The death occurred at Muskoka Landing, Huntsville on Monday, September 26, 2011 of Mary Elder of Port Cunnington.
Beloved wife of the late Vince Elder. Dear sister of Winnifred Campbell, predeceased by twin brother Charlie Cunnington and half brothers and sisters . Loved by many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at the Mitchell Funeral Home on Friday, September 30, 2011 from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. A Funeral Service will be held at St. James Anglican Church, Port Cunnington on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 3 O’Clock. Interment to follow in St. James Anglican Cemetery, Port Cunnington.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. James Anglican Church, Port Cunnington or a Charity of your Choice.
Huntsville Forester Obituary Notice:
Mary Cunnington Elder, daughter of Port Cunnington pioneer Boyce Henry Cunnington and Mary Edith Cunnington (nee Hawn) died on Monday September 26, 2011 at Muskoka Landing with family by her side. She was 97 years old.
Mary, or Aunt Mern as she became known to her nieces and nephews, and her twin brother Charlie were born in Huntsville on December 10, 1913. She grew up at her parents’ summer resort, Port Cunnington Lodge attending Port Cunnington School and completing Lower School (grade 10 today) at age 16. At age 21 she moved to Toronto to attend Shaw Business School and began her first job with Foster Wheeling. When her mother Edith had a stroke, Mary returned home to help run Port Cunnington Lodge and to help care for her father Boyce Henry until his death in 1944. In 1945 she married Vincent George Elder in Whitefish Falls Ontario. They lived in Creighton Mine near Sudbury where Vince worked as a stationary engineer. On his retirement they returned to Port Cunnington to the house they had built on Elder Drive. Following Vince’s death in 1965, Mary worked as a receptionist at Britannia Hotel on Lake of Bays and then in Parry Sound for McCormick Beverages. A year and a half later she returned to Port Cunnington where she was hired as clerk for the Township of Lake of Bays. Upon retiring from this position she ran and was elected for three terms as councillor and district councillor for Franklin Ward. Over all her years she faithfully served her community, St. James Anglican church for which her dad had donated the property and the Township of Lake of Bays. She kept her keen interest in current local and world events until the end. She has been a loving and influential Aunt to all her many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and nephews and great grandnieces and nephews.
Gone before her are her parents, her husband Vince Elder, her brother Charlie and half- sisters Nellie Boothby, Ina Taplin, Emily Munro and Elsie Boothby and half-brothers Joe Taplin, Boyce, Bill, Percy and Art Cunnington.
Mary’s sister Winnifred Campbell still resides at Rogers Cove. Aunt Mern will be greatly missed by nephew Doug Cunnington and wife Helen and their children Charlie and wife Stefanie, Colombia S.A., Jim and partner Wayne, formerly from Australia but now living in Kimberley B.C and Will and his wife Santana and their children Danika and Alexander of Calgary AB., June and Roy Gates of Port Cunnington Joanne Cunnington, Huntsville, nephew Peter Taplin of Huntsville, nephew Roger and his wife Jackie, Port Cunnington, and their children Dean, Port Cunnington and son Ashton, Michelle and husband Dale Frye and daughter Eva of California and Sarah in Vancouver B.C. Joining in their sorrow are many members of her extended family and all the friends who loved and respected her.
Mary’s funeral service and interment, as planned by her, will be held at St. James Anglican Church, Port Cunnington on Saturday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m. The funeral will be conducted by Rev. Heather Manuel and Rev. Dawn Henderson. Pallbearers are Doug Cunnington, Will Cunnington, Roy Gates, Roger Campbell, Michael Cunnington and Michael Mann. A reception will follow at Port Cunnington Community Centre. It was her request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. James Anglican Church or a charity of your choice.
We will all remember you.