Winchester Press – obit – Christena Carkner
Christena Carkner (nee Burton), a residentof Dundas Manor in Winchester for the past 12 years, passed awayon Fri., Oct. 3, 2008. She was 90.
She was born in Aultsville on March 25, 1918 to John and MollyBurton (nee Garlough), and was raised in Aultsville.
On Sept. 29, 1937 she married Alfred Carkner, and together theyhad six children Audrey, Donald, Lawrence, Roger, David, and Lester.She had a great life and never complained about anyone or anything,and living on the farm wasn’t always easy. She was small in stature,only 4′ nothing, but she was big on the inside and feisty. Shehad to be to live with Alfred who was 6’1″, and a familyof one daughter and five boys.
She was an excellent cook and baker. She loved catering to banquetswhether it was for the Ladies Aid group at the Presbyterian Churchin Chesterville, or the Elma Women’s Institute, or on her ownas a business.
Christena was also a great leader and public speaker, and theseskills served her well in her role as President of the Women’sInstitute for many years. She also organized euchre parties andbus trips to different locations for site seeing and shopping.
Christmas time meant a special gathering of the family in theCarkner house; playing cards, feasting on turkey featuring her”special dressings;” her own recipe of cranberries,pies, several kinds of squares, and peanut butter balls whichwere perfectly sized to pop in your mouth, one at a time. Shewas always the last one to sit at the table and the first onefinished. She insisted that the food should be “cleaned up”so she wouldn’t have to put it away.
Quilting was also a passion for Christena. The family still hasmany of these precious quilts that were meticulously made andpacked full of quilt lining material to be sure they were warm,not like thin little store bought quilts. Some of the designswere absolutely beautiful, especially the double wedding ringdesign. She had made enough ahead that each of her grandchildrenwould get one.
She is survived by her children Audrey (Bob) Henophy of Morrisburg,Donald (Glenna) of Kingston, Roger (Trudy) of Kingston, David(Janet) of RR#1 Chesterville, and Lester (Celine) of Ottawa. Shewas predeceased by her husband Alfred, a son Lawrence, a grandsonWayne Henophy, and a brother Clarke Burton. She will be fondlyremembered by 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and onegreat-great-grandson. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburgon Mon., Oct. 6. The funeral service was held at the funeral homeon Tues., Oct. 7 with Rev. Elaine Beattie officiating followedby interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearerswere Mark Carkner, Christopher Carkner, Shawn Carkner, Peter Brunt,Rick Bull, and Rick Doyle.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be appreciatedby the family.