Winchester Press – obit – Elaine HornerElaine Horner
Elaine Horner (nee Gilmour), a lifetime resident of the Brinstonarea, passed away at the Dundas Manor Nursing Home in Winchesteron Sun., Sept. 2, 2007 following a lengthy illness. She was 68.
She was born in Matilda Township on June 1, 1939 to her parents,the late Garnet and Beulah Gilmour (nee Strader).
After graduating from Seaway District High School, she attendedBrockville Business College. Following college, she worked asa legal secretary for a real estate firm in Prescott and was lateremployed by the Caldwell Linen Mill in Iroquois. She was MatildaTownship’s first librarian in Brinston where she enjoyed frequentand often lengthy visits from members of the community.
On Oct. 4, 1958 she married Bill Horner at Brinston United Church.She enjoyed many years of raising standard bred horses and polledHereford cattle on the farm that has been in her family for fourgenerations.
For many years she was an active member of the community. As membersof the Matilda Recreation Committee, Elaine and her dear friendthe late Dory Froats were the originators of the Matilda WinterCarnival Queen Pageant. She also spearheaded children’s programsincluding swimming and waterskiing lessons.
Bill and Elaine raised two sons, Eldon and Steven with the invaluableassistance of her parents. She took great pride in her children’saccomplishments, especially the boys’ public speaking competitions.
Many of Eldon and Steven’s former hockey teammates will recallher enthusiastic voice and infamous bicycle horn which she laterupgraded to a compressed air model.
She also enjoyed many social events with Bill and their friends.They attended community dances regularly, and often played euchrelate into the night with friends and family.
She is survived by her husband Wilmont “Bill” Horner,her son Eldon (Shelly) of RR#1 Winchester and their children Joshua,Daniel, Sam, and Katie; and her son Steven (Sarah) of Barrie andtheir children Everett and Amelia. She is also survived by manynieces, nephews, and cousins.
A private family funeral service was held at the Marsden and McLaughlinFuneral Home in Williamsburg on Sat., Sept. 8 at 1 pm with Rev.Bruce North officiating. Interment of cremated remains followedat Spruce Haven Cemetery in Brinston. The pallbearers were Eldon,Steven, Joshua, and Daniel Horner.
Friends are invited to share tributes and memories at a celebrationof Elaine’s life at Matilda Hall in Dixon’s Corners, on Sat.,Sept. 22 from 1 to 3 pm.
In memoriam donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospitalor the Neonatal Unit of the Ottawa General Hospital would be appreciatedby the family.