LATREILLE, Dorothy Gene (nee Murphy) -
Born May 9, 1926 on a farm between Alliston and Rosemont, Ontario. Died June 6, 2018 of old age in Guelph, Ontario.
Gene is survived by her son David of Guelph (wife Lana Tarrant), niece Dianne McVicar (husband Don), nephews Jim (wife Beth), Robert (wife Ruth), and Jack Murphy (wife Ruth), and best friend “Mitzy”. She is predeceased by her husband Ted in 2016.
Gene grew up on the family farm with her older brother Ken, and her parents Gladstone and Ethel Murphy. The farm property was purchased in 1845 by Gene’s Great Grandfather, Robert Murphy, who emigrated from Draperstown, Northern Ireland in 1831 with his parents. Gene and her big brother Ken shared the farm chores of milking the cows and feeding the pigs and sheep. While farm life can seem idyllic, it was a difficult life and Gene held few romantic notions about it then and the charming, stone farmhouse she shared with her family that was so frigidly cold in the winter. After graduating from high school in Alliston, Gene matriculated at the teachers college in Toronto and thereafter began her 35-year teaching career in 1948 in a one-room schoolhouse east of Alliston. Her next stop was teaching the children of military personnel at Base Borden. A few years later she and a few of her girlfriends, who were also teachers, decided to strike out on an adventure and moved to Copper Cliff, just outside of Sudbury, to try their hand at teaching in the boisterous mining community.
It was in a bowling league in Copper Cliff that Gene met Ted Latreille, who would become her husband. They were married August 7, 1954 in Alliston at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church and were married for 62 years. In 1954 they built a house on Cranbrook Crescent in Sudbury, which remained their home for the next 40 years. Gene made many friends in the neighbourhood, hosting New Year’s parties, bridge parties, and retirement parties for neighbours. Gene and Ted loved to dance and were truly a vision on the dance floor. They were active in the Anglican Church, first attending St. James and later, the Church of the Resurrection in Sudbury.
As well, Gene belonged to Sorority and enjoyed her time with her Sorority sisters. After retiring, Gene was able to satisfy her travel bug by going on two trips with her fellow retired teachers. Travelling to Australia and Asia was a highlight. As well, she did a European tour and especially enjoyed Switzerland, which she dreamed about since reading “Heidi” as a young girl on the farm. In 1995 Gene and Ted moved to the Thornbury area where they lived the rest of their retirement years until 2015. Gene was a wonderful cook and an even better baker. She made an incredible key lime pie, which turned out to be a lucrative fundraiser for her church in Clarksburg and her community in Florida.
Fitness was a lifelong passion for Gene that started early with a gym membership and she regularly swam during her working life. Later on she took up aerobics and fitness classes, which she attended three or four times a week. She enjoyed remarkable health for her first 88 years.
Gene and Ted became snowbirds and bought a place in St. Petersburg, Florida where they lived during the winters for 25 plus years. In failing health, Gene and Ted moved to Guelph in 2015 to be closer to their son David. The last few years were more difficult ones as Gene suffered some health issues, became confined to a wheelchair and suffered from dementia. Gene was a good woman, an incredible wife and mother, and a true joy. She had a good, long life and left all those who knew her with many wonderful memories. She will be greatly missed.
A celebration of Gene’s life will be held at St. George’s Anglican Church in Clarksburg, Ontario on Monday, July 9th, 2018 at 2 pm. Arrangements entrusted to the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 519-822-0051 or www.wallcustance.com. In lieu of flowers, donations to World Vision would be appreciated, as it was a charity that Gene supported for most of her life.
|A tree will be planted in memory of D. Gene Latreille in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2:30 pm.|