Ethel Whitehead

Ethel Whitehead

Tuesday, March 3rd, 1925 - Friday, June 19th, 2020
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Ethel (Barton) Whitehead passed away peacefully on Friday, June 19, 2020 at Rockwood Terrace Nursing Home, Durham, in her 96th year.

She was born March 3, 1925 in Cumberland Bay, New Brunswick, the daughter of the late Ruby (MacVicar) and Murray Barton.

Cherished dearly by her children Kitty and Joe Stone of Lindsay, Donna and Fred Bolger of Durham, Bonnie Whitehead of Clifford, Tammie Whitehead of Hanover, Stan and Marcie Whitehead of Durham; grandchildren Brandon and Jodie Whitehead, Kimberly Whitehead, John Whitehead-Bolger, Amy Whitehead, Glenn Whitehead, Charissa Fidler, Zoey Fidler, great-grandchildren Ella and Peyton Whitehead; brothers Harold and Glenna Barton of Fredericton, N.B., Frank Barton of Fredericton, N.B., John and Nora Barton of Chipman, N.B., Leonard and Eleanor Barton of Cumberland Bay, N.B., Stanley Barton of Cumberland Bay, N.B., sister Lorna Barton of Lower Millstream, N.B.; and brother-in-law Arthur Stableford of Sunderland.

Predeceased by her husband Glenn Whitehead (1985), daughter Heather and her husband Tony Hoover; brothers Lawrence, Allison, Gordon; and sisters Mona, Doris, and Betty, and sister-in-law Joyce Stableford.

In her youth, Ethel moved to Fredericton to care for her ailing Aunt Ethel, cleaned houses for room and board, worked at a shoe store, a book store, and Dominions. In St. John, she worked as a photographer’s model, worked at the MRA Department Store and Woolworth’s, and met her husband-to-be at a photo studio. Starting a family, they moved to Ontario and for the past 48 years lived in Clifford.

She returned home each summer to Cumberland Bay for the family reunion and enjoyed side-trips to the other Maritime Provinces as well as trips out west.

She was a member of the UCW at Knox and the Horticultural Society and joined the Merry Makers Seniors. Over the years, her bowling days came to an end and her gardening dwindled to tending window boxes laden with pansies. Soap operas and visiting with family filled her days, and puzzles weren’t kept just for winter. Lawrence Welk was a Sunday staple.

A private family service by invitation only will be held at the Hardy-Lee Funeral Home, Harriston, on Monday, June 22nd at 1:00 p.m., with public visitation from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m.
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As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Knox United Church, Clifford, would be appreciated.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 22nd, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Monday, June 22nd, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Hardy-Lee Funeral Home
    44 John St. S.
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  • Service

    Monday, June 22nd, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Monday, June 22nd, 2020 1:00pm
    Hardy-Lee Funeral Home
    44 John St. S.
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    Click here to view service.
    Rev. Dr. Art Hiley
  • Interment

    Clifford Cemetery
    46378 Elora St
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Donations are being accepted for: KNOX UNITED CHURCH.


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Susan & Chip Bross

Posted at 12:12pm
Bonnie, we were very sorry to hear about your Mom. We extend our sincere sympathy to you and all of your family. Susan & Chip Bross

Joan Hershey

Posted at 10:15am
Our deepest sympathy to the family. Your Mom was a wonderful Lady. Dale and Joan Hershey

Hazel Turnbull

Posted at 12:30am
Sending my thoughts and prayers to my far-away cousins for the difficult times as you say goodbye to your beautiful mom. I will always cherish the summer visits from Auntie Ethel when she came to NB up until the last few years. i can almost picture your mom and my mom up in heaven playing Chinese checkers. RIP auntie Ethel. Hazel (MacLean) Turnbull

Barb morris

Posted at 07:08am
So sorry to read just now of your moms passing. It was just a few short weeks ago, you and I were talking about her, when I picked up the glad bulbs.

Heather Giles

Posted at 12:03am
Our condolences to Bonnie and family. She was a wonderful woman, soft spoken and kind. So many wonderful UCW memories. Much love to you all, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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