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Mary Hetherington

Mary Evelyn Hetherington (Gaskin)

Saturday, June 29th, 1929 - Sunday, July 5th, 2020
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MARY EVELYN HETHERINGTON (nee Gaskin)
June 29th, 1929-July 5th, 2020
Mary passed away peacefully in her 92nd year on July 5th, 2020 at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital. Loving wife and best friend to Jay Hetherington. Proud mother to Jerry (Darlene) Hetherington, Wanda VanRybroeck (Jim), Frank Hetherington, and Rose Couse, predeceased by son-in –law Alan Couse. Much loved grandmother to Lori, Jacquie (Steve), Jeff (Katie), Nadine, Chris, David (Lauren) and Gerad (Cassy). Cherished great-grandmother to Cassy, Zach (Keyanna), Lily, Jamie, Jack, Braxton, Brodie, Bree and Jacob, and extremely proud great grandmother to the newest member of her family Mila Evelyn Rose. Mary was born in Courtland to Fred and Lillian (nee Lovell) Gaskin. She was predeceased by sisters, Freda (Roy) Graves, Grace (Carl) Grant and brothers and sisters-in-law, Lee (Donna) Hetherington, June (Jim) Lowe, Verna (Don) Graydon, Jean (Jerry) Waechter, and Floyd Roberts. She is survived by sisters Daisy Roberts and Dorothy (Larry) Schroeder. Mary was a loving aunt and great aunt to many nieces and nephews, and over the years, she loved and mentored many friends , who became part of her extended family. Mary worked hard over the years, initially on the tobacco farm, where she and Jay started their family, and later after moving to Tillsonburg, she worked for Meharg Laundry, then later for Tip Top Cleaners. After retiring she had more time for her favourite hobbies, knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, and baking birthday cakes for the many family parties she hosted. Visiting with her immediate and extended family brought her the most joy. Due to the on-going Covid Crisis, there will be a private family graveside service with Rev. Lynne Allin officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to any of the following: The Canadian Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association, The Alzheimer’s Society or a charity of your choice and may be made by contacting Ostrander’s Funeral Home. Friends and relatives are invited to show their support by sending special heartfelt tributes, and hugs from home in memory of Mary to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com.
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Lynda Ouellette

Posted at 06:26pm
On behalf of Ron (& late Joan) Labelle and family, we want to extend our condolences to Jay and the rest of the family. My parents met Mary & Jay at Harvest and were lucky enough to be their dining partners, as well as upstairs neighbours. Mary always had a smile and was a very sweet soul. May the memories you have of her give you peace at this time. Hugs to Jay.
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Elaine McLaren

Posted at 08:45am
Our visits over the years with Aunt Mary and Uncle Jay have meant so much to me and my family. I will always remember Aunt Mary's smile. She was so proud of her family and would update us on what was going on. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Uncle Jay and the whole family as they mourn her passing. Elaine McLaren & Family
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Ellen Powell

Posted at 08:16am
We were so saddened by the news of Mary's passing. She was a wonderful neighbor who always greeted us with her magnetic smile and infectious laugh. She will be greatly missed. Another Angel has spread her wings! Ellen and Marty Powell
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Karen Baird

Posted at 07:01pm
Jay, Wanda, Rose and family. On behalf of Alice Ross and family we wish you our sincerest condolences. Your mother was not only a loyal employee until she retired from Tip Top but she taught me what hard work looked like. I’m sure I was 11 when my dad took me to work alongside and learn from Mary. I worked with her as you know for many years. We had so many laughs and she was always there for me to talk with if I needed support. She was a wonderful women that raised a wonderful family. I am so grateful to have known her. Wishing you and your family all the best during these difficult times.
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herve rancourt

Posted at 03:41pm
My deepest sympathy to the family. HERVE CLAUDETTE Rancourt
 

Ralph Hugh Posted at 10:10am

So sorry too hear of the passing of an old friend that Mary was to the Goftons. Take care Jay and the rest of the family. Bill and Harriet Gofton Steve and Mary Gofton.
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