Ethelwyn Carkner


Peacefully in the excellent care of Carleton Lodge on February 19th, Ethelwyn Gladys (Barrie) Carkner, born in Cabri, Saskatchewan, in 1918, to Bert Barrie and Ethelwyn Owen Barrie. 

Ethelwyn grew up in Chesterville, where in 1939, she married the love of her life, Austin (d. 2000).

Ethelwyn was the loving and supportive mom to Anne Barkley (Ralph) of Williamsburg; Connie Barton (Phillip) of Brockville; Helen (Bernard Léveillé) of Gibsons BC; Arthur (Janet) of Ottawa and John (Lori) of Arnprior. 

She was proud grandma of David, Jamie (Michelle) and Chris Barkley; Julie Barton Mills (Ed) and Ellen Barton; Warren (Joanne) and Kent (Myette) Foster; Daniel (Indri), Andrew and Hugh Carkner, and Sam and Niall Carkner. 

Predeceased by grandson Peter Barton in 2008. 

Loving great-grandma of Djenka Bloom Barkley; Simon and Tim Barton; Evan and Cara Mills; Austin and Joe Limburg; Brianna Foster; and Phoebe and Sloane Foster. 

Beloved  sister of Isobel Maxey of Qualicum Beach, BC; predeceased by sister Helen Argyle and brother Bobbie Barrie. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

An inspiration to many, Ethelwyn is remembered with fondness and trepidation by generations of students (not to mention teachers) in the Osgoode and Metcalfe areas and the former Carleton Board of Education. She was the first female vice-principal with that Board. 

Ethelwyn was dear friend to many, especially Anita Weagant and Margaret Johnstone, and her friends in the Cass Bridge and Winchester areas. 

She was a lifelong volunteer, with the Sunshine Circle at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, which she helped to found and with Dundas County Community Living. She was also a Lifetime Provincial Hospital Auxiliary member. 

Ethelwyn was known as a tomboy in her youth, swimming and playing hockey among other sports, and she also loved to garden. 

Donations in her honour may be made to the Winchester Hospital Auxiliary – or her memory may be honoured simply by doing something that would make your mother proud. 

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Chesterville, on Friday from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. The service was conducted by Pastor Bud McKibbon. Spring interment will be at the Ormond Protestant Cemetery. 

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