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ETHEL MAY WYNN COURTNEY November 4, 1930 - January 1, 2013 It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of our adored mother, Ethel Courtney, on January 1, 2013. Mom has gone to be with her beloved husband, Don, who she has missed dearly since his death at the end of April. Ethel passed away peacefully at home, with her children by her side. Ethel May Wynn Bird was born to Charles and Margaret Bird of Stratford, Ontario, on November 4, 1930. She was the youngest sister to Bailey, Pearl and John; all have predeceased her. Ethel was a great friend to Don's siblings as well as her in-laws: Irene Bird, Allan Tyndall and Delores Bird and will be missed greatly by all of them, along with her many nieces and nephews. Ethel married Donald Courtney on June 25, 1955. Mom made her six children her life. She engrained in us life's most important lessons and the finest of family values. Mom will be missed tremendously by her children and their spouses: Lorie and Mike Brooks, Christine and Tony Wing, Joanne Courtney and Wayne Sexton, Donald and Brenda Courtney and David and Carolyn Courtney; and all her 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Her son Chuck and grandson Bradley Brooks were waiting with Dad, to be reunited with Mom in their eternal lives. Ethel made many precious friendships as she travelled the country with Dad; Don moved often in his career. Once a friend, always a friend to Mom. She was indeed sad to leave many friends behind and they will miss her dearly. Thank you Dr. Brian Wilson for 10 years of outstanding, compassionate care. Thanks also to the exceptional PSWs and nurses (from Dufferin County Bayshore Palliative Care), Cecilia and Christine, Rhonda and Yasmin for treating our mother with great dignity and in assisting us in keeping our mother at home til the end. Donations can be made, in lieu of flowers, to Pancreatic Cancer Canada (in honour of Ethel's husband). In memory of Ethel, please visit and leave a message for her family. The family will receive friends at the Dods & MCNair Funeral Home & Chapel, 21 First St., Orangeville (519-941-1392), on Friday, January 4, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 42 Dawson Rd., Orangeville. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Published in the Toronto Star on Jan. 3, 2013
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