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Ethel Saretta Gillies

Ethel Saretta Gillies

January 6, 2023

Ethel Saretta Gillies

GILLIES, Ethel Saretta (née Ramsbottom) – Peacefully at the Louise Marshall Hospital on Friday, January 6, 2023 in her 87th year. Cherished wife of the late Donald Gillies (1992). Loving mother of Rodney Gillies, Shawn Gillies, and Shirley Stripp, and mother-in-law of John Lindayen (Sylvie). Predeceased by her beloved daughter, Donna Lindayen (2017). Dear grandmother of Melanie (John), Bradley, Hilary (Bryan), Matthew, Evan, Willow, Courtney, and Al (Shaelyn); great-grandmother of Lillianna, Ridley, Lando, Kayla, Ariana, Naomi, and Kiera; and great-great-grandmother of Remi. Survived by her sister Mary Sivill; sister-in-law Betty Gillies; and brothers-in-law Bob Harper and Merv Gillies. Predeceased by her siblings: Bill Ramsbottom (Marianne), Marnie Wichers (Birss, Fred), and Betty Sivill (Robert). Remembered by several nieces and nephews. Ethel dedicated her life to her family and community. 

Visitation will be held at the England Funeral Home, 294 Main Street South, Mount Forest, on Tuesday, January 10th from 11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m., where the funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Following the service, all are invited to the Royal Canadian Legion, Mount Forest Branch 134, for refreshments and fellowship. Spring interment will be held at Woodland Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Ethel are asked to consider the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation or a charity of one’s choice. 


To Melanie, Brad and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a lovely person, truly full of kindness and life. Take good care, my thoughts are with you.

— Perry Howell, February 11, 2023

I am so sorry to hear of Ethel's passing. She was so very kind, caring and thoughtful. My thoughts and prayers are with her beloved family.

— Sheryl Spencer, January 11, 2023

Rodney, Shirley, and family - Sending condolences. Thinking of you at this difficult time .

— Linda Preston, January 10, 2023

To the Gillies family,
Sorry to hear of your lose.
She will be missed.

— Kevin Woods, January 10, 2023

Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your families. Etta was a wonderful person. I knew Etta from childhood to adulthood. My Grandparents Hugh and Gertrude Keith lived in Cedarville for a few decades. And I attended Sunday School with Etta's children.
I am sure that you will hold many good memories of your Mother and Grandmother. My condolences to each and every one of you.

— Beverly Keith-Taylor, January 10, 2023

Dear Rodney, Shawn, Shirley, John & Sylvie, Melanie & John, Bradley and all of Etta's much-loved grandchildren, greats, family and friends. We are sending our most sincere sympathy at this sad time.
We treasure our memories of Etta as a kind, generous, loyal friend, with so much love in her heart for her family, friends and faith. She enjoyed and savoured every day and lived her life with dignity and grace.
Etta and Don were steadfast friends to our late parents, James and Josephine Feairs of Cedarville and to everyone in our family.
Her true gift in life was to make those around her feel as if they were the most important, interesting person on earth.
Our lives are richer for having known her. We'll miss her forever.
From all of the Feairs family: Joanie & David Wishnevski, Elizabeth & Bill Wallace, Ray Owens, all of Vancouver, B.C.; Eleanor (Ellie) & Robert Mueller, Cambridge; Ruthie Feairs, Mount Forest; Jim & Fran Feairs, Peterborough.

— Eleanor Schnurr-Mueller, January 9, 2023

To the Lindayen and Gillies families - we were so saddened to hear of Ethel’s passing. She was such a lovely lady and we enjoyed chatting with her whenever we met at one of the Lindayen gatherings. You will have so many wonderful memories of Ethel - we hope they bring you peace and joy. With warm thoughts for you all, Cynthia and Paul Ramsay

— Cynthia and Paul Ramsay, January 9, 2023

Very sorry to hear this news. Etta was a very friendly and kind woman. Your families will really miss her.
Sincerely, Jim and Kathy Armstrong

— Jim and Kathy Armstrong, January 9, 2023

When we moved to Cedarville, over 35 years ago, Ethel & her late husband Don were the first people to welcome us as new neighbours. Over the decades Ethel became a wonderful friend, always checking in to make sure both on us were safe & healthy, leaving unexpected gift-baskets of flowers & veggies at our front door, and ever-ready to help Michelle with advice & guidance for her garden. Invitations to lunch or afternoon teas became a big part of our lives; visits with such a deeply-caring friend who became like a second-mother to both of us as she helped turn Cedarville into our HOME.
For us - Ethel WAS Cedarville, and we can’t begin to express the terrible loss we feel at her passing.
So sleep well, dear friend and please know you will NEVER be forgotten.
With love,
Michelle Goodeve & Glenn Norman
The Cedarville Manse

— Michelle Goodeve & Glenn Norman, January 9, 2023

We were very saddened to hear of Ett’s passing! She was a great person and will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!

— Wayne & Dianne MacDonald, January 9, 2023

To all of the Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. She always had a smile. A truly lovely lady.

— Ron and Mary Ellen Wiltshire, January 9, 2023

Rodney, Shawn, John & Sylvie, Shirley and families,
Sincere condolences during this season of loss for your family. For me, Ethel was the heart of Cedarville! Will cherish the genuine caring, warmth and love she showed for her family and friends.

— Grace Lennox, January 9, 2023

Rodney, Shawn, Shirley, John (Sylvie), Melanie, Bradley and all of Ethel's beautiful family,
Our sincere condolences for this loss. We have fond memories of Ethel as a kind, gentle, beautiful woman with a warm, contagious laugh! Celebrating her remarkable life. Sending our love.

— Daryl and Tanya Hunter (Woodhead), January 8, 2023

Rodney, Shawn,Shirley & families…so sorry to hear of the passing of a beautiful lady…Etta will be missed by many…She was a wonderful cousin to my Dad & we have so many fond memories that we will cherish forever. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all @ this sad time.

— Brian & Marilynne Adams, January 8, 2023

Our deepest sympathy to the entire family for the loss of Aunt Etta, a wonderful person we were all blessed to share time and memories with, she will be missed by the many of us who had the privilege to know her. Jim & Theresa Harper and Family

— Jim Harper, January 8, 2023

My sympathy to Ethel s family. Ethel was a beautiful lady with the loveliest smile. We always had the Keith hattle reunion in common, among our friendship at Mount Forest United Church.

— Barbara reeves, January 8, 2023

Ethal (Etta) was a wonderful person. I first met her at SS#3 Proton where we were both students in 1949. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Gillies and Ramsbottom families.
Marg Dally

— Margaret Dally, January 8, 2023

Rodney, Shawn, Shirley and families
So sorry for the loss of your mother. Our deepest sympathies, prayers and thoughts are with you.

— Margy and Ken Smart, January 8, 2023

Rod, Shawn, Shirley and grandchildren.
We are so sorry of the loss of such a wonderful lady. She held a special place in our hearts and we will forever cherish our many beautiful memories. Our kids adopted her as Gramma Ethel and she loved them as well. That special bond will never be forgotten. She gave so much love and so many loved her as well. Sending our deepest condolences, love and strength during this sad time. Donna, Paul, Wade & Shannon Green.

— Donna Green, January 8, 2023

Our deepest sympathy to the families. Thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow

— Karen Switzer and Jim Seifried, January 7, 2023

Rod, Shawn and Shirley we very sad to hear of your mom's passing. Our thoughts are with you. Always remember the good times

— Karen Rave, January 7, 2023

Friday morning coffee will never be the same, but thankfully the memories live on in all of us who enjoyed Ethel's company and baking! Hugs to all, Linda Dunk

— Linda Dunk, January 7, 2023

Our most heartfelt sympathy Shirley to you and your family on the loss of your dear Mother. Denise, Connor and Katie Mulloy.

— Denise Mulloy, January 7, 2023

Gillies family we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time . Carl & Wendy Abbott

— Carl & Wendy Abbott, January 7, 2023

Rodney, Shawn, Shirley and families.. I have wonderful memories living on the farm at Conn with your Mother. This is sad news. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

— Isabel Black Primmer, January 7, 2023

I had the honour to work, and ride to work with this wonderful, Kind hearted women. She was one of the Best. R.I.P. Ette.

— Brenda Officer, January 7, 2023

Dear Shirley, Rodney, Shawn, John, Melanie, Bradley and ALL of Ethel's wonderful family,
Sharing in your missing; celebrating a long, remarkable life with you!
We will always remember fondly Ethel's attentiveness, compassion, humour, warm heart - and pies!
She was the sweetest , most cuddly person! A life so well-lived; a woman forever to be well-loved.
Eternally, Ang and Roger

— Angela Macri and Roger Wettlaufer, January 7, 2023

Many thoughts of sympathy on the passing of your Mother and grandmother Her wonderful smile and friendly ways were always ready whenever we met. She cherished her loved ones deeply. May your wonderful memories comfort you at this trying time.
She will be missed by all who knew her.

— Marian Howes, January 7, 2023

Dear Shawn & your family,

We were so sorry to read of your Mum's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
May you feel the Lord's loving arms around you during this difficult time.

— Bryan & Sheryl Elliston, January 7, 2023

Sorry to hear about Etta’s passing. We always enjoyed chatting with her when we would see her. I think the last time we saw her was at the Turkey Dinner in Drayton a few years ago.

— Linda (Gillies) and Warren Jack, January 7, 2023

Rodney, Shirley and Family, please accept our deepest condolences on your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers, big hugs.

Debbie & Ken Reid

— Debbie Reid, January 6, 2023

Rod and family so very sorry to hear about your Mom. She was always so outgoing and we enjoyed a wonderful laugh with Etta whenever we met. Sending our deepest sympathy and prayers for each of you. Sincerely Al and Ruth McEachern

— Al and Ruth McEachern, January 6, 2023

Nothing but love from me. My condolences to all the family and her many friends. Rick Harper.

— Rick Harper, January 6, 2023

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