Deane, Gladys Celia of Extendicare, Port Stanley and formerly of London, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013, at her late residence, in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late William Deane and dearly loved mother of Mary Lou Deane (Bruce Henderson) of Union and Robert Deane (Miriam Steffens) of London. Loved grandmother of Michelle Tredwell (Jamie), Bill Hooghiem (Diane) and Emily and Marley Deane and great grandmother of Jaedyn, Megan, T.J., Noah and Darren, Cole and Jordan. Gladys was the last of her family. She was born in Bangor, Saskatchewan on November 21, 1920, the daughter of the late David and Margaret (Lewis) Roberts. She was a retired Constable with the Court House, London and also worked as a hairdresser at the Dearness Home, London for many years. Gladys was a member of Colborne United Church and formerly a member of Empress United Church, London.
A Public Memorial service to celebrate Gladys’s life will be held at Colborne United Church, London on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Cremation has taken place, with private interment of ashes in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas in charge of arrangements.
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.