Mother, survivor, church member, musician, artist, hostess, friend. Born Sept. 25, 1908 in Rouleau, Saskatchewan. Died April 11, 2006 at the age of 97.
Edna was the third child born to John and Ethel Clarke in a family of 11. n 1928, she married John Scott, who predeceased her in 1934 leaving her a widow at age 25 with four very young children.
During the depression it was a struggle, but Edna was strong and a real survivor.
In 1940 she married Cpl. Douglas Fotheringham who had joined the army and was stationed in Regina.
In 1942, Douglas was posted to R.C.S.M.E. Chilliwack. At that time the family moved out to Sardis, B.C. and became actively involved in school, church and community activities.
Edna’s calling was her church. She belonged to Carman Church and led the choir for over 35 years.
She was a great leader and instrumental in starting the United Church women’s movement and served as the first provincial president. She belonged to Toast Mistress for many years. When she was 69 she took up oil painting. Like all her endeavours, she became an accredited artist.
She was predeceased by Douglas in 1984 and two sisters and four brothers. She is survived by two daughters, Donna Nelmes (Owen), Bradley, Mary-Ann and Jeffrey; Irene McEown (Don), Ardis, Allan and Jill; two sons, Dr. Allan Fotheringham (Anne) of Toronto, Brady, Kip and Cesca; Dr. John Fotheringham (Gail) of Mt. Vernon, WA, John, Debra and Kerri. Also, 24 great-grandchildren (12 boys and 12 girls).
She is survived by one sister, Ruby Miller, of Ottawa, three brothers, Harvey Clarke of Prince George, and Jim Clarke and Dale Clarke of SK.
We would like to thank the staff at Bradley Center for all the wonderful care and attention they gave Edna. We would especially like to thank Judy Thibault, her caregiver, for her wonderful care and attention for the past several years.
A memorial service will be held at Carman Church in Sardis at a future date in May.