A resident of the Woodland Villa in Long Sault for the past three years, Lorna Marcellus passed away there on Tuesday, April 9 , 2013. She was 84.
Lorna was born in Aultsville, on August 24, 1928, to her parents Edward and Alice Canough (nee Gillard).
On July 2, 1947, at Aultsville, she married Dale Marcellus and together they had one daughter Dianna.
Lorna’s 35 year teaching career began in Avonmore at a one room school house while she boarded near by. Upon marrying Dale, she moved to his home farm.
The local schools of Archer, Hosaic and Cass Bridge kept Lorna occupied until she moved farther afield to Leeds and Grenville. While working for that school board, she occupied the positions of teacher, vice-principal and principal.
Lorna returned to SD&G and shortened her commute considerably while teaching at Elma. She completed her career at Maple Ridge Senior Public School.
Lorna also contributed voluntarily to curriculum writing committees and the team for teachers’ contract negotiations.
Through the years, Lorna also worked on the farm milking, haying, drawing chickens, gardening, preserving and cooking dinners for the extended family.
She could not be matched when it came to preparing holiday meals at the farm, or cottage. No meal was ready for consumption unless there was a favourite dish included for everyone in attendance. Dessert consisted of squares, cakes and pies all made by her hand.
Retirement brought the cottage at Graham Lake where the smaller kitchen had no effect upon the volume and variety of food available.
After selling the farm, Lorna and Dale moved to an apartment on Rae Road, then to the Hartford. Lorna later moved by herself to Woodland Villa.
Lorna is survived by her daughter Dianna (Jim) Moffat of R.R.# 2 Ingleside; her siblings Lenora Salmon of Ingleside, Rita Canough of R.R.# 3 Ingleside and Shirley (John) Fawcett of Ingleside; by her sister-in-law Dallas Canough of Graham Lake.
Lorna will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Maeghan (Nathaniel) Miller, Gregor Moffat (Mary Proudfoot) and great-grandchildren Alexander Moffat, Nicholas Moffat, Rey Miller and Janie Miller. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Dale, her brother David Canough and her brother-in-law Lorne Salmon.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Monday from 7-10 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. The service was conducted by Rev. Steven Silverthorne. Spring interment of cremated remains will be at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville.
Donations to Christ Church in Long Sault would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.