It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, Monday, August 11, 2014, at the age of 97 years.  Born Sept. 14, 1916, Alma married Elton (Ted) and was a devoted and loving wife for 67 years until his passing in 2007. A wonderful mother, she will be greatly missed by loving sons and daughters; Jim of Hamilton, Ed (Margaret), London, Richard (Sheila) Fonthill, Beverly Haggins (Earl), Kingsville, Susan Belanger (Garry), Corbeil. Cherished grandmother of James (Toronto), Mark (Brandy), London, Jane (Ross), Burlington, Stephanie (Greg), St. Catherines, Michael (Lisa), Niagara Falls, Meagan (Andrew), Callander; Dan (Nina) Kingsville, Stacey (Chad), Chatham, and Great-grandmother of 8.  Also pre-deceased by parents William and Grace Gunning, brothers and sisters, Vera (Minto) Fuller, Gerald (Hazel) Gunning, Clair (Doris) Gunning, Leila (Dick) Richens, Madeline (Michael) Dexter, Earl Gunning, Howard (Nora) Gunning and infant twin Alva Gunnine.  Recently a resident of Southgate Residence, Kingsville, Mum was an avid reader and enjoyed school studies and sports. She attended London Normal School and received her license to teach in 1938. After a short term as a teacher she married and set her focus on raising a family and managing the family farm business and apiary. These became her life’s work and she excelled. Mum was an excellent cook who loved having her family for dinners. She also loved gardening, reading, playing cards and other games. In her whole life she was an active, informed and vocal citizen. Mum was a well-respected and devoted member of Trinity New California United Church, working in the UCW and Sunday school for many years. A former member of Women’s Institute and Kingsville Friendly Club. This past year has been a less than fulfilling experience for her as her health finally weakened, but she was clear, bright and cheerful to the end.  Our heartfelt thanks for support and service to Mum go to the caring staff at Southgate Residence, LDMH, CCAC, Red Cross, Dr. Kelton and Connie Heath.  Friends will be received at the C. Stuart Sykes Funeral Home, 91 Division St. S. Kingsville from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14th and again on Friday, Aug. 15th from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Rev. Olav Kitchen officiating.  Interment in Greenhill Cemetery, Kingsville. If desired, donations may be made to Trinity (New California) United Church or charity of your choice.  Condolences may be left at

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