Gladys Mary Fetterly
Gladys Mary Fetterly of Dundas, formerly of Grantley, died peacefully at Wentworth Lodge, Dundas on Mon., April 29, 2002 in her 100th year.
She was the beloved wife of the late Pliny John Fetterly (1970). They were married in Ogdonsburg, NY Methodist Parsonage on June 10, 1924.
Dear mother of Norma (Fred) Crewson of Haliburton, Joan (George) Hollinger of Dundas, Robert of Guelph, Carol (Gord) Muir of Hamilton and Allan of Toronto. Sadly missed by 19 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Predeceased by daughter Shirley Molnar and daughter-in-law Mary Fetterly.
Mrs. Fetterly was born on Oct. 1, 1902 in Grantley to the late Frank Carr and Annie Beckstead. It seems remarkable that she would have attended and completed high school. In the days when girls weren’t permitted, never mind encouraged, to get an education, Mrs. Fetterly would put hot stones in the bottom of her cutter and ride to Finch, where she boarded for the week. In return for her room and board, she sent eggs from the farm.
Always an active church-goer, Mrs. Fetterly was singing in the choir in Grantley when Pliny John came with his father, A.C. Fetterly, to visit Pliny’s aunt. They attended the service and she knew this would be the man for her. With Pliny John by her side, they raised five children.
She was a very busy lady. With five children you couldn’t help but be anything else but busy. There was the canning and preserving and the bread. Home-made bread wasn’t sliced so uniformly thin the way we have it now, so she had to make lots to feed the family.
Mrs. Fetterly was good with children. Not only did she care for her children, but she took in a lot of children from the Children’s Aid. One young boy, Paul, never spoke a word, but within a few weeks of being with Mrs. Fetterly, he was speaking volumes.
Always an active church woman, Mrs. Fetterly was faithful to the United Church until she forsook it when the church began to think maybe Moses didn’t part the Red Sea. In Filpot Church in Hamilton, she was very active with donations, and she thought Billy Graham was a “super person”. She helped to support his ministry.
In her later years, daughter Norma taught Mrs. Fetterly to knit and she made many socks and scarves to be sent overseas with World Vision. She lived a long and full life. Mrs. Fetterly was ambulatory when she entered the nursing home and was fairly alert and familiar with her surroundings until about 1.5 years ago. Her passing was quiet and peaceful, and she will be greatly missed.
She was a member of the United Church.
Funeral service was held at Parker Funeral home, Morrisburg on Fri., May 3 with Rev. Jean Udall officiating. Interment at Grantley Cemetery, Grantley.
Pallbearers were David Crewson, Bruce Cook, Jamie Fetterly, Randy Fetterly, Tom Coligan and Dan Ryan.