Lillian Alice (Ferguson) Longhurst

Born: Fri., Nov. 12, 1937
Died: Mon., Sep. 30, 2019


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 03, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 03, 2019
Location: Valley Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Oct. 04, 2019
Location: Valley Funeral Home

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Lillian Alice Longhurst

Lillian was born in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, near Cherry Valley, one of many children. Prince Edward County is known for fruit growing. Her father was a farm labourer while her mother raised the kids. She grew up on the small family farm and had fond memories of the place. She sometimes told a story of her sister Betty and the farm rooster terrorizing each other, and another of a brother who tried to ride the pig (frequent unsuccessful attempts)! She met her future husband, Ted, when she was working at a canning factory, and he at a cement plant. They married and moved to Deep River when Ted got a job at Atomic Energy of Canada. They lived most of their lives in the same house on Silvie St. and raised their three boys there (Glenn, Bruce, and Brian). Lillian enjoyed a vibrant social life, which included bowling, gardening and anything else that let her meet people. She loved to talk!  Lillian canvassed for the March of Dimes and did other charity work - another chance to meet people and chat!  Lillian was able to make a couple of trips to British Columbia to visit her youngest son Brian and his partner Megan, and returned to Buchart Gardens near Victoria, a place that she and Ted first visited on their honeymoon. Lillian enjoyed baking, and is very well remembered for her famous pecan pies ( and tarts, cookies, holiday turkeys, gravy, …). Making the pies, which have to be baked at a certain temperature until they ‘jiggle’ a particular way, and then further at a lower temperature, is now a lost art. In his later years, Ted suffered from dementia, and passed on in 1996 at the age of 62. Lillian cared for him at home during his entire illness. Lillian carried on living at the family home, often with the assistance of her middle-son Bruce, and great family friends, the Potters, the Stechishens, and others. She suffered from heart problems in her later years, and passed away on September 30, 2019 at the age of 81.

The Longhurst family is grateful for the efforts of Dr. Tom Greenfield and his staff, the staff of the Deep River and District Hospital, Dr. Dick and staff of the Ottawa Heart Institute, and our many, many friends.

Friends may call at the Valley Funeral Home on Thursday, October 3 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be conducted in the chapel of Valley Funeral Home on Friday October 4 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in the Deep River Community Cemetery. In memoriam donations to the Ontario March of Dimes would be gratefully appreciated.

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Betty Cooper
   Posted Wed October 02, 2019
To Lillian’s family and friends,
We have lost a great person. Whatever her title, mom, grandmother, or friend, she was always ready to help. Goodbye friend, you will be missed

Rev. Andy and Laurene McKee
   Posted Wed October 02, 2019
Lillian was a long-time church friend; she will long be remembered for her gentleness and care and her happy spirit; Also for those pecan pies which we savored often. May her memories give you comfort; we pray for you all.

Suzanne and David Dunford
   Posted Wed October 02, 2019
So sorry to hear about your mother Glenn. I have many fond memories of our chats and shared trip to France. I will miss her smile and kind ways and especially her laugh.

Geoff & Barb Hooper
   Posted Wed October 02, 2019
We will always remember Lillian’s nice smile & friendlyness Barb&Geoff Geoff

Jenna & Michael Lee
   Posted Wed October 02, 2019
May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace through the days ahead.
Sharing in your sorrow with love and friendship. Our condolences.

Barbara Ambler
   Posted Wed October 02, 2019
My sincere condolences to you all, especially Glenn. I always looked for your mother’ cheery smile when I got to visit Community Church in recent years.

Elaine Graper
   Posted Wed October 02, 2019
So sorry for the loss of your Mother ,she was vibrant and had awesome sense of humor. Will be remembered because of laughter and out going personality.

Kim Morrison
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
Glenn, I was very saddened to hear of your Moms passing . She was a wonderful lady, always helping people with that beautiful smile . I’m glad we had a chat last week. RIP Mrs. Longhurst

Lisa (MacEwen) O'Neil
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
My sincere condolences Glenn, Bruce and family.
I have many fond memories of our family visits together in Deep River and in Ottawa. Our Mom's shared many happy times together and had been close for so many years.

Tara & Rolando
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
Dear Glenn and family,
Sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. May she rest in peace.
Tara & Rolando

Jodi Hietala
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019

My sincere condolences on the loss of your mother.
May the memories of the happy times see you through this time of sorrow.
Know that your friends are thinking of you.
Sending love.

The Davis Family
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
Our condolence to all family and friends of Lillian. She was a wonderful neighbour to us for many years and a very good friend

Ann Tooley
   Posted Sat October 05, 2019
Condolences to the family. Lillian was a lovely lady.

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