KNOWLES, Mrs. Elaine R. (nee Clatworthy), of the Valleyview Home, St. Thomas, passed away at her late residence on Monday, December 24, 2012, in her 88th year.  Beloved wife of Gordon M. Knowles.  Dearly loved mother of Carol Knowles of St. Thomas, Linda Baker of Hamilton, Nancy Davidson of St. Thomas, Barbara Glazier (Kevin) of Goderich, and Mary Pfeffer (John) of R.R.#5, St. Thomas.  Also survived by 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  A brother, Wilfred R. Clatworthy and a sister, Maureen Shearing predeceased her.  Born in Bridgeburg, ON, February 28, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Mabel (nee Birkby) Clatworthy.  Prior to moving to St. Thomas, she lived in Brownsville and Fort Erie.  Elaine was a former school bus driver for Lewis Bus Lines and also worked on the family farm with her husband.  She formerly attended New Sarum Baptist Church, where she was a former member of the Ladies Aid and the choir, and also formerly attended the Community of Christ, St. Thomas.  There will be no public visitation.  A private family funeral service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Saturday, December 29th.  Interment in Orwell Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario gratefully acknowledged.

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