Passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 21, 2020.
Maurine was born on January 22, 1918 in the village of Eyebrow, Saskatchewan. Her father was a Methodist minister so the church was always at the center of family life. She had fond memories of a childhood in Penticton, B.C. and grew up in Vancouver. She and her sister Gwen benefited from a fine musical training, often performing as a vocal duo at church and other functions. In addition to church and family, music remained an important part of her life. She sang in church choirs throughout her life and spent many happy years as a member of the Toronto Mendelssohn choir.
In 1940 she married her teenage sweetheart, Wordie Hetherington, who also happened to be a member of the church congregation. They moved from Vancouver to St. Catharines, Ontario where he had a job as an engineer. He was soon posted to Montreal as part of the war effort, and that is where their first two children (Diane and Donald) were born. After the war, they moved back to St. Catharines where her two other sons (David and Lloyd) were born. In 1959, they moved to Toronto where Mom was delighted to be in a place that offered much more opportunity for enjoyment of classical music.
In addition to music and church, raising a family was the focus of Mom's life. She was always there whenever one of us had a scrape that needed to be nursed or to dispense strong words of advice when that was needed. We grew up in a tight-knit loving family that provided all the support, encouragement and example that allowed us to succeed as professionals and raise our own families. One of us even became a professional musician!
Life was not always kind to Maurine. She lost her life partner in 2008 after 68 years of marriage. Then she lost her daughter Diane in 2011 and, just last year, her youngest son Lloyd.
At the age of 102, Mom had had a long and very full life. She was ready to go.
She is survived by her older sister Gwen, her two surviving children, Donald (Anne) and David (Lee) and the spouses of Diane (Joe) and Lloyd (Denise). She is also survived by a healthy tribe of 10 grand children and 15 great grand children.
A memorial service will be held sometime in the future - when it becomes possible.
Info: A memorial service will be held in Toronto at Humber Valley United Church on Saturday December 12 at 2:00 pm. Because of COVID restrictions, attendance is by invitation only and is limited to 10 people. The service will be live streamed at : https://youtu.be/W32ZriDp5dE .