Bowhey, Hilda Jean

Born in Euphrasia Township on September 27, 1930, a daughter of the late Robert and Gladys (nee Black) French, Hilda was proud to be a lifelong resident of the Beaver Valley. She passed away at Errinrung Long Term Care in Thornbury on Monday September 16, 2019 at the age of 88.

She is fondly remembered by her daughter Debbie (late Michael) Smith and was predeceased by her son Robert Bowhey and daughter Denise Ruthven.

She will be missed as a loved grandma by Tiah-Katelynne Smith of Thornbury, Nathan Smith (Teng Teng) of Beijing, and Josh Smith (Melissa) of San Diego and by Michelle (Alex) Lionetti, Melanie Ruthven (Tim Robertson), and Amanda Ruthven (Ian Park) and will be remembered also by her son-in-law John Ruthven of Clarksburg.

Hilda was predeceased also by Leith Bowhey in January 2008.

She is survived by a sister Pat Harker of Kincardine and a brother Doug French of Cambridge and sister Betty Baker of Barrie predeceased Hilda. She is also survived by a brother-in-law Doug Baker and will be recalled as a special aunt by their families.

Hilda will be recalled by many in the community for the affection she had for children and she cared for many. She enjoyed baking and sharing her talents with others.  Hilda was always ready for a good game of cards, preferably Bid Euchre, and she dearly cared for not only her own pets but also for all animals.

A memorial funeral service will be conducted at Grace United Church in Thornbury on Saturday October 19, 2019 at 1 p.m. followed by a reception.

A service of committal and interment of Hilda’s cremated remains will take place at a later date.

If so desired and as your expression of sympathy, and in keeping with Hilda’s love of animals, donations to the Georgian Triangle Humane Society (cheques only please) would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON  N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements are entrusted.


Saturday, October 19, 2019 1:00 PM
Memorial Service: Grace United Church, Thornbury. Saturday October 19 at 1 p.m.

donations: to the Georgian Triangle Humane Society (cheques only please) would be appreciated
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Linda Teed
    Friday, September 20, 2019

    Debbie and Tiah
    Just sending you both a warm hug. I had a few laughs with your mom in the last 17 years. I can still hear her laugh when I called her an old bugger. She laughed and said “oh Linda”
    Those memories are always with us to share and hold on to.
    A good lady.
    Love to both of you.

  2. Sandra Pyatt
    Saturday, September 21, 2019

    Debbie & Tiah
    Thinking of you both at this time. I know the last few years have been difficult for your mom. Wishing her peace now. Cherish all the fun and happy times you had together. Tiah, when I worked at BVCS, I remember her being such a proud and wonderful grandmother to you.
    Sincerest sympathies,
    Sandra Pyatt

  3. Sharon & Paul Dunn
    Saturday, September 21, 2019

    There is another bright star in the sky at night. Thinking of you during this sad time, don’t cry because it is over smile because it happened. Your mom will be missed greatly by everyone that knew and loved her.

  4. Wanda Wheeler
    Saturday, September 21, 2019

    So sorry for your loss Debbie.

  5. Betty Slade
    Monday, September 23, 2019

    Debbie & Tiah

    Thinking of both of you. Please know that Hilda was and always will be highly thought of by our family. I had a visit with her not too long ago and we had some good laughs. Loved her sense of humour. She was truly one of a kind.

    Betty & family

  6. Shirley Ann Fulford
    Monday, September 23, 2019

    Debbie I’m so sorry to hear the loss of your mom. She was a great lady. I loved her stories and her chuckle. Thoughts and prayers at this time

  7. Arlene & Carlene Osborne
    Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    Debbie & Tiah,
    Our thoughts are with you. Your Mom and I had several chats over the years and especially at tax season.
    Thinking of you.

  8. Gary & Lori Carscadden
    Wednesday, September 25, 2019

    Debbie & Tiah – so sorry for your loss. Your Mom & Grandma was such a nice neighbour and a great sitter to our kids way back in the day. Loved to see her out walking her little pug, lol. Take care & cherish the memories.
    Gary & Lori Carscadden & family

  9. Suzanne Duguay
    Friday, October 4, 2019

    Debbie and Tiah, my thoughts and prayers are with the both of you. Hilda was one special lady… I just loved it when she would come into the Pharmacy. Or even if I ran into her on the street, she would always great ya with a smile and tell ya a little story. Big hugs to you both.

    Suzanne Duguay


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