It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Ethel McGillivray on February 4th, 2014 in Nanaimo, BC. Predeceased by her parents Neil and Louise, husband Gordon, sister Betty and brothers Jim and John. Ethel is survived by her two children Grant McGillivray (Lisa) and Gail Matt (Bob), her five grandchildren, Jordan, Darren, Tanner, Jim and Katie, sister Julia, brother Archie, nieces Janeane and Cheryl MacGillivray (Brian) and many other family and friends. Born in Birch Hills, Saskatchewan she was raised on the family farm with her parents and 5 siblings. She received her teacher's diploma and eventually moved out West to start teaching in Nanaimo where she met her husband Gordon of 44 years. They settled in Cedar BC in 1957 and were true pioneers in the Cedar community. She enjoyed curling, travelling, and camping. Ethel was one of the founding members of the North Cedar Water Works District and was a very active member at St. Philip Cedar where she enjoyed many close friendships over the years. Ethel was a dedicated school teacher, teaching kindergarten at numerous Nanaimo schools including Fairview Elementary. She was a very active member of the Nanaimo Retired Teachers Association. She participated in many of her grandchildren's activities, and especially loved the ball field! We will miss Ethel's fierce independence, sense of humour, great cooking, and the warm welcome she extended to all. A celebration of Ethel's life will be held for family and friends at St. Philip Cedar Church, 1797 Cedar Road on Saturday February 8th at 11:00 AM. Donations in Ethel's memory may be made to the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Foundation Renal Unit.
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Published in Nanaimo Daily News and Harbour City Star from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, 2014