March 11, 1914 – January 15, 2012
Ethel passed away peacefully at The Gardens, Qualicum Beach in her 98th year. Loving wife to Frank Ritchie (deceased) and loving mother to Fran, Qualicum Beach, Louis and Lynne Ritchie, Toronto.
Ethel enjoyed working for the Etobicoke Library system in the greater Toronto area for 20 years until retirement at 70 yrs. She swam every day and proudly drove her car to the pool until she was 92 yrs of age. She did much volunteer work and was voted “Volunteer of the Year” in Etobicoke which was a wonderful tribute to her kindness with the elderly and special needs adults.
Ethel was born in Toronto and resided there until June 2008 when she moved into “The Gardens”, Qualicum Beach to be close to her daughter and spend her days on this beautiful island we all call paradise.
Thank you to Marcella, Judith and Maureen who over the past few years have been private caregivers to our mother. Without all of you, mom’s life would not have been so enriched. A very special thanks to Rosey, who always took the time in her busy day to stop and visit mom with a big smile and ever comforting words. Rosey, you always made her day.
Thank you Beth for your kindness and bringing your wonderful Labrador retriever on Tuesdays. Pet therapy is always the happiest day on any care floor, so a special thanks and hug for “Brita the wonder dog”.
To the caring and kind staff at “The Gardens”, a big thanks for helping make the last few years of our mother’s life fun, rewarding and very comfortable.
Memorial service to be held in Toronto.