D. Volaine Hodgins (nee Rilett)
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Kinloss Community Centre on Saturday July 20, 2024 at 11:00 AM.
A Private interment service at Alvinston Cemetery.

Alvinston Cemetery.
In Memory of
D. Volaine Hodgins (nee Rilett)
May 6th, 1927 - July 7th, 2024

Place of Death

Brucelea Haven, Walkerton, Ontario.


D. Volaine Hodgins (nee Rilett) died peacefully at Brucelea Haven in Walkerton on July 7, 2024 at the age of 97 in the company of family.

Born May 6, 1927 in Enniskillen Township, Volaine grew up in the city of Windsor. Travelling west, she met her husband of 38 years, James Hodgins. They married and returned home to Westford to settle on the farm and raise their family.

Volaine had a 40 year career as a Registered Nurse working in several hospitals retiring from The County of Bruce General Hospital in Walkerton after 30 years of service. She was the union representative for the Ontario Nurses Association from its inception. After retirement, she sat on the Walkerton hospital board until amalgamation. She met yearly with her nursing Class of ‘53 from Memorial Hospital in St. Thomas for 70 years.

She loved to travel, going around the world stopping in over 60 countries and wandering all over North America. She was a visitor and instilled in her family a love of adventure and the importance of staying close.

Her creativity is demonstrated in the sewing, quilting and crafts of all kinds which she shared with others. Time was spent colouring and painting on canvas, ceramics and stained glass. The community sports of figure skating and baseball benefitted from her participation and organizational skills. Volaine was a member of the Anglican Church of the Ascension in Kinlough and a lifetime member of the Eastern Star. She was independent and turned her hand to many activities. She was always willing to give things a try.

Volaine, an inspiring mum, is survived by two daughters, Tammara Hodgins of Westford and Michele Barr and son-in-law Murray Barr of Kinlough. Loved by grandsons Kyle and Chad Barr also of Kinlough. She is remembered by her sister Rovie Elmes of Ripley, her brother Larry Rilett and wife Bonnie of Harrow, sister-in-law Mary Rilett of Windsor, brother-in-law Doug Teixera of Langly, B.C. as well as 16 nieces and nephews and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by her cousins and long-time friends.

She is predeceased by her husband James Hodgins, her parents Russ and Annie (Brown) Rilett, parents-in-law Thomas and Agnes (McCue) Hodgins, two brothers Laurence Rilett and Eloy Rilett, brother-in-law Len Elmes, and two sisters-in-law Reenie Rilett and Irlma Teixera.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Kinloss Community Centre on July 20, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Private interment in Alvinston Cemetery.

Donations to the hospital foundation of your choice would be appreciated.



Please select one of the family's preferred charities:

  Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation

 Wingham & District Hospital Foundation

 Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation

 Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation

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Message from Judy Sloan2024-07-14 22:35:09
Tammara and Michele and family, sincere sympathy on the passing of your dear mom and grandma Volaine. I have good memories of working with your mom at County of Bruce General Hospital. She was a good nurse and inspiring at all she could accomplish. Remember her sewing a dress for the hospital party and finishing it just in time! You are in my thoughts and prayers
Message from John Schnurr2024-07-13 05:55:52
Tammara & family, cherish your memories with your mom. She was an awesome Lady. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers! Sending you all a big hug from your friends from JDSS technology Department. I have heard such wonderful stories about your family from you. John & Sherri Schnurr
Message from Joanne & Rod McDonagh2024-07-12 11:46:22
We were sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She lived a long and interesting life with love of family and travel amongst so many other things. Please accept our sympathies at this time of sorrow for you.
Message from Ray and Connie Harris2024-07-12 08:41:05
We are so sad to hear to of the passing of your Mother, she will be missed my many. She’ll always be with you in a corner of your heart. Sending our love and prayers.
Message from Barb Struthers2024-07-11 09:06:13
Michelle and Tammy: we are so sorry to hear about your mom. You will miss her very much! Thinking of you
Message from Judy and Don Clark2024-07-10 19:05:52
Thinking of each and everyone at this difficult time,We send our sincrere condolences to you all.She was another amazing,wonderful girl from Westford ,like my Mom ,they were friends for along time.Our thoughts are with you.
Message from Art and Barb Breckles 2024-07-10 18:31:35
Sending our deepest sympathy to Michele & Murray and family and Tammara.. Cherrish your wonderful memories of your Mom and Grandmother. Volaine will be missed by friends and community. Hugs.
Message from Donna & Rob Middelkamp 2024-07-10 17:11:48
Our Deepest Sympathy to Volaine 's Family on her passing she was very special lady and will always remember her . Sending hugs to you all . RIP VOLAINE !!!! You will be missed .
Message from Paul and Donna (Ballagh) Inglis2024-07-10 12:51:49
Sending our sincere thoughts of condolences to Michelle and Tamara and family. Take care.
Message from Jackie Emmerton2024-07-10 12:27:29
Im so sorry to hear of your loss Tamara and family. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Message from MARY BETH FISCHER2024-07-10 12:11:50
So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Hopefully she instilled the travel bug with you for new adventures to come. Mary Beth
Message from Barry & Vickie Petteplace2024-07-10 11:31:15
Michelle, Tamara & Family Our heartfelt condolences to you all on the loss of your mom. Barry & Vickie
Message from Darlene Thorn and Tom Donnelly2024-07-10 10:58:05
May peace surround you with comfort as you honour your Mom's life From the days Volaine sat across for meals in the tv cubby, greeting her on return from an outing on the bus, or seeing your love and dedication to her day in and day out, we will remember her with fondness and a smile. Our deepest condolences, Darlene and Tom
Message from Susan and Henry Van de Klippe2024-07-10 08:13:53
Tam, Michele, Murray, Kyle and Chad Our deepest sympathies on the passing of your mother and grandmother. Our thoughts are with you. Susan, Henry, Jeffrey, April, Mike, Ethan and Evelyn
Message from Pat Livingston2024-07-09 22:45:42
My sincere condolences on the passing of Volaine. Pat Livingston
Message from Victor and Susan Zettler2024-07-09 19:42:31
Dear Tammy and Michelle and family Please accept our condolences on the passing of your lovely mother, we have many fond memories of her from years ago , she will be missed. Sincerely Sue and Vic Zettler ( Campbell)
Message from Donna Hazelden2024-07-09 19:23:32
My heartfelt condolences to the family.Volaine was an amazing woman. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
Message from Laurie & Wayne Bell2024-07-09 17:53:57
Michelle & Tamara: Hugs & deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your mom was a lovely lady