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The Journal Pioneer

Published at Summerside, Prince Edward Island


CORNWELL, Violet H. (Diley)
At the Prince County Hospital, Summerside, on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008, of Violet H. (Diley) Cornwell of Summerside, and formerly of Kensington and St. John's Nfld., aged 81 years. Born in St. John's, Nfld., Nov. 3, 1926, daughter of the late Willis and Mary Ann (Best) Burke. Wife of the late William (Bill) Cornwell. Mother of Jean (Fred) Beairsto, Kensington, and Wayne Burke, Summerside. Grandmother of Dean (Trish) Beairsto, Calgary, Alta.; Gregory (Olive), Kensington, and Heather Mae (Jonathan) Zinck, Dartmouth. Great-grandmother of Mary Ann, Megan (Steve Parker), Michael, MacKenzie and Maggie. Sister of Freda (Goodwin) Wiles, Hamilton, Ont. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sisters, Jean (William) Sweetapple, Mildred (Alfred) Butler, Gladys (William) Luffman, Ruth Hebbard, and Gwendolyn Burke in infancy; brothers James Burke, George (Doris) Burke and John (Betty) Burke; and her daughter-in-law Geraldine Burke. Resting at the Davison Funeral Home Kensington. No visitation by personal request. Funeral Monday in the Davison Funeral Home Chapel at 10 a.m. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. John's N.L. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Society or the Cancer Society.

DUFFENAIS, Shirley Janesta
The death occurred at the Prince County Hospital, Summerside on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, of Shirley Janesta Duffenais (nee Rogers) of Kinkora, aged 65 years. Beloved wife of Lucien (Luke) Duffenais. Mother of Mary Clements of Summerside; Kimberley DesRoches, Kinkora; Tammy (Kevin) O'Halloran, Borden-Carleton; Beverly Duffenais (Charles MacDonald), Mount Pleasant and Tracey Duffenais, Kinkora. Also survived by 15 grandchildren. Sister of Wilfred (Ruby) Rogers, Summerside; Arnold (Carol) Rogers, Bedeque; Arthur (Jessie) Rogers, Albany; Roy (Dianna) Rogers, Ontario; Faye Malone, Bonshaw; Judy (Bruce) Stewart, Kinkora; Velda (Justin) McCourt, Kinkora and Florence (Lester) Stewart, Albany. Also survived by brothers-in-law Stephen (Cecila) Duffenais, N.L.; Stan Duffenais, Montreal; Clyde (Bernette) Duffenais, N.L., and a sister-in-law, Geraldine (Pat) Harview, Port-Au-Port, N.L. Predeceased by her parents, Leighen and Marion Rogers, a granddaughter, Jennifer O'Halloran, brothers, Barry and Gordon, a sister, Vera, father- and mother-in-law, Freeman and Mary Duffenais and sister-in-law, Nellis Benoit. Remains resting at Lawless Funeral Home, 21 Somerset St., Kinkora. Visiting hours Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 27, 9 to 10 a.m. Leaving the funeral home at 10 a.m. Wednesday, then to St. Peter's church, Seven Mile Bay for funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment in the parish cemetery. Donations in Shirley's memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation

GOSSE, Rita Mary
Peacefully surrounded by her family, at Community Hospital, O'Leary, Friday, April 18, 2008, of Rita Mary Gosse of Cascumpec aged 65, beloved wife of David Gosse. Born in Roxbury on September 6, 1942 the daughter of Rose Lavigne and the late Sylvain Arsenault. Cherished mother of Darryl, Woodstock, Ont. Beloved sister of Eva (Reg) Birch, Theresa (Eric) MacAusland, Shirley MacArthur all of Woodstock, Ont.; Dale (Angie) Arsenault, Ajax, Ont. Dear daughter-in-law of Avalon (Margaret) Gosse; sister-in-law of Sylvia (Rick) Blundon, Lisa (Jim) King, Randy (Madona) Gosse and Roger Gosse all of Newfoundland. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Resting at the Ferguson Funeral Home and Chapel, O'Leary with visiting hours Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass on Tuesday at St Anthony's Church, Woodstock at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow with interment later. In lieu of flowers memorials to the O'Leary Community Health Foundation would be appreciated.

LANEY, Travis Joseph & Marsha Magnolia
The death occurred suddenly as the result of a traffic accident in Wellington, P.E.I., on Saturday, June 14th, 2008, of Travis Joseph Laney of Summerside, and formerly of Stephenville, N.L., aged 27 years, and also his beloved wife, Marsha Magnolia Laney (nee Geary) of Summerside, aged 30 years. Travis was the beloved son of Ted and Marion (nee Rouzes) Laney of Port-Au-Port Peninsula, N.L., and Marsha was the beloved daughter of Ron and Sandra (nee Clow) Geary of Summerside, P.E.I. Travis and Marsha were loving parents of Jasmin, Katie and Brandon. Also lovingly remembered by Marsha's grandmothers, Rita Clow of Summerside, and Agnes Geary of Edmonton, Alta. Survived by her sisters, Shelley (Martin) Harriman of Calgary, Alta., and Lynn (Troy) Smith of Summerside, her nephew Devon and nieces Toni and Cidney Geary of Summerside along with several aunts, uncles and cousins. Resting at the East Prince Funeral Home, 245 Pope Rd., Summerside, until Thursday, June 19th, for funeral service in the Church of the Nazarene, 156 Fitzroy St., Summerside, at 2 p.m. Interment to take place at People's Cemetery, Summerside. Visiting hours on Wednesday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial donations in Travis and Marsha's memory to their Children's Trust Fund would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences may be made at     Arrangements entrusted to the East Prince Funeral Home, Summerside, P.E.I.

Life of 103-year-old Ethel Perrin has been 'dedicated to giving'
The Journal Pioneer

CLINTON - Ethel Perrin never indulged in alcohol and has few, if any, vices. "tried smoking and I didn't like it, Ethel admitted from the comfort of her room at Perrin's Clinton View Lodge. I wondered what the women found to make them so happy with smoking. So I lit one. Oh, my God, I thought it was ugly.
Saturday, the mother of five, grandmother of eight, great-grandmother of 13 and great-great grandmother of three celebrated her 103rd birthday. Born Ethel Clarke on Dec. 13, 1905, in Paradise, N.L., she's lived through two world wars, witnessed her home province join Canada and experienced good and bad. I've got a lot of good memories and I've got a lot of sad ones. I've seen a lot of things happen and heard a lot of things happen. I just try to do my best.
At age 9, Ethel's father drowned. Her mother remarried and her family grew to 11 siblings. She lived with her grandparents. At 16, she took a job at a sanatorium, emotionally draining work for a woman so young. I had seen so many young people dying that I couldn't take it, she said of why she left after three years. Ethel worked as a waitress until marrying in 1927. She gave birth to five children, three boys and two girls, both of whom died in infancy. She dedicated her life to helping others, was a foster parent, sponsored children from Third World countries, helped countless charities and owned and operated a home for mentally challenged adults.
In her 70s, Ethel purchased an old mansion, oversaw its renovation, and moved in to help look after 16 men needing psychiatric care. At 85, she retired and eventually signed over the businesses to her sons. In 1988, she moved to P.E.I. to be with her youngest son and his family and moved into the family-run senior care facility in Clinton two years later. With the exception of hearing loss and arthritis, Ethel's fit as a fiddle. She knits and crochets, selling her wares and donating proceeds to charity. A good cup of Tim Hortons tea, a feed of lobster and knowing her family is well and around her is what makes her happy. She's a modest woman, attractive and witty with a sharp memory.
Granddaughter Tracy Bernard has one word to describe her Nan: "wise". Her whole life has been dedicated to giving. She's taught that to her family and we've tried to follow that same path.
So, what's Ethel's advice for a long, healthy, prosperous life? Live the best you can. Be peaceful with all men and do nobody wrong.



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