lawrence, sisters Theo, Ellie and Winnie, son Curtis (Leslie), daughter Valerie (Ken) and grandchildren Jesse and Alanna.

Dot will be missed and lovingly remembered by a host of family and friends. Special thanks to the caring staff at Village at Mill Creek Baptist Housing. A memorial and reception will be held at 2:00pm Sunday, May 7 in the Fireside Room at Willow Park Church, 439 Hwy 33, Kelowna, BC.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Service: 2:00pm Sunday, May 7, 2017

Location: Fireside Room at Willow Park Church

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The service for TULMAN, Dorothea “Dot” Ottillie is scheduled for 2:00pm Sunday, May 7, 2017. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Fireside Room at Willow Park Church

439 Hwy 33 Kelowna, BC


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  • Dear Curtis and Family,
    Please accept our heart felt condolences on your mother’s passing. (Now we know where your wonderful musical talent and smile comes from.)
    Please know you are in our prayers at this time.
    Gerhard and Mary Wust

    Condolence sent by: Gerhard and Mary Wust on April 20, 2017 at 7:43 am

  • Dear Curtis, Leslie & Family
    We are so sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. She must have been a wonderful lady. I’m sure your family will miss her.
    Our love and prayers are with you and your family.
    George & Nell Kroker

    Condolence sent by: George & Nell Kroker on April 21, 2017 at 6:49 pm

  • I only met Mrs. Tulman once or twice but she was a lovely lady and the stories Val told me and the joy she gave Val said it all. Rest in peace and you can sing to your heart’s content with Terry and Ray. Xoxo.

    Condolence sent by: Barb Milligan on April 27, 2017 at 7:01 pm

  • My condolences to Dot’s lovely family. Dot was a special woman who lived an interesting and good life and who very much loved her children and grandchildren. She was lucky enough to live close to them in the last few years which added to her enjoyment of life enormously. She willed be missed.

    Condolence sent by: Gail Huzel on April 30, 2017 at 8:42 am

  • Curtis and Val,
    We remember your mom as a dear aunt who made us feel at home whenever we visited. She was so down to earth always had great practical advice. We’re sorry that we can’t attend the memorial service but we’ll treasure our memories of Aunt Dot. We’ll be thinking about you on Sunday as you celebrate your mom’s life.

    Ted and Silia

    Condolence sent by: Ted Milner on May 3, 2017 at 8:00 am

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