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Mary Elleda Macdonald
May 17, 1919
January 25, 2019
Mary Elleda Macdonald of Christie Gardens, Cedarvale Park Neighbourhood, Toronto, died January 25th, 2019 in Toronto, aged 99. Born in Huron Township on May 17, 1919, she was the daughter of Adam and Margaret Ann (Cameron) MacDonald. She is survived by 7 nieces and nephews: Robert (Lillian Johnson) Cottrill, Kincardine; Margaret (Jon Wolfson) Cottrill, East Lansing, Michigan; Val (Jane Hietveld) Cottrill, Waterloo; John (Susan Sutaroska) MacLennan, Scarborough; Murray (Rosemary Kelleher- MacLennan) MacLennan, Campbellford; Joan (Don Hunter) MacLennan, Etobicoke, and Jane (Andrew Davies) Cottrill, Toronto; and great nieces and nephews: Adam (Anji Lewis) Cottrill. Tara; Matthew (Kathy Brooks) Cottrill, Kincardine; Sarah (Josh McSweeney) Hunter; Andrea (Andreas Link) Hunter, Hamilton; Katie (Phil Hagel) Hunter, Toronto; Mary MacLennan and Michael MacLennan, both of Toronto; Amy Jo ( MacLennan) Doherty Campbellford; James (Shelly Marsh) Cottrill, Acton, Martha (Bryan Fedorak) Cottrill; Anna (Scott Allan) Wolfson and Rachael Wolfson, both of Boston; and several great great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, her sisters and brothers-in-laws, Marjorie (Jim Cottrill) of Kincardine, Lyla (Grant MacLennan) of Listowel and nieces Mary-Anne MacLennan, and Emily Cottrill. Mary graduated from normal school in Stratford in 1937 and taught in several one-room schools, as well as in Kincardine, prior to taking a teaching job in the Borough of York in 1945 at Humewood. Mary received her BA in 1963 and master of education in 1969 from the University of Toronto. Mary was Vice Principal at Charles E Webster school from 1961 until moving to the F.H. Miller school as Principal in 1966. In 1972, Mary moved to the D.B. Hood school and remained there until her retirement in 1978. Her colleagues recognized her leadership abilities, and noted that her talent for music and love of reading contributed to the development of many exceptional school programs. Following retirement, Mary was active in the International Reading Association as its Ontario Co-Ordinator. Contribution to community was important to Mary. She was actively involved in the United Church of Canada and served as an elder of the Bloor Street United Church in Toronto. Mary travelled extensively in North and South America, Europe and Scandinavia. A scholarship, administered by University Women’s Club, where Mary was an active member, has been established to ensure that her memory will live on in another young woman. The funeral will be held at the MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home in Ripley on Wednesday, January 30, 2019; visitation at 1:30, service at 2:30 p.m. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society, Christie Gardens, and Bloor Street United Church, or the charity of your choice. The family extends heartfelt thanks to the staff at Christie Gardens for the wonderful care over the last number of years.
Christie Gardens, Toronto
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 Alzheimer Society of Grey Bruce
 Bloor Street United Church
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Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral on Wednesday from 1:30 -2:30 pm.
MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home, Ripley, ON
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January 30,2019-2:30 pm
MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home, Ripley, ON
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Ripley Cemetery, Ripley, ON
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