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"SIT" 2007 Obituary


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SITTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-25 published
SITTON, Margaret Eva (née BENNING)
Peacefully at Saint Vincent Hospital in Ottawa on Friday, July 20, 2007. Eva was born on August 30, 1922, daughter of James and Isobelle BENNING of Glenhurst (Ayrshire cattle farm) in Williamstown, Ontario. Predeceased by her brother Forbes (Royal Canadian Air Force), sister Jean and brother David. Survived by David's widow Aline, their children Lynda and Forbes and his children Chloe and David of London, Ontario. Eva's cousin Douglas Benning MacDONALD and his wife Margaret of Kemptville, their son Christopher (Carla) of Ottawa and daughter Blythe of Toronto will miss her deeply as will Eva's many Friends and colleagues. In 1944 Eva BENNING graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Royal Victoria Hospital Training School for Nurses in Montreal. After 'specialing' from Kingston to Victoria, she worked as a nurse for the Toronto Transit Commission in Toronto. Returning to Montreal and the Royal Vic, she became Director of Nursing for the Ross Pavilion. On retirement to Kemptville, she continued to enjoy international travel, repeating earlier trips to the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, vacations in Indonesia and New Zealand and cooking class in Tuscany. Eva and Friends annual pilgrimage to Ontario's Stratford Shakespeare Festival was a yearly highlight. Eva was an active participant in her Kemptville book club, a member of Saint_John's United Church, the Ottawa Women's Canadian Club and Probus. She was also Past President of the Royal Victoria Hospital Nurses Alumni Association (1971-1973). Eva was a generous and enthusiastic hostess to Friends and neighbours and with them enjoyed a rich and fun filled retirement until a stroke in October 2002, followed by residency at Saint Vincent, seriously restricted her life. Nonetheless, Eva remained, to Friends and family, an optimistic and witty entertainer who endured without complaint. 'Her stories are remembered, her spirit is embraced'. A memorial gathering will be held at Saint_John's United Church, 400 Prescott Street, Kemptville on Saturday, July 28th at 11 a.m. Inurnment will be held at a later date at St. Andrew's Churchyard in Williamstown, Ontario. Those who wish may make memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Heart and Stroke Foundation. Funeral Arrangements under the care and direction of Grant Brown Funeral Home Rolston Chapel, Kemptville, Ontario 613-2582435. For condolences and online guest book please visit: www.grantbrownfuneralhome.com

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