Please note that for those unable to attend the service, it will be recorded and available on this website at 4 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, 2022.
Ethel Marie (Grant) Weatherby – 81, Bible Hill, formerly of Harmony. On Thursday evening, July 21, 2022, after a long battle with cancer, Ethel Marie (Grant) Weatherby passed away peacefully at home in Fall River with her daughters by her side. She was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, Joseph, and her parents, Don and Helen (MacKenzie) Grant.
She is survived by her children, Krista (Matthew) Legere, Fall River; Joey Weatherby (Erica Hayward), Bible Hill; Stacey Weatherby (Kirk Fougere), Overton, Yarmouth County; her devoted sisters, Carol (Bob) MacPhee and Ruth (Jack) Bakker, Harmony; brother, Gary (Patti) Grant, Truro Heights; loving Nanny to Kiara Richard (Cameron Rice), AJ Legere, Rowan Muise-Weatherby, Reese Muise-Weatherby, Georgia Fougere; Aunt Ethel to many nieces and nephews and neighbourhood kids who adored her.
Ethel graduated from Success Business College in Truro in 1959, and went to work at Sun Alliance Insurance until her first child was born in 1967. She remained at home to raise her three children for 12 years, spending treasured time with her parents until their passing. She then returned to Sun Alliance for the remainder of her career, retiring when the business sold; she never called in sick once during the combined 25 years she was there! Ethel made many lifelong friends at Sun Alliance and looked forward to lunches with the girls at The Engine Room.
Ethel was an active member of McCulloch United Church all her life where she was a member of the choir, UCW and a church elder. This was a passion she shared with her two sisters, Carol and Ruth, whom the church family fondly referred to as "The Grant Girls", always seated up front in the choir together. After choir practice every Monday evening, Carol, Ruth, Bob and Jack would come into Ethel’s kitchen for a cup of coffee, a sweet treat and often a game of wizard! The girls would laugh while Ethel argued with their husbands!
The special bond Ethel shared with her sisters grew with their multiple trips down south with extra family members in tow. She loved to travel and when her granddaughter, Kiara, invited her on a road trip to Newfoundland last summer she said yes! So after her last immunotherapy treatment they packed up the car and headed for Herring Neck to participate in their Dory Festival where she kissed the cod and then on to St. John’s where she toured the historical sites.
Ethel was an avid camper! She and her husband took their hard top to PEI every summer for family vacation and spent many weekends at Seafoam campground, and in later years, she accompanied her daughters on their camping trips. Nothing gave her more pleasure than sitting around the campfire chatting with family and friends.
Ethel loved history and had a particular passion for books and documentaries on US Presidents. Her favourite by far was Kennedy but when she ran out of books on him she turned to other Presidents. She read Ulysses S. Grant Personal Memoirs twice!
As much as she loved her books, it was spending time with her family that was her first love. There was nothing she enjoyed more that hearing the laughter and chatting of her kids and grandchildren. She once said part of the reason she never remarried after Dad was that she didn’t want to share her time with someone else’s family, but he was also her one true love, and she never wanted anyone else. Ethel will always be remembered for her warmth and kind generosity; a loquacious personality who enjoyed people and an educated argument now and then. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend and will be greatly missed by all.
All are welcome to join in Ethel’s Celebration of Life that will be held 1 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at McCulloch United Church, corner of Harmony Road and Camden Road. Interment in Harmony Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ethel’s memory to a charity of choice are welcomed.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Ethel’s obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com