June 2, 2011, 9:37 pm
I am so sorry for your loss. Elaine was a wonderful woman. She will be missed.
R0bert McGregor's daughter in law.
June 3, 2011, 3:06 pm
I was saddened to hear that Elaine had passed away.I will always remember my cousin fondly.I have many great memories of holidays at our Grandparents when we were children.My thoughts are with you and the entire Cook,Clare,and Marsh family.
Marica & Leonard Neilands and on behalf of Staff at WOTCH (friends of Gerda)
June 3, 2011, 4:46 pm
Sincere Condolences to Gerda (David, Elaine's children and the Marsh/ Blanshard Families) -We are saddened to hear of your loss. Our only regret is that we did not know her better..
Gerda spoke of Elaine lovingly so many times and we realize that she was indeed a very special person, with tremendous courage, warmth and a lovely smile.
God bless her, and all of you and give you strength and lovely memories always.
Marica, Leonard, and many WOTCH staff and friends
Merlin And Ann MacLean
June 3, 2011, 6:51 pm
Dear David & Sharon , Our sincere condolences at this time of loss . Unfortunately , we are unable to attend tomorrow , but our thoughts are with you
Mary Jo Winkler-Callighen
June 4, 2011, 3:17 pm
To Dave, Gerda, Kate and Chris:
It is with a sad heart that I send you my deepest condolences. A brave and inspiring woman has left this world, able to win the heart of anyone she met with her laughing eyes and dazzling smile.
I had heard about Elaine when I first began attending the ALS Support Group meetings, and when I finally arrived at Mt. Hope, Dave, I'm sorry that I kept nagging you to allow me to meet her. Elaine said she was no longer able to have long conversations. I sensed she knew I would have peppered her with questions!
As I said today to her brother Ian's daughter who kindly greeted me after Elaine's service, one smile and you were hooked; but that was only the beginning. Elaine's inner grace and courage shone through, and she effortlessly won me over. In this I was not alone.
When I moved to St. Mary's, I was thrilled to learn I was on her floor. The most meaningful thing that happened that day was hearing her say, "I'm glad you came."
Dave and Kate, I'm so sorry I didn't give you my condolences in person. Elaine must be so very proud of you both, and of Gerda and Ian: you carried out her wishes for her ceremony bravely and beautifully. Gerda, thank you so much for graciousness today. And my wish to each of you is that you may always know that you have the strength to face this day, every day.
Susan Petersen Halliday
June 8, 2011, 6:59 am
I trained with Elaine at Victoria Hospital, 1967-1970. I saw her, of course, at reunions over the years, and we always visited, and I missed her when she wasn't there, more recently, I feel so sad that we have lost her; she was always one of those special, just lovely, people, and it's my loss that I didn't try to stay in touch. She was a dear, sweet person. I'm sure she was a wonderful mom and grandmother, too.
Ange Caldwell, Nelson Caldwell and on behalf of the many friend's of Chris' @ Maitland Pines and the Goderich area
June 13, 2011, 1:55 pm
We wish to express our heartfelt sympathy in your time of loss. Though we never had the honour of meeting Elaine personally, through our friendship with Chris we know of her strong will and endless courage. May you find strength and comfort knowing you're in the hearts of friends !
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