Nelda Grace Kerr
Nelda Kerr of Hallville passed away peacefully at Dundas Manor on Mon., Aug., 30, 2010.
Nelda was born on May 29, 1923, the only daughter and youngest child of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (nee Rigg) Crowder, in Mountain. She had four older brothers.
Her parents owned a store in Mountain, and when she was eight years old, they sold the store and moved to a farm in the Reids Mills area. In 1941, she married Thomas Kerr, and they moved in with his parents on the family farm at Hallville. Together, they raised six children.
She was a hard worker, and could be found helping in the hay fields, in the barn milking cows, and doing all kinds of farm chores. She always had a large garden, and preserved and pickled many fruits and vegetables for the family to enjoy during the long winters. Nelda was a great cook, and could bake the very best tea biscuits, breads, yummy cookies, and her Christmas cookies were a real treat. She was a talented seamstress, making clothes for herself and her family. She loved to crochet and knit, and she made many beautiful quilts and tablecloths. Many of these won her prizes at the local fairs, and craft shows. These talents she learned from her adoring mother, she talked with great respect and love for her Mom, who was taken away from her way too soon.
Even in her 80s she could be seen mowing the large lawn at the farm, and tending to her flowers. She loved to travel, and made many trips to Moose Jaw, SK., one trip to Florida, and many trips throughout Ontario, and northern New York state. Her favourite place was her brother Leonard’s cottage on Papineau Lake.
Nelda is survived by her five sons: Earl (Betty) of Moose Jaw, Clair, Willis (Terresa), Ronnie (Eleanor), and Garry, all of Hallville; her only daughter Grace Stobo (the late Arnold) of Cardinal; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grand-children; and her brothers Lorne of Winchester and Lloyd of Kemptville. She will be dearly missed by the Knitting family of Moose Jaw, Betty’s sons, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-granddaughter, who affectionately called her Grandma Kerr. They were always happy to see her when she came to visit Earl and Betty, they loved her dearly, and she thought the world of them.
She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Kerr (1988), her brothers Leonard and Milton; her son-in-law Arnold Stobo; her husband’s parents, Thomas and Margaret Kerr, who she referred to as Grampa and Grama Kerr. They accepted her into their home and lives, and loved her as a daughter, and she returned the love to them.
She was laid to rest beside her husband at Reids Mills Cemetery. The pallbearers were her five sons, and grandson Dean Kerr.
The funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Byers Funeral Home in South Mountain (613-989-3836).
Mom, you left a lot of memories, and we will miss you dearly. You will live on in our hearts forever.