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Cuthiell, Ethel Jean

Ethel Jean Cuthiell of Calgary passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at the age of 86 years.

Ethel was born on November 8, 1921 in Great Village, NS. She began her teaching career in Nova Scotia, in a one-room school. In 1946, she married John (Jack) Cuthiell and they moved to Edmonton, where they raised their family. Ethel returned to her love of teaching, and taught elementary school for eighteen years in Edmonton. In 1971 she obtained her hard-won B.Ed. In 1979, she and Jack retired to Qualicum Beach, BC where they enjoyed twenty happy years, making countless friends and travelling extensively. Ethel devoted a great deal of time and energy to St. Stephen’s United Church. In 2000 they moved to Calgary to be closer to their children. Ethel will be remembered by her family and friends as a gentle, loving, generous, and humble person, who faced the challenges of life with remarkable strength and dignity.

Ethel is survived by her son David (Leslie Baker); her daughter Nancy Clegg; and grandchildren Jeffrey, Kyle, Ewen, and Lindsay. She is also survived by her brother Truman (Vivian) Layton of Halifax, NS; as well as several cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Jack, son Richard and brother Paul Layton.

Ethel’s children would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of the Beverly Centre for their kindness to Mom while she was there.

A Celebration of Ethel’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Parkinson’s Society of Southern Alberta, #102, 5636 Burbank Crescent S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 243-9901,

In living memory of Ethel Cuthiell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Bregite Saumer (nee Klukas) :

    I had Ethel as a teacher in Grade 4 and 5 at Argyll Elementary School in Edmonton. In fact, the Cuthiells only lived about 4 or 5 houses down the street from us on 64 Avenue. I have wonderful memories of her and she was always my favorite teacher. I even remember Nancy being in modeling at Sears! I am so sorry to hear of her passing, even though it has been a few years. My parents remained living on 64 Avenue until their passing several years ago. Argyll School is no longer a school. Time marches on. Wishing you the best. Just wanted to let you know how dear she is to my heart and that I will never forget her.

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