Elsie Manford

Elsie Manford

Monday, November 19th, 1923 - Sunday, October 20th, 2019
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Elsie Manford (Richards) was born on November 19, 1923 in Bethnal Green, London, England. She lived an amazing, adventurous, brave life right until the end, which came this week on October 20th.
She was a proud WAAF in the British Royal Air Force, joining at age 17 in 1940 as an ACW1. She chose the Air Force over other branches of the military as the Air Force allowed women to wear pants. She was stationed mainly in Bally Kelly, Ireland where she developed a love for Guinness and good times. During the war she met her husband, Malcolm Manford, to whom she was married for 55 years until he passed in 2001.
Her father, a WWI veteran, instilled in Elsie a love for the distant wilds of Canada, and she moved here with her family in 1957. She worked at Simpsons in Toronto in the “Men’s Belts” department before finally relocating to Milton in 1960, to their long time home on Bell St. Her love of nature, birds, water, and the Canadian outdoors was further supported when they purchased their cottage “up North” in 1965.
Elsie was curious and loving until the end, and enjoyed creative pursuits like singing, quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and painting in watercolour. She was never afraid to swing a hammer when needed, and always took the shortcut – especially when it meant by canoe, or involved a glass of sherry.
She was a much-loved teacher at Milton Community Nursery School at St. Paul’s Church for over 15 years during the 60s and 70s.
She had four children; Susan (Al), Malcolm (Paula), Sally, all born in England, and Shelley (Don), born in Canada. Her grandchildren are Nick (Kierra), Chris (deceased), Stephanie, Jeni, Carrie, Michael, Patrick, David, Jillian, and Andrew. She also leaves great grandchildren Sofia, Nicolas, Austin, Madison, Kayden, Harley, Weston, Nikolas, Kailey, Broolyn, Jaisalynn, Lochlynn, Rozalynn, Alex, Chyenne, Dakotah and Freya as well her sister May Fitzgerald of Hockley, Essex, England and niece Jane (Tim) and their children Jake and Max.
We remember her as feisty, always a lady, with a willing ear and a cup of tea. She was accepting and kind, insisted on placemats at the table, and God help you if you wore a hat at the dinner table.
Sue and Al invite family and friends of Elsie to visit at McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home in MIlton for a visitation this Friday, October 25th at 10am, followed by funeral services at 11am and refreshments to follow. Please remove your hat in her memory.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 25th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, October 25th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
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  • Service

    Friday, October 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, October 25th, 2019 11:00am
    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
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  • Reception

    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
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Michael Beaver

Posted at 01:51pm
So sorry to hear the news: Unfortunately, Marsha & I were away and unable to attend the visitation or the memorial service.

All the best to the family at this difficult time.

Michael & Marsha Beaver ( nee McCann - Milton Community Nursery School )

From Mandy, Austin and Maddy

Posted at 07:52pm
With deepest sympathy. In loving memory of Ggma.
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Laurie MacNab

Posted at 10:04am
To dear Elsie's family...with many fond happy memories of Elsie as a Veteran who supported our community in many ways. As is so often usual when I read a tribute to a life well lived, I wish I had known more of her wonderful path in hat is off to a very fine lady. Sincerely, Laurie MacNab

Becky Tonner

Posted at 07:58am
I so remember Miss Elsie at the Milton Community Nursery School, our kids were both so fortunate to have her lead them in their very formative years, her patience and love were especially needed with our son Christopher, he cried for the first few days as it was the first time away from us for any length of time, but Miss Elsie was patient and loving and that sure did help.
Miss Elsie you were a great role model for young parents. You will always be remembered with love and affection.

God's Garden

God looked around His garden
and He found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this Earth
and saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering,
He knew you were in pain,
He knew that you would never get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough and the the hills were hard to climb,
so he closed your weary eyelids and whispered "Peace be thine."
It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn't go alone
for part of us went with you the day God called you home.

Annette St-Pierre

Posted at 05:57pm
Our sincere condolences on the loss of a beautiful lady. May your memories of her keep a smile on your faces, she would love that.

susan tor Posted at 11:57pm

Thanks so much, you really knew her pretty well. lol

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