Dot was born near Springwater, Saskatchewan. When she was five, she moved with her family to a rural area near Fraser Lake in British Columbia where she lived out the Depression years. With the coming of war, the family moved to the coast, and Dot got a job with Boeing Aircraft building “PBYs” for the military. She shortly became known as “Rosy the Riveter” because of her red hair.
After the war, she married veteran Clarence Saunders and moved with him to Burns Lake where he became involved in the forest industry. He owned and operated a succession of sawmills, and Dot became bookkeeper and first aid attendant as one of the first in the province to earn an Industrial First Aid Certificate. In 1964, she bought a variety store in Burns Lake and ran it successfully for eight years.
In 1971, she and Clarence were divorced. In 1972 she married Tony Robinson, a forester with the government, and moved with him to Prince Rupert. There followed postings in Williams Lake, Victoria, and finally Kamloops where the couple retired in 1987.
It wasn’t until she was 50 that Dot took up golf, but she proved to be a natural at it and became known as “Boom Boom” for the long drives she hit. She played at the Williams Lake Golf and Country Club, Gorge Vale in Victoria, Kamloops Golf and Country Club (where she was Ladies Captain) and finally, at Rivershore Golf and Country club.
Dot is survived by her loving husband, Tony, her daughter, Gloria Nicholson of Prince George, B.C., her son, John Saunders of Canmore, Alberta, five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. No service by request. A family gathering to celebrate her life will take place at the family cabin on Babine Lake later in the year.
Thanks to Dr. Wynn and the staff at Overlander Residential Care for their devotion to their duties.