GAUTHIER, Barbara Elizabeth (Betty) of the Elgin Manor, St. Thomas, wife of the late Frank Gauthier (1996) passed away on Dec. 11, 2013 in her 94th year. Mother of Barbara Del Net (Douglas) of London, Ont., and Marcie Woolley and Ed Orchard (Maryann McCoy) both of St. Thomas, and Brenda Orchard (deceased infant 1943). Loving Nan of several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was the last of her immediate family. Predeceased by her parents Charles Popham, and Edith Bulmer Popham (1990). Predeceased by her siblings Winnifred Balsden (1943), Irene Lavis (2008), Vera Vowell (2008), and Don Bulmer (2012). Aunt to several nieces and nephews. Betty and her husband Frank, owned and operated the Glen Haven Bowling Lanes, and the Glen Haven Motel for several years before retirement.
As per Betty’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Interment of ashes will take place privately at the St. Thomas Cemetery at a later date. Donations to the Diabetes Association would be appreciated. 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.