BRANTON , Ethel Irene (Bradley) of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully, on Thursday, July 18th, 2013, surrounded by her loving family, in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Jack Henry Branton (Nov. 6, 1978) and dearly loved mother of Shirley Irene Cook (Peter), Jack William Branton (Ruth), George Milton Branton (Margaret) and Sharon Elaine Simpson (Norman). Much loved grandmother of Karen, Kathy and John Cook, Holly, Sarah, Matthew Branton, Robert Branton and Leisa and David Simpson. Specially loved great grandmother of Dawson Cook, Brycen and Jayce Lunn, Kate Branton and newborn Gracelyn. Predeceased by 2 sisters Hazel Couse (Gurney, Clara Stirling (Fred) and Edgar Bradley (Mary). Sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews. Ethel was born in St. Thomas on August 28th, 1923, the daughter of the late Milton Edgar and Lenna Grace (Walker) Bradley. She was a retired custodian. Ethel was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church.
Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St. Thomas where funeral service will be held Monday at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
The Williams Funeral Home was founded in 1893 by P.R. Williams and is one of the oldest Funeral businesses in the province. Over the next seven decades the business was passed down through several generations in the Williams Family. In the eariler years they occupied a number of different buildings along Talbot Street and in 1929 they purchased the building at 45 Elgin Street, from which they still operate.
In 1966, Gordon Hughson, who had operated the Hughson Funeral Home in Aylmer for the previous twenty one years, purchased the funeral home and continued the long tradition of dedication and service. Currently, the funeral home is operated by his sons, Allan and Gary Hughson.