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V. Merle B. Hincks

V. Merle B. Hincks

August 28, 2021

V. Merle B. Hincks

HINCKS, V. Merle B. – Peacefully at Rockwood Terrace, Durham on Saturday, August 28, 2021 in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Ken Hincks (2019). Loving mother of Betty Lou Kirkpatrick and her husband Allen of Newmarket, Heather Scott and her husband Jim of Brooklin, Paul Hincks and his wife Cheryl, and Peter Hincks and his wife Shelley, all of Mount Forest. Adoring Grandmother of Kristy Canellos and her husband Tom, Allison Skillen and her husband Brent, Jamie Hincks and his wife Krystal, Adam Hincks and his partner Callee Rice, Ashlee Hincks and her partner Mitch Howells, Amanda Hincks and her fiancée Adam Kalbfleisch, and Brandon Scott and his partner Brianna Capone. Missed by her great-grandchildren Reed & Rylee Hincks, Claire & Kai Skillen, and Jesse & Kendall Canellos.

Dear sister-in-law of Betty Baetz of Kingston, Shirley Meads of North Bay, Glen Hincks and his wife Angela of Markham and Preciosa Hincks of Oshawa.  She will be sadly missed by her many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, especially her “neighbourhood card ladies”. Merle was predeceased by her parents Andrew & Isabella Ellis, her siblings George Ellis, Margaret Adams, and Ina Doyle, her brothers-in-law Eric Hincks and his wife Violet, Elvin Hincks, Rev. Trevor Braetz, Wally Meads, Alvin Adams, Irvine Doyle and by her sister-in-law Gladys Ellis.  Merle was a member of Mount Forest United Church, UCW, and the Lioness Club. She was an avid knitter and enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grandchildren. Ken and Merle had made many friends in Florida where they enjoyed numerous winters. 

A funeral service celebrating Merle’s life will be held at Mount Forest United Church, 175 Queen Street East, Mount Forest, on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation from 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. To attend the visitation and/or funeral service, please schedule an appointment by visiting www.englandfuneralhome.com or by calling the funeral home at (519) 323-2631. Please note: there are separate registrations for each. Masks are mandatory and Covid protocols are in place. Those unable to attend the service in person are invited to view the service livestream by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/England-Funeral-Home-1863283503935858. Interment to follow at the Mount Forest Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Merle are asked to consider Mount Forest United Church, Cancer Patient Services, or Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation. Funeral arrangements entrusted to England Funeral Home, Mount Forest. 


Betty-Lou, Heather, Paul, Peter and families,
My deepest condolences on the loss of your Mom. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Susan Bridle-Rawn

— Susan Bridle-Rawn, September 11, 2021

So sorry to hear about Merle's passing. She is at rest now and you all have such pleasant memories to share about Merle and Ken's lives. Merle and Ken were corner posts in the Hincks clan and both are sorely missed. Merle exuded happiness and kindness. She was always interested in people's lives. We will always remember her smile and gentle personality. The reunions will not be the same. Judy and Keith

— Keith and Judy Hincks, September 10, 2021

My sympathy goes to the Hincks Family. Keep your precious memories close to your heart. She was a very happy and friendly lady. I loved her smile. God Bless
Diane McLellan

— Diane McLellan, September 5, 2021

So sorry to hear this news. Condolences to the entire Hincks family. Merle and Ken were great friends to our parents, Harry and Janet. Ruth, Wilma and Neil Mather

— Ruth (Mather) Halford, September 4, 2021

My condolences to the Hincks family. Merle was a tremendous support to Ken
and together they raised a tremendous family and served their community
well. May Ken and chords of Barbershop harmony greet her at the pearly gates.

— Hugh Perrin, September 3, 2021

Peter and Shelley and the Hincks family. Sending our thoughts and condolences. Know we are thinking of you today.
Allen and Suzanne Morrison

— Suzanne and Allen Morrison, September 2, 2021

My sincere condolences to the entire Hincks family on the loss of Bernadette Grace Merle, a person as beautiful as her name. I
have many fond memories of good times with Ken and Merle and the children. May God grant her children peace and strength
as I know they will miss her greatly. Love to all.


— Carolyn Hincks, September 2, 2021

Sending my heartfelt condolences to all of Merle's family. She was a lovely lady who will be missed. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Big hugs and blessings to you all. Marie

— Marie Plume, September 2, 2021

To Betty Lou, Heather, Paul, Peter and all of the Hincks family,

Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother. Merle was a lovely person who will be missed by all who knew her.
Our thoughts are with you today as you say your final goodbyes.


Lynda Calder, Larry Olsson and Larry Calder.

— Lynda Calder. Larry Calder, September 2, 2021

To Betty Lou, Heather, Paul and Peter and all of the Hincks family.

Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother. Merle was a lovely person who will be missed by all her family and friends.
Our thoughts are with you today as you say your final goodbyes.


Lynda Calder, Larry Olsson and Larry Calder

— Lynda Calder. Larry Calder, September 2, 2021

Jan.1969 we came to town, to take over the CTC Store on Main St., Ken was one of our first customers, and also came in to welcome us to town. That was the beginning of a long lasting friendship with Ken & Merle. Merle was a Great Friend, Wife,
Proud Mother, and Grandmother. We had many good times together, Merle will be missed.

— Gary & BJ Campbell, September 2, 2021

Our deepest condolences are extended to the Hincks Family,
Your Mom was a very special, gracious and kind person.
It was always a pleasure to meet up and visit with both your Mom and Dad. We treasure many special moments; many of them at church because they occupied the pew in front of us on most Sundays..
We keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

— Ken and Joan Hayward, September 2, 2021

My condolences to the Hincks family .Bonnie and I were friends with Merle and Ken for many years.

— Wilson Schwindt, September 1, 2021

Betty-Lou, Heather, Peter, Paul and your families;
Merle always had kind words, and her gentle presence brought out the best in all who had the chance to know her.
Our Mount Forest memories will always include your Mom and Dad singing in Church, chatting when meeting up on the street or at special events. The best memory of all was the giggling during the card ladies evenings. Sorry for you loss.

Wendy and Larry Vollett, Cheryl and Edward Murphy

— Cheryl (Bye) Murphy, September 1, 2021

Mary Lou and family. So very sorry to read about the passing of your beloved Mom. Janice Kirk. I hope that you remember me. It's been very many years since I left My Forest.

— Janice Kirk, September 1, 2021

Our sincere condolences to the Hincks family upon Merle's passing ....... always a lovely lady.

Steve and Dianne Leith

— Steve and Dianne Leith, September 1, 2021

Sending our sympathy to all Merle's family and friends. We have many memories of Merle at the Ellis family reunions and at the Lions Club socials. Rest in peace Merle Sincerely Diane & Bill Dineen and Leonard Seifried

— Diane & Bill Dineen, September 1, 2021

Our sincere condolences to the Hincks family for your loss. Your mother was the sweetest lady. We'll always remember her as a proud grandmother who never missed an opportunity to support her grandchildren at a music festival, dance recital, or sporting event.
Thinking of you,
Dan & Debbie McMullen

— Dan & Debbie McMullen, August 31, 2021

Our sincere sympathy to the Hincks family in the loss of your mother... she was one of the sweetest kindest ladies we have ever known..she was a very beautiful gracious lady always..
David and Betty Litwiller

— Betty Litwiller, August 31, 2021

We enjoyed our visit with Merle last week and we have many happy memories of our times together with Ken and Merle. She was a faithful mother and wife, and a great sister-in-law (and aunt) over the years!

— Carol Baetz and Betty Baetz, August 31, 2021

We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Merle. She was always so sweet and kind. Betty Lou, Heather, Paul and Peter, you had a lovely mom.
Thinking of you now,
Linda, Jim, Lisa and Mike.

— Linda Wilkinson, August 31, 2021

my sincere sympathy to Paul, Cheryl and all members of the family.

— Bob Adams, August 31, 2021

Paul and family. So sorry of hearing of the loss of your mom. My thoughts are with you

— Karen Rave, August 31, 2021

We are thinking of you all and send our condolences and remembering this very gracious lady.

— Aletha and Bob McArthur, August 31, 2021

Our condolences to all of Merle's family. Her gentle smile and inquiries of our family members and sharing of her family's activities whenever we would meet up with each other,will always be remembered. Merle deserves the Peace that she has now with her Lord.

— Larry & Wilda Leibold, August 31, 2021

Betty Lou & Allen: We send you our sincere sympathy. Take care. – Barry & Thelma Rawn

— Barry & Thelma Rawn, August 31, 2021

My sincere sympathy is extended to the entire family on Merle's passing.

— Lynne Turner, August 31, 2021

my sincere sympathy to Paul. Cheryl and the entire family.

— Bob Adams, August 30, 2021

Aunt Merle was an exceptionally gracious woman. She was a bridesmaid in my parents' wedding party. Always had a kind word and so hospitable. Sincere condolences to the family, especially to Betty-Lou, Heather, Paul and Peter!

— Dan and Bev Baetz, August 30, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Russell & Marilyn Rogers

— Russell & Marilyn Rogers, August 30, 2021

Betty Lou, Allen and the Hincks family,
We are sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. Our thought and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Grant & Edie Fotheringham

— Edith Fotheringham, August 30, 2021

My sincere condolences to the family.

— Rob Mulchinock, August 30, 2021

Our condolences to the entire Hincks family on the passing of your Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma! She was a lady in the true sense of the word. Bob & Sallly

— Sally Bell, August 30, 2021

Gone but never forgotten. Betty Lou, Heather, Paul and Peter... you guys had an awesome mom.
Her and Ken had a darn good, long lasting and successful run with marriage, children, grandchildren, family, friendships, hobbies and business.
Merle treated every kid in the neighbourhood with kindness and respect.
I don’t think Merle ever missed a single Wednesday night card game with Vietta, Marg, Lou, Hazel, Ruby and Tootie. They sure loved each other’s company.
The fridge door at your house was always a magnet and paper testament to the latest accomplishments of you kids when you were growing up.
Whenever I’d telephone , Merle would recognize my voice and strike up a conversation.
Fergus St. N. no longer bears any of the families we remember, but what precious memories we have!

Thinking of all of you and your families;
Carolyn and Randy Bye

— Carolyn and Randy Bye, August 30, 2021

Our sincere condolences to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I came across this picture the other day and thought it would be nice to share. Siesta Key 2009. A great group of friends.

— Doris and Keith Aitken, August 30, 2021

We are thinking of you at this difficult time.
Our sincere condolences to each and everyone of you.

— Jeff and Karen Coburn, August 30, 2021

My most sincere condolences to the Hincks family.
Sandy Van Dongen

— Sandy VanDongen, August 30, 2021

Contact Info

294 Main Street South
P.O. Box 38, Mount Forest
Ontario, Canada N0G 2L0
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