Ketchum, Nora Glennie (Nonie, née Nixon)

KETCHUM, Nora Glennie (Nonie, née Nixon) of St. Thomas, ON, died June 20, 2016 at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital in her 93rd year after a brief illness. Nonie and Bob Ketchum were married in 1957 and lived at Maplehurst Farm, Union Road, Port Stanley, until 2003 when they moved to St. Thomas. They raised three children, Sheila of New Jersey, USA, Susan of Frome, ON, and John of Yellowknife, NT, whose spouses are Bruce Whitham, Steve Silcox, and Kirsty Ketchum, respectively. The family enjoys five grandsons, Philip, Graham, and Stuart Silcox, and Alex and Christopher Ketchum.

Nonie was born in New Liskeard, ON, the eldest daughter of William Glennie Nixon (former MPP for Temiskaming) and Ethel Pigott. She is survived by her sisters Kathleen White of New Liskeard (Bill) and Beth Bedrosian of Guelph (George, deceased). She is predeceased by her sister Peggy Gualtieri of Ottawa (Nino), her brother Dr. John Nixon of Ottawa (Mary), and her sister-in-law Elizabeth Ketchum of Toronto.

Nonie attended New Liskeard schools, St. Mildred’s College, Toronto, and Queen’s University, Kingston, before joining the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service in WWII and serving in Halifax until 1946. She came to St. Thomas in 1955 to become the Executive Director of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). Her years of volunteer service included the Art Gallery of St. Thomas-Elgin, the Southwold School and Community Association, the YWCA, and the Talbot Anniversary Committee, serving in various roles including Board Chair and President.

In accord with Nonie’s wishes, no visitation or funeral are planned. A memorial reception in St. Thomas for family and friends will be arranged for a later date. The family extends its sincere thanks to all supporters and caregivers and especially the staff of the fifth floor and the Intensive Care Unit at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. If desired, donations may be made to the YWCA of St. Thomas-Elgin ( or the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation ( Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to

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  1. Condolences Bob and family Looks like Nonie lived a most fruitful and successful life.

  2. Dear Bob and family, please accept our very sincere condolences on Nonie’s passing. Will remember her!