Deneldia Ruth McKoy


A longtime resident of Morrisburg, Deneldia Ruth McKoy  (Grandma Dee), passed away peacefully on Friday, January 8, 2016, with daughters Sheila McHaffie and Barbara Laurin at her side.  

Born Deneldia Ruth Coughler in Osnabruck, Stormont County on August 2, 1928, Deneldia lived on Victoria Street in Morrisburg for many years.For the past 16 years, she lived at Parisien Manor in Cornwall, where she was much loved and cared for by the staff.

Deneldia married Charles Gilbert White (“Gibby”) of Cornwall, Ontario in 1948.  Gibby served in the Canadian army until 1963, and during his tenure in the army, the family traveled across Canada living on several army bases and also lived in Germany twice.  

Deneldia and her daughter Barbara returned to Deneldia’s family (Andrew and Pearl Coughler and her eldest daughter Sheila McHaffie) of Morrisburg when Gibby was killed in a car crash in Germany in 1963.

Residents of Morrisburg will remember Deneldia for her quick wit, hearty laugh and easy smile when she worked as a waitress at a local restaurant. She also worked at Caldwell  Linen Mills where she made friends easily and enjoyed her work. 

In 1964, Deneldia married Gordon McKoy of Morrisburg. 

Deneldia’s family will always remember her generosity, kindness and fairness – her fudge, Rice Krispie squares, care packages and the love and pride she felt for her grandchildren, Laurie Patterson and Jean-Paul Laurin.  

Staff at Heritage Manor and Parisien Manor fondly remember and appreciated Deneldia for her participation in assisting with the “old people” at the home, helping in the daily housekeeping chores and offering a second pair of hands where needed.

Her love of babies and children, and her ability to speak with the birds at Parisien Manor made her a welcome addition to the family there.

Deneldia was predeceased by her parents, Andrew and Pearl (nee Froats) Coughler; sisters Aileen and Beulah Coughler, Lillian Brunet; and brothers Miles, John, Nelson, Basil and Wendell Coughler.  She was also predeceased by her nieces Rita, Shirley, Marlene, Yvonne, Patsy, Anna and nephew Charles.

Her surviving sister, Joyce Bellefontaine resides at Heartwood Home in Cornwall. 

Deneldia is survived by her daughters, Sheila and Barbara; by her grandchildren Laurie Patterson (Derick) and Jean-Paul Laurin (Josée); and by her great-grandchildren, Logan and  Griffin Patterson, and Maxim and Renée Laurin, in addition to several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on January 13, 2016, with the Reverend Jon Martin officiating.  Spring interment of her cremated remains will be at the Finch Community Cemetery.  

Donations to the War Amps and/or the Canadian Mental Health Association would be greatly appreciated by the family.  Online condolences were received at

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