KellyMyrtlepaper copyMyrtle Kelly passed away peacefully in the early hours of June 23, 2014 at Fiddick’s Nursing Home, Petrolia, at the remarkable age of 90. Predeceased by husband, Cameron (2012), parents Eliza Jane (Dawson) and David Fader, sisters Mabel (Shea), Mary and Maude Fader, brothers, Archie, Roy and Vidal, sister-in-law Dorothy and Margaret. She leaves to mourn her children Bruce (Jan) of Burlington, Ontario and Joyce (Perry) Sinclair of Sherwood Park, Alberta, brother and sister-in-law Stewart and Ruth Kelly of Stratford, Ontario and sister-in-law, Freda Fader, grandchildren Scott (Alex) and Ryan, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Myrtle was the last member of the 2nd generation of the Dawson/Fader line, born at home in Wyoming on February 21, 1924. She was raised in a strict Methodist home and she contributed to the chores by caring for the variety of livestock kept, berry picking for preserves, gardening, babysitting, and during the war serving with the Ontario Farm Service Force during harvesting season of 1943. She had attended Wyoming Public School, then Continuation School where she served as head of the Literary Society. At an early age, she wanted to be a school teacher and her father took on extra work so she could go to Normal School in London in 1943. She got her first job at SS. 8 Kertch, near Wanstead Road, and taught for two years. She was then accepted at Hanna Memorial in Sarnia which was a new school and showplace at the time. Coming home one weekend off the bus, she met her future husband, Cameron, who was eager to carry her suitcase full of books, marrying in 1951. In a few years, raising their little family was the prime focus with mom making birthdays and other holidays special with her creative touches. Her donation of time was generous and great, help was always there if needed, but not excessive to smother initiative and ideas. Teaching restrictions when married, didn’t allow her to teach till the rules changed, and so she resumed part time at several Petrolia school teaching conversational French. She also home tutored many area children with various studies. Mom volunteered over the years as Sunday School teacher, Ladies Auxiliary of the Presbyterian Church, Cubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and was an active canvasser for the Heart & Stroke Foundation as well as the Cancer Society. She loved to garden both flowers and vegetables and some years won Horticultural prizes at various shows. She immensely enjoyed sewing including needlework and quilt making and was always immensely proud of her work. She had an interest earlier in years in genealogy and was the leading expert and tracker for her families background paving the way for future generations to follow. She was a dedicated mother, instilling a remarkable, fiercely independent nature, stick with it attitude, patience and free expression, which will be everlasting for her children. Mom taught us a little act of kindness, even trivial, was a noble deed and that the little things count.
Only One Mother
We can only have one mother
Patient kind and true
No other friend in all this world
Will be so true to you.
For all her loving kindness
She asks nothing in return
If all the world desert you
To mother you can turn.
Many tears you’ve caused her
When you were sad or ill
Maybe many sleepless nights
Tho’ grown you cause her still
So every time you leave her
Or whenever you come or go
Give her a kind word and kiss
‘Tis what she craves, I know
We can only have one mother
None else can take her place
You can’t tell how much you’ll miss her
Till you miss her darling face.
Be careful how you answer her
Choose every word you say
Remember she’s your mother
Now and every day.

A heartfelt thank you to all the caring individuals of Fiddick’s Nursing Home who have tirelessly strived to bring comfort to my Mom. A memorial service celebrating Myrtle’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the WYOMING CHAPEL, 650 Broadway St., Wyoming. Visitors will be received prior to the service from 10 to 11:00 a.m. Interment of cremated remains will be in Wyoming Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario ( Memories and condolences may be shared online at

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