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Helen (Dolly) Morrison Kitt – October 10, 1914 – April 22, 2015

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Helen (Dolly) Morrison Kitt – October 10, 1914 – April 22, 2015

Helen “Dolly” Morrison Kitt, age 100 years old, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2015 at Princess Court.

Dolly was born to Barbara and John Sim on October 10, 1914 in Kenora Ontario on the family farm. Dolly worked hard all her life; raised on the farm she did all different chores required, light and heavy. She was very good at splitting wood! Her parents owned a dairy farm and Dolly as a young girl, would go to Kenora on horse sleigh in the winter and wagon in the summer to deliver the milk. She met and later married Walter Kitt in 1933; she was 19 years old. They had two sons, Douglas and John. She would take them with her as young children to pick blueberries which she would sell to earn money for their clothes. She canned produce and meat for the winter months and was always baking delicious bread, cakes and cookies!

After 15 years in Kenora, Walter, who was a Chief Ranger with the Department of Lands and Forests, was transferred to Franz, ON. They would be required to move 5 more times until his retirement in White River in 1972. They then moved to Dryden. During those 39 years, Dolly enjoyed curling on many different teams as they moved from place to place; she loved to embroider, do paint-by-numbers and continued to pick blueberries every season!

She will forever be remembered for her delicious baking, especially her flaky pies and buns, doughnuts and waffles. There was always a pot of coffee on the stove, and tea after meals (her Scottish heritage). She was a true hockey fan and cheered her dear Toronto Maple Leafs whether they won or lost! You could always find her in her lush garden until she was in her 90’s.

Dolly will be greatly missed by her two sons, Doug (Loretta) of Thunder Bay and John (Alicia) of Dryden, her 8 grandchildren, Julie Martin of Thunder Bay, John Paul (Val) of Winnipeg, David (Tara) of Brandon, Don (Carla) of Thunder Bay, Wally (Lorrie) of Thunder Bay, Ken (Tracey) of Dryden, Andrew (Lana) and Charles both of London ON. She had 12 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. Surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and many other relatives.

Dolly was predeceased by her husband Walter in 1985, sisters Lily, Daisy and Kathleen, and two brothers Norman and Gordon.

A Funeral Service to celebrate Dolly’s life was held Monday, April 27, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Moffat Chapel of Stevens Funeral Homes with Rev. Hewitt Holmes officiating. Interment took place Tuesday in Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

Visitation was held Sunday, April 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Moffat Chapel.

If friends desire, donations may be made to First United Church or a charity of your choice through the Stevens Funeral Home, PO Box 412, Dryden, ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be posted at

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