A lifetime resident of the area, Gail Kelly passed away suddenly at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, August 17, 2011. She was 65.
Gail was born in Williamsburg, on July 19, 1946, to her parents Stuart and Ethel Saddlemire (nee Newbury) and raised on the family farms.
The first farm was located west of Aultsville. In 1955, when everyone was being relocated during “The Seaway Project”, the family, which consisted of Judy, Gail, Art, Marg, and Chuck, bought a farm east of Williamsburg, which is now part of “Cedar Glen Golf Course”. Chuck was a baby then, and Stan and Paul were born in the coming years.
Gail attended school at S.S #4 East Williamsburg in her early years, then Bouck’s Hill Public, and later Morrisburg High School.
Following high school, she married Lee Kelly on June 26th, 1965. Gail and Lee lived in the Morrisburg area, and Gail worked at Iroquois Linen Mill, then in the bakery at Mr. Grocer.
After she retired from the bakery, she cleaned a few days a week for people in the area, where she made many more lifelong friends. She providing baby-sitting for some of her friends, loving the kids as if they were her own.
Later Gail volunteered at the Hartford (along with her devoted dogs, first Charlie, and later Buddy), calling Bingo numbers, and visiting with the residents. She volunteered at the Food Bank on Monday mornings for numerous years, which added to her growing list of friends.
Gail was an animal lover and enjoyed animal shows on television.
Some of her best times were when she could have a get-together with her family and friends. She enjoyed camping at Upper Canada Campsite every weekend with Lee and her faithful pal Buddy, her baby sister Marj and brother-in-law Jack and many others who became her friends too.
When she was home you often saw her doing crafts, and she loved making homemade bread, and keeping a spotless home.
Gail was proud of all her nieces and nephews, and excited when a new baby was welcomed to her Kelly and Saddlemire families. She was an easy going person, and always looked for the good in people, which was why she had so many friends from all walks of life.
Gail attended St. James Anglican Church in Morrisburg with her friend Myrna quite often, and also attended other churches in the area.
Gail, Lee and Buddy had moved recently to a home on Farlinger Ave. in Morrisburg, where she had became great friends with her neighbor Patty Bilmer and her family. She visited them regularly, often discussing CSI episodes which had been televised the night before. As she had purchased her first computer, Patty’s boys were a great help showing her how to run the “darned thing”. Gail loved to stop and chat with all the other neighbours she met when she walked Buddy every afternoon or evening, rain or shine.
Gail’s passing leaves another big hole in her family and her big smile will be missed by all who knew her. Gail’s was a good life, well lived, everyone should be so loved.
We love you Gail, see you in the sunshine.
No farewell words were spoken,
No time to say goodbye,
You were gone before we knew it,
And only God can tell us why.
Gail is survived by her husband Lee, her siblings Judy Barkley of Williamsburg, Marge (Jack) Vanderveen of Williamsburg, Chuck of Williamsburg, Stan of Winchester and Paul (Jen) of Cornwall. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Art. Gail is also survived by her devoted dog Buddy, and by many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Monday, August 22nd at 11 a.m., with Rev. Sue McCullough officiating.
A beautiful eulogy was given by her friend and neighbour Patty. Cremation followed.
Donations to the Ontario SPCA would be appreciated by the family.