Elva Madison passed away at Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home on Nov. 18, 2007 at the age of 93.
Elva was born in Burriss, Ont. to Niles and Florence Kennett on Aug. 7, 1914. She began teaching less than a month after her 17th birthday and taught primary grades for 31 years, the last 20 in the Keewatin Public School.
She pioneered the Keewatin kindergarten and taught Keewatin’s very first kindergarten class (a private one) in Granny McCowan’s dining room.
Elva loved outdoor life and spent many happy days with her husband, John, her family and relatives at the family island on Jackfish Lake.
A very sensitive and creative person, Elva wrote stories and poetry, and produced many beautiful paintings in both watercolours and oils.
Elva was predeceased by her brother, Bob and her husband, John.
Elva is survived, and will be sadly missed, by her sister, Janice; many relatives from Fort Frances and Thunder Bay; son, Dale (Marlene), grandson, Brad (Adena), and great-grandson Ashton, and grandson, Barry; son, Glen (Chris), grandson, Todd (Laura), and great-granddaughters Cypress and Emma, and granddaughter, Tasha; and son, Gerry (Darlene), grandson, Niles, and granddaughter, Mackenzie.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007 at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Keewatin.
If friends so wish, in memoriam donations may be made to the Arthritis Society of Kenora c/o Carolyn Johnson, 919 Park St., Kenora, Ont., P9N 1B8.