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Ethel "Mae" (Burt) French

September 14, 2022

Obituary

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a beautiful lady Ethel “Mae” French (Burt) in the early morning of September 14th, 2022 in her home Georgian Bluffs.  She was surrounded by the abundance of love of her family, and left this life resistant to the very end, 87th years young. 

Mom was widowed and loss her cherished husband Wilfred Roy French Sr. (2016), just shy of their 65th wedding anniversary.  But although Mom struggled with the sorrow of losing her husband, she surrounded herself with her family and church.  Precious Mom of Paul (2021) (Karen) of Shallow Lake, Wilfred Roy French Jr. of Owen Sound, Clayton French (Shelley) of Georgian Bluffs, Allan French (Nelda) of Arkansas USA, Theresa (Gord Quan) of Georgian Bluffs, Mary Sundermeier (Axel) of Owen Sound, and Calvin French (Aussie) of Williams Lake BC.

Devoted grandma of Mark (Erin), Melissa (Joe), Jason (Jennifer), Tyler, Ian, Trevor, Joshua, Lucas (Cally), Cosette, Alicia (Darren), Sabrina (Oskar), Cory (Kate), Tanner (Steffany), Conner, Aiden.

Dearly loved great grandma of Devon, Oskar, Trezden, Eden, Christopher, Hadley, Carter, Jackson, Mia, Dimitri, Varro, and Theo.

Predeceased by her young daughters Catherine Gail (1957) and Janet Ann (1959).  Predeceased by her parents Ethel Hall-Burt-White-Boyd and John Burt (1942), “Daddy” White, Claude Boyd (1985).  Predeceased by her mother-in-law Sadie Isabelle French (Byers) (1983), father-in-law Roy A. French (1983) and sister-in-law Betty Miner (John), great granddaughter Ainsley Wright (2005).

Survived by brother Doug Burt (Sylvia) of Harriston and brother Richard Burt of Hamilton.

Dearly missed by all that loved her.

Mae was born in Brampton, Ontario on Feb. 28, 1935. She met the love of her life in 1949 when Dad was working for Armstrongs right beside her house.  Dad made an excuse to ask for a glass of water and the rest is history!!  They were married in July 1951, had 9 children.  They lost 2 girls, Janet in a fire at 16 months, and Catherine of meningitis at 4 years old.  They moved to Owen Sound in the summer of 1968 to start another adventure.  Mom worked tirelessly on raising her kids and helping with the business as well as keeping the house going.  Mom was a devoted Christian to the 7th Day Adventist Church and enjoyed going to church on Saturdays. She loved her church family.  Although there were good and bad times, Mom’s faith was never in question.  Her enduring love of family was beyond measure as she was so kind, respectable and had the patience of a saint!  Everyone who knew Mom would say you were fortunate to know the dearest woman.  She always had an ear to listen, or just sit and hold your hand.  Our cherished ‘Mom’ will always be missed, and thought of each and every day. 

Friends are invited to Tannahill Funeral Home, 1178 4th Ave West, Owen Sound for visitation on Wednesday September 21st between 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Thursday September 22nd at 11am with interment at Greenwood Cemetery and lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Owen Sound Hospital or 7th Day Adventist Church, the family very much appreciates it.


Services

Visitation
Wednesday
September 21, 2022

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Tannahill Funeral Home Limited
1178 4th Ave West
Owen Sound, ON N4K 4W5

Visitation
Wednesday
September 21, 2022

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tannahill Funeral Home Limited
1178 4th Ave West
Owen Sound, ON N4K 4W5

Funeral Service
Thursday
September 22, 2022

11:00 AM
Tannahill Funeral Home Limited
1178 4th Ave West
Owen Sound, ON N4K 4W5

Donations

Owen Sound Hospital Foundation
Box 1001, 1800 8th Street East, Owen Sound ON N4K6H6
Tel: 1-519-372-3925
Web: https://www.oshfoundation.ca/

Owen Sound Adventist Church
122442 Grey Road 5 RR 3, Owen Sound ON N4K5N5
Tel: 1-519-371-1722
Web: https://owensoundon.adventistchurch.org/

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