A resident of the Morris Glen Court in Morrisburg for the past 10 years, Goldie Britton passed away suddenly there on Sunday, April 2, 2017. She was 67.
Goldie was born September 27th, 1949 in Belleville, Ontario to her parents Ralph and Stella Smith (nee Gallivan).
When her Dad took a job at Dupont in the early fifties, the family moved to the Spencerville area.
Eastern Ontario is where Goldie grew up, was married and called home. Goldie had a love for dogs. On the farm, dogs and cats belonged outside or in the barn, but Goldie had a dachshund that was allowed to stay in the house.
By today’s standards Goldie married young in 1967.
Her husband Art worked at Dupont before joining Ontario Hydro as a nuclear mechanic.
His job took them to Deep River and then to Oshawa and Bowmanville. Tragedy struck the family in the spring of 1986 when Art died as a result of an accident.
It was devastating news for both the Smith and Britton families, but it was especially difficult for Goldie and the boys. Art was very involved in the boys’ lives. Goldie had to assume a lot of responsibilities that Art had managed.
It was overwhelming for her at times, but she persevered and did the best she could.
After her father passed away, Goldie decided to move to Morrisburg in 1989, so that she could be closer to her Mom. Several years after moving to Morrisburg Goldie discovered that she had a significant brain tumor.
The surgery was very long and difficult, but she survived with only the loss of the ability to smell. Her recovery from surgery took months. She had to re-learn basic life skills again.
Fortunately, the Robin Easy Rehabilitation Centre was there to help her with her recovery. They provided an amazing service and follow-up support. Goldie was a thoughtful, friendly and giving person. No one ever left empty handed from her home.
She enjoyed a good laugh and time spent with family, especially enjoying board games.
She was a very devoted and loving mother and grandmother. Goldie surrounded herself with pictures of the special people in her life; David, Kevin, Darryl, Connie, Jennifer, Kendall, Jax and Zoey. Some of her boys’ fondest memories are of family trips to a cottage in Minden, Ontario. Goldie enjoyed playing Kismet with her parents at the trailer near Smiths Falls.
Goldie will be remembered fondly as being very family oriented, always remembering birthdays and taking the time to send a card.
She loved the simple things in life – appreciating the little things and making everyday count. Goldie is survived by her children David Britton (Connie) of Grafton, Kevin Britton of Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Darryl Britton (Jennifer) of R.R.# 1 Iroquois and her brother Steven Smith (Sandi) of Dorchester. Goldie will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Jax, Kendall and Zoey.
She was predeceased by her parents Ralph and Stella Smith (nee Gallivan), her husband Arthur and her brothers Garry, Wayne and Robert Smith. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Thursday, April 6th from 11 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. which was conducted by Rev. Feras Shamas.
Interment will be at Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston. Pallbearers were David Britton, Kevin Britton, Darryl Britton, Kendall Britton, Jax Britton, Zoey Britton and Steve Smith. Donations to the Robin Easy Rehabilitation Centre would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences at marsdenmclaughlin.com.