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WRIGHT - Myrtle Ellen (Hutcheson) Wright passed away peacefully on March 11, 2017 in Nanaimo, British Columbia in her 102nd year. She was born October 23, 1915 at the Putnam farm to George and Mabel (Rath) Hutcheson, the youngest of their three children. She was predeceased by her husband, George A. Wright (2002), and brothers, John Russell (2006) and Homer Llewellyn (1926). Myrtle grew up at the farm near Putnam and attended public school there. Then for high school, she and others took the train to Woodstock. Graduating too young to attend Normal School, she spent a year helping on the farm, raising a calf, studying on her own and writing the associated exams at Beck. From 1933 to 1934, she attended Normal School, she took courses in Dorchester the next winter, then taught at Lane’s from 1935 to 1940. During this time, she also took classes from Western to earn her permanent certificate. From 1940 to 1943, she taught at Nilestown, from 1943 to 1945 at Governor Simcoe School in London and in the summer of 1944 at the Normal School. In 1945, she was married at the Putnam farm to George Wright. They settled in Nilestown to start their married life. George had a variety of businesses, and Myrtle helped manage them. Myrtle and George built a new house on their property in 1979 with an address on Wright St., a newly named street on what had been their property. She was gifted with all types of hand work - sewing, knitting, tatting, crocheting and quilting and was also a most accomplished gardener. She contributed in many ways to the community - as a member of the Women’s Institute and the United Church Women, writer for the Tweedsmuir History, leader of Mission Band and volunteer for church suppers and other activities. Ever independent, Myrtle lived on her own in the village with the dedicated help of her daughter Ruth and son Howard until 2014. Then, at the age of 98, she and Ruth moved to British Columbia. She was always interested in what was going on in the world - still watching her CBC News on the day she died. Myrtle was the loving mother of Keith (Diane Robertson), Lois (Fred Hawkes), Howard (Lynn Perry) and Ruth (Duncan MacPhee). She was grandmother to Amber Shron (Jhad Friesen), Jordan (Emma) Wright, Larissa Hawkes, Josh Wright, Elliot Hawkes (Hattie Bluestone), Mathias MacPhee and Graham Hawkes and great-grandmother to Cayden Friesen and Ella Friesen. She is fondly remembered by her sister-in-law, Rhoda Wright, many nieces and nephews and caregivers Brent and Natasha Keeping and her dear Nancy. In memory of her long, full and giving life, all are invited to a reception in her honour at the Belmont United Church, 247 College St., Belmont, on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. A private interment service is being held at another time.
WEARNE - peacefully at his residence with his family by his side on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Gary Wearne of Dorchester in his 73rd year. Beloved husband and best friend of Penny (nee Plowman). Dear father of Stephen Wearne (wife Sharon) of Mississauga and Michael Wearne (wife Laura) of London. Loving “Grandpa Gary” of Leah, Kaleese, Allison and Harper. Brother of Joyce Palmer (Jack Arnold) of Dorchester. Brother-in-law of Marilyn Fenton (husband Doug) and Ken Davidson, all of London. Uncle of Adrienne, Shelley, Ed, Lisa (husband Alex), Scott (wife Tracey), Jay (Dawn), Richard and William. Predeceased by his parents, the late Howard and Eva (Dundas) (Harris) Wearne. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Gary’s life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Donnybrook Branch #513, 1227 Donnybrook Drive, Dorchester on Sunday, June 25 between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., with Words of Remembrance at 2 p.m. A Memorial Service under the direction of the Dorchester Lions Club will be held at 2:30 p.m. If any of Gary’s friends has a vintage or historic automobile, you are welcome to bring it to the celebration of life to honour Gary’s memory. Memorial contributions to the Dorchester Lions Club would be appreciated. (Bieman Funeral Home, 3970 Hamilton Road, Dorchester, ON N0L 1G0, 519-268-7672, in charge of the arrangements.) Online condolences may be made through biemanfuneralhome@outlook.com.

 

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