Elizabeth Isabel Marsh 4
- Born: 30 Jul 1929, Auburn, Huron, Ontario, Canada 4
- Died: 28 Jan 2015, Goderich, Huron, Ontario, Canada at age 85 4
- Buried: 2015, Auburn, Huron, Ontario, Canada 4
Another name for Elizabeth was Betty Marsh.4
Event Description: Ball's Cemetery
Noted events in her life were:
• Grave Marker: Ball's Cemetery, 2015. 4 Auburn, Huron, Ontario, Canada
• Memorial, 2015. 4 Goderich, Huron, Ontario, Canada
Betty and her siblings all born in farm house near Auburn on Baselin e Road, now known as County Road 8. lot 4. The house was formerly he r grandparents, George and Kate (Collett) Marsh, before it was her par ents, Bert Marsh and Dora May Mogridge.
Betty had been most helpful in the giving of genealogical informatio n to family member far & wide over the last twenty years of her life . She had driven many family members past the old farm houses and to t he cemeteries were our ancestors are laid to rest.
Most of her adult life was spent teaching school in Halton County, th e Oakville and Burlington Schools near Toronto, Ontario. She taught 3 3 years and retired in 1985. For the last several years she has reside d in Goderich, Ontario near her sister, June Wallace and first-cousin , Wyn Bell, where Tim & Diane Rice have visited them many times.
Betty had survived breast cancer in the 1980's and it had returned i n later years, but slow growing and she took chemo in the form of a pi ll. She moved from her apartment building on Nelson St. in Goderich, H uron County, Ontario, Canada to an assistant living place in Goderich . She had fallen shortly after Christmas 2014 and had several fracture s of her cervical spine, ribs and pelvis. She was taken to the hospita l in London, Ontario where she stayed about a week and returned to God erich Place. Betty never complained and didn't remember falling, The n Betty suffering a stroke (CVA) on Jan 26 in the evening and she wa s taken to the hospital in Goderich. It was determined by the next da y that she didn't have too long to live. Her sister, June (Marsh) Wall ace and niece, Nita Wallace stayed with her until the end which was sh ortly after midnight and the date of death was put down as the 28th. S he had made all of her own final arrangements &had it all planned ou t long ago. She requested that there be no viewing of her body or fune ral. She was cremated and buried with her parents at Ball's Cemetery , near Auburn, Huron County, Ontario, Canada.
Christmas letter from Betty Marsh written in December 1999 from Goderi ch, Ontario, Canada
Here we are near the end of another century and life goes on as usua l in spite of all the millennium hype and the Y2K scare. I continue t o drive for Meals on Wheels with a change of venue which means a bit m ore driving. The nursing home that now supplies the food is on the oth er side of town while the former supplier was only four blocks away. H owever, in Goderich nothing is very far from anything else.
Still work in the hospital Gift Shop and Hair Shop. The new Auxiliar y President is a most capable and exuberant lady and we even have a fi rst and second vice president. The addition of new members helps me t o keep the Gift Shop schedule filled which makes my job as Personnel C onvener much easier.
Bowling continues each week with only four teams, but we enjoy the mil d exercise and social time. This year we have a special container fo r quarters each time a bowler does not get her average. I usually mak e two or three contributions a week.
Enjoyed the plays at Blyth, Grand Bend and Stratford as well as thre e productions at the Shaw Festival. June and I took a jaunt to Point P elle and other areas of interest and ended up in Niagara on the Lake w here we browsed through the shops and saw plays by Shaw, Noel Coward a nd Arthur Miller. We've had a Fall Film Series in town that provided f our shows that wouldn't ordinarily get to Goderich. It's to continue i n the new year as the response was a full theatre each time.
The Burlington Gang had its first break when one of our members died i n October. We are now ten but still get together most months. One 87 y ear old has just bought herself a new car. How's that for optimism.
The highlight of the year was the 50th reunion of my Normal School yea r which was attended by 39 former class mates at the Festival Inn at S tratford. Just received my copy of a group picture so the next job i s to try to put names to faces. Strange how everyone has aged - excep t me!
Our minister of 20 years retired in July and the associate minister we nt to another pastoral charge in June. We have an interim team for a y ear while a Search Committee hunts for permanent replacements. The con gregation is finding some of the changes being made hard to take but h ere's hoping people will accept the challenge and move into the future .
My sister, Helen, was here form Wisconsin in August. She is in the pro cess of change as she has reserved a condo in a not-yet-built retireme nt community with levels of assistance as needed. She'll put her hous e on the market, so I hope to get to Madison in the spring before it' s sold.
My 85 year old cousin, Winnie, sold her big old brick house after 40 p lus years and moved to an apartment in September. So far, she is happ y with the change and didn't miss raking leaves a bit. She is still ve ry active, so we hope she doesn't get cabin fever this winter. June an d I are invited to her new home for Christmas as she enjoys left over s almost as much as the Christmas dinner.
June and I both had surgery this summer but are back to all the norma l routines. June had a bowel tumor removed and I had a lung tumor take n out. Neither of us required further treatment but I'm on a cancer dr ug for an extended period of time with visits to the Cancer Clinic i n London every three months. June's daughter was here for three week s to help us through the recuperation stages.
In November we attended a dinner and quilt auction in Stratford. The 1 36 quilts and wall hangings had been made as a fund raiser for breas t cancer. In three hours all were sold for over $80,000.00 and one o f them looks lovely on my spool bed. It was a fun event and most rewar ding for the breast cancer survivor who originated the idea.
I hope that 1999 has been a good year for you and yours. May good heal th and pleasant events fill the year ahead.
Bet you're all ready for Christmas and have had everything done well i n advance now that Tim is retired. Laugh here! Hope you're enjoying yo ur freedom from the daily grind, Tim. In spite of my brown thumb I'v e managed to save four plants from that lovely green garden you sent t his summer so it was a real long term gift. Have a Happy Christmas. Be tty."
Christmas letter December 2000,
Greeting from Goderich where life goes on at its usual pace - fast! Se ems like last week that I wrote December 1999 on last year's letter.
Volunteering continues with Meals on Wheels, church activities and th e Hospital Auxiliary, our Gift Shop has new coordinators so lots of ch anges have been made. The shop has been renovated, there is a greate r variety of stock and hours have been changed and increased. Had to m ake a whole new schedule but once again new members have filled the va cancies. The Hair Shop has been temporarily closed because of lack o f customers. In November, June (Wallace) and another member received L ife Memberships at the Auxiliary Convention in Toronto, so I went alon g to help celebrate the event.
Have changed bowling leagues and now bowl with the Seniors' League whi ch fills all twelve lanes. So far I'm on the spare list but hope to ge t a permanent spot. Spares are in demand so I haven't missed a week ye t.
Our church now has a husband/wife ministerial team and they are terrif ic. Now if we could just find an organist. Thank goodness there ar e a couple of retired ones who can fill in.
Visited Helen (Marsh) in Madison, (Wisconsin) in May and she came to G oderich for a few days in June. She has sold her house and moved t o a condo with her fifteen year old dog who isn't very happy with th e change. Several tenants have offered their services as dog sitters w hen Helen goes out otherwise Scamp barks when left alone.
He is improving so hope he soon becomes acclimatized.
It was a busy summer with all the events in Goderich as well as summe r theatre in Blyth, Grand Bend and Stratford. My niece and her husban d (Nita & Ron Mikell) were here from Arizona and my nephew, his wife a nd five year old son (John, Brenda & Craig Wallace) from Halifax wer e here for a week.
The highlight of the year was an All Year's Reunion at the Goderich Hi gh School in July. IT was three years in the planning stage and wa s a huge success with graduates returning from all parts of Canada an d beyond. I was very glad that name tags were provided as some class m ates hadn't been seen for fifty-two years.
June (Wallace) and I took a four day jaunt around the Bruce peninsul a in October. The Beaver Valley was a riot of colour and we tramped th rough woods, climbed up and down gorges and visited the Scenic Caves a t Collingwood.
Started Keep Fit classes at the Senior Centre this fall but it's not v ery strenuous. I'ts mainly stretching rather than cardio-vascular acti vities. I think I get more exercise helping June rake leaves on her co rner lot.
Attended the Quilt Auction in Stratford again this year. 156 quilts an d wall hangings were sold in three hours, 68 by silent auction and 8 8 by live auction. $106, 135.00 was raised for breast cancer research.
Have been attending all the local bazaars and their soup/sandwich/dess ert lunches. Have my fridge freezer full of other people's turkey pie s and baked goods so I'm ready to hibernate.
The I.O.D.E. sponsored a Christmas House Tour for the first time in Go derich. Five Houses were beautifully decorated, but one lady said "Nev er again" as she found it a lot of work and activity that she wasn't u sed to having in her quiet life. June's house was on the summer Hous e Tour in July but no special decorating was needed for that. It poure d rain that day so people carried their shoes in plastic bags as the y toured.
I'm glad to report that June and I are both just great and will likel y enjoy Christmas dinner at Ben Miller Inn this year. The only disadva ntage to that is no left overs for Boxing Day.
Best wishes for a pleasant holiday season and health and peace to yo u and yours in 2001."