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Susan Powell

SUSAN POWELL Born in Glasgow, Scotland, November 24, 1921, died peacefully in Hamilton, Ontario, September 7, 2011. Beloved wife of the late George Powell. Sorely missed by her son Lawrence Powell of Calgary, Alberta. She will also be missed by her brother-in-law Roy Powell, her sisters-in-law Irene Powell and Emma McBride, numerous nephews and nieces around the world and the many friends that she made wherever she went. Susan, one of six brothers and sisters, was raised in Glasgow and came to Canada in the early fifties of the last century to marry George, another transplanted Glaswegian. She loved her new home and she and George had many happy years together in Toronto and later in Mount Hope in a marriage marked by unfailing devotion, affection and great good humour. Susan was active in her parish of St. Gabriel's and also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the Canadian Red Cross. A devoted but unfussy home-maker, she took great delight in indulging her taste in decorating. She loved to travel and she and George roamed as far as New Zealand and Zimbabwe. She was always ready to try something new and was immensely proud of learning to drive and gaining her licence when she was in her fifties. She was invariably cheerful and good-hearted, had an ever-active, irreverent sense of humour and was always quick to see the funny side of any predicament that she found herself in. Susan was very fond of animals and any that came across our threshold could be sure of the best of treatment, from tortoises to her beloved cats. Mysteries and a nightly glass of Scotch were other indulgences. Disability later in life greatly circumscribed her mobility, but she bore this uncomplainingly, her greatest concern, to the end, being that she not be a burden for others. The family is immensely grateful to the staff and volunteers of The Meadows and of Carrington Place in Ancaster, for providing Susan with such devoted care and pleasant, welcoming surroundings in her last years. The staff of the Cardiac Care Unit of St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton, must also be thanked for their compassionate care of her during her last hours. Friends will be received at the Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home "Ancaster Chapel", 378 Wilson St. E., Ancaster, Ontario (905-648-3852), on Sunday, September 11th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church (Fiddlers Green and Wilson St. W., Ancaster, Ontario) on Monday, September 12th at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. If you desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions to Covenant House or to your local Humane Society would be appreciated. An online book of condolences is available to sign at www.db-ancaster.ca


Published in the Toronto Star on Sept. 10, 2011
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