WILKINSON, Ada Phoebe

Ada Wilkinson (nee Hatheway) passed away peacefully at H.J. McFarland Memorial Home on Tuesday May 24th, 2022, in her 99th year. She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Bev Skidmore, her many nieces and nephews, her friends and her adoring Morkie, Charlie Brown. Her much loved husband, Wilkie, passed away 3 years ago after 74 years of marriage. Ada was born in the small logging community of Plaster Rock, New Brunswick on March 25th, 1924. She was born the third youngest of 8 children. She remembered having an idyllic childhood surrounded by lots of affection. There she had the opportunity to develop her love of sports, namely skiing and baseball. In later years she played a lot of tennis and became quite the golfer, a game she truly loved. She walked the golf course in Wellington until she was 92 years old! Ada had many other talents besides sports. She hosted her own radio show in Zweibrücken, Germany while living there for three years with her husband Wilkie who was in the air force. She was elected President of the local Professional Women’s Business Association while living in Georgetown, Ontario and enjoyed many years of singing with Sweet Adelines. Many pictures were taken of her outstanding Yorkshire pudding that she made in a cast iron frying pan. Her fruit pies with her amazing pastry were legendary. In 1965, Wilkie and Ada purchased a small waterfront cottage in the Village of Wellington and spent 57 happy years in The County. In 1975 she opened County Book ‘n’ Craft in Picton with her daughter Bev and son-in-law, Don. It was the only book store in the area and also became the first local artist and artisan showplace. In 1985, the store had 70 local artistic contributors, but unfortunately it burned in the fire if that same year that destroyed many businesses in the downtown area. Ada was an active member of the United Church in Wellington for 45 years singing in their choir for many years. Many thanks to all the staff at H.J. McFarland Memorial Home and to Dr. Nancekievill for the excellent care and love she received for the past 3 years. They were all magnificent and greatly appreciated. Ada led a full and interesting life. She never shied away from new challenged or adventures. She was witty, lively, and loved socializing. She was quite the lady. Ada rested at the Rushnell Funeral Home, 33 Main St, Picton. Messages of condolence and photos may be shared at www.rushnellfamilyservices.com