DANBY, Gillian Beryl (nee Furze)
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October 4, 1939 - February 16, 2013
Peacefully at the Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital on Saturday morning, February 16, 2013 at the age of 73. Gill, born in England to Wilfred and Ethel Furze, immigrated to Canada with her family in 1972. Wife and partner of Roger for 50 years, mother of Jonathan and Melinda and grandmother to beloved Jalal and Khadije. Gill is survived by her sister Janet (England) and brother Nicholas (B.C.) who have been a great comfort to her. Her friends were all so important and supportive over these last difficult months. Thank you to John (Danby), Joyce, Eileen and Leah, Dorothy, Linda, Elizabeth, Judy, Dianne, Valerie, Gwen, Margy, Barbara, Cari, Marilyn and Allen, Rosanna, David and Allison, Lois, Katherine, Victoria. Gill worked for the Anglican dioceses in Bristol and Wells, UK before her family arrived. She lived with her family in Greece, Scotland, Vancouver, London, England before immigrating to Canada, settling in the wonderful farming community of Lochwinnoch, where the family operated their farm for 15 years. Gill had a large vegetable garden and 5 acres of "pick your own strawberries". When we moved to Arnprior, Gill developed her passion for perennial flowers and rock plants on a peninsula of the Canadian Shield jutting into the Madawaska River. She had numerous garden tours and her garden was featured in the Ottawa quarterly magazine. She also had many plant sales for the Stephan Lewis Foundation for aids in Africa. Gil was an avid reader and a great supporter of the Arnprior Library and the Arnprior Book Shop. She belonged to the Madawaska Book Club, Ottawa Rock Garden Society and the Royal Horticultural Society (England). She formed the Conversational Garden group (wine and garden chat) and the winter Scrabble group when she could not be in her garden. Finally she belonged to the Stratford Girls who made the annual pilgrimage to get their fill of Shakespeare.
The Boyce Funeral Home
Chapel, Visitation and Reception Centre
138 Daniel Street N. Arnprior
on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 1-3 p.m. A memorial service celebrating the life of Gillian Danby will be held at 3: p.m. in The Boyce Chapel conducted by Reverend Canon Allen Box. Immediately following the service, you are invited to a reception in The Boyce reception Centre to continue with a "wine and chat". Cremation will take place after the service with burial in early July to observe the fruits of Gill's Garden labours. Donations in place of flowers will go to Gill's favored charities: Doctors Without Borders, World Vision, Primates World Relief Fund, Ottawa Civic Hospital and the Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital where she received great care from all the doctors and nursing staff.
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Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Feb. 18, 2013