Waterloo Region Generations
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Esther Raines

Female 1910 - 1996  (86 years)


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  • Name Esther Raines 
    Born 1910  Newnham, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Christened 11 May 1910  Newnham, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Nationality , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Immigration 1912  , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Name Esther Martin 
    Residence 1921  138 Charon Ave., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Church of England 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-144736 
    Died 23 Aug 1996  Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Buried Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I144736  Generations
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2024 

    Father Joseph Thomas Raines,   b. 17 Aug 1872, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1945, Streetsville, Toronto Twp., Peel Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Emma Charlotte Jones,   b. 21 Aug 1875, Chatham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1933, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Family ID F31803  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Richard Thomas Martin,   b. 3 Dec 1903, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1974, Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Children 
     1. Marjorie Lillian Martin,   b. 16 May 1929, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 2005, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     2. George Edward Martin,   b. 1930, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1984, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     3. Elaine Martin
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2024 
    Family ID F45689  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • HOWARTH, Mrs. Esther -- At St. Joseph's Health Centre On Friday, August 23,1996 Esther Howarth (nee Raines) of Water Street in her 87th year. Beloved wife of the late Albert Howarth and the late Richard Martin. Dear mother of Marjorie Voegtle and her husband Melvin of Kitchener, Elaine Coursey and her husband Jack of Kitchener, Richard Martin and his wife Catherine of Mississauga, Mary Ann King and her husband Ronald of Bobcaygeon, Diane Zajac and her husband Roy of R.R. #7 Peterborough, Gerald Martin and his wife Debbie of
      Peterborough and the late George and Mary Martin. Grandmother of 23 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. Survived by her sisters Edith Haid of Kitchener and Anne Golding of Toronto.

      Friends will be received at the Comstock Funeral Home, 356 Rubidge Street from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral service to be held from St. John's Anglican Church on Monday, August 26, 1996 at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Canon Ronald Davidson officiating. Interment Little Lake Cemetery.


      Kitchener-Waterloo Record August 24, 1996

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      EULOGY at the Funeral of Esther Howarth, August 26, 1996, St. John's Anglican Church, Peterborough, Ontario.

      Written and delivered by Mr. Ron King.

      TRIBUTE TO MOM

      ...it is a real privilege for me to be asked to speak today, on behalf of the family, as we celebrate the life of Esther.. our Mom and Gramma.

      We have just heard a passage read from I CORINTHIANS, often referred to as the "LOVE" chapter.. on which is frequently read at weddings. It is just as appropriate for today, as we gather to remember Mom. The closing verses speak of faith, hope and love.. the greatest of these is love. As we reflect on Mom's life, what better word could we use to describe those 86 years. but love.

      Above all, Gramma loved her family.. Mom always said that she was fortunate to have had two husbands who loved her. Dick, her husband of nearly forty six years, with whom she had seven children, was her first love. Married a second time, to Albert, she not only gained a companion for fifteen years, but also his family, as might have been expected, she very soon adopted them as her own.

      Mom was, indeed, the common bond which kept us close. She delighted in sharing news, as she kept in regular contact with each of us. We often found that during a visit to another family member we had no news to share. Mom had beaten us to it! She rejoiced in each new baby, and for many years her bags were rarely unpacked as she arrived to welcome each new grandchild, and stay to wash or clean or cook.

      Mom shared in each of our accomplishments, loved hockey games, skating carnivals, suffered through a few long, hot, recitals, and proudly displayed many graduation photos. We could always count on her to encourage us in our disappointments, and provide a soft shoulder to cry on. However, none of us ever got past the point of receiving a stern lecture if she felt we needed it!

      If you follow the stock market trends, you will notice that Carlton Card stocks took a tumble this weekend, as the news of Mother's passing became known. birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions were always opportunities for Mom to send that card which she lovingly chose for each of us. Often they contained a ticket for that lottery which she would share. The anticipation of one of us winning excited her. With eighty three descendants, this added up to a few hours in the card shop at the beginning of each month. mom refused to buy all occasion cards, it had to be just the right message.

      Gramma's transportation to the annual Christmas party always took a good deal of planning.. the idea of renting a U-Haul van was often raised, but two trips always sufficed. This was one time Mom resorted to "generic" gifts.. she always brought one or two of them in case one of the kids brought a new boyfriend or girlfriend. Nobody was left out! The best part was not always the gift you received, but Mom's obvious delight in having chosen it just for you.

      To friends and acquaintances, Mom's love for her family was evident. The pictures, the stories, the frequent visits, the phone calls were all eagerly shared. She had faith in us, she had hopes for us, but most of all she loved us!!

      Mom loved life, she had a zest for life which never waned. She was always a person on the go, visiting out-of-town families, delivering menus or working in the tuck shop at St. john's centre, preparing vegetables for the freezer(which most of us took home because she always had more than she could use) clearing the dinner table quickly to get out the cards or rummy cubes, or cheering for the Blue Jays (especially her Joe Carter). Inactivity was the bane of her existence.

      This zest for life was something she inherited from her Mom and shared with her sisters. Mom was very young when her Mother packed up six daughters and moved from Ottawa to Kitchener, leaving only a note for her husband, who was working on the harvest in the west. This spirit carried mom through some tough times, life was not always easy. It was a fighting spirit which carried her through many illnesses, the loss of many loved ones, and was evident to us as we sat by her bedside during these past weeks.

      It was also a spirit which kept her young! You could never say Mom was against change, with a five generation gap between Gramma and her great, great, grandchildren, she was often faced with ideas which were not part of her experience.. yet she loved us through it all.

      Whenever you heard Gramma say "You know, I was just thinking, we knew it was time to buy a new house, new furniture, or at the very least rearrange all of the old pieces. No doubt she has already given St. Peter a few suggestions.

      Mom's spirit was sometimes a fiery spirit, most of us could relate at least one instance when the wrath of Esther fell upon us! Aunt Anne just told us yesterday that, in all of her ninety-six years, Mom was the only one who could boss her. She did, indeed possess a lively spirit, one which allowed her to always live life to the fullest. Mom loved life.

      Mom's love of God guided and directed her life. From her early years as a child in Sunday School at St. john's in Kitchener to her later years at St. George's and her at St. John's, being a part of the church family was important to her. The Eucharist was her favourite service, and she loved the quiet of the mid-week communions she regularly attended. It was within the context of her faith that she celebrated the joys and found comfort in times of sorrow. We always knew we were in her prayers. Those of you who have visited her apartment will know that she kept a copy of Footprints in the Sand where she could reread it often. The page of her daily scripture calendar was always turned. This faith was expressed outwardly in many tangible ways.. a card to encourage someone, cookies delivered to a friend, a call to say "I'm thinking about you.

      Moms church family was very important to her, and one which often afforded her strength and encouragement. Her church also offered her a special place to live, St. John's Centre, where she took such pride in her apartment and being part of the activities.

      Her hospitality was also an expression of her faith, as has been mentioned in her sharing the Eucharist with Shut-ins in her apartment. More often it was a cup of tea and a visit. What we saw in mom was a reflection of the great love God had for her. She loved her God.

      Gramma and Love, were, indeed synonymous.

      Last summer, we were fortunate to have been in Edinburgh at the time of the Tall Ships race. as we stood on the shore of the Firth of Forth, watching those magnificent vessels sail off, we couldn't help feel saddened at the thought of never seeing them again. However, the thought soon occurred to us, that on the far shore stood a welcome party. Imagine the joy and the excitement that awaited them!

      Imagine, too the welcome awaiting Gramma, Dad, Albert, George and Mary, Sandy ..., all there to greet her, to welcome her with love.

      Sail on, great lady!!!

      ______________________

      HOWARTH, Mr. Albert, At Riverview Manor Nursing Home on Friday, June 26, 1992. Albert Howarth of 440 Water Street, 40 year member of St George's Choir, in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Esther Martin and the late Evelyn Howarth. Dear step-father of Marjorie Voegtle and her husband Mel of Kitchener, Elaine Coursey and her husband Jack of Kitchener, Richard Martin and his wife Cathy of Mississauga, Mary Ann King and her husband Ron of Bobcaygeon, Diane Zajac and her husband Roy of Peterborough, Gerald Martin and his wife Debbie of Peterborough. Also survived by 20 grandchildren and 23 Great grandchildren. Dear uncle of Gordon Helm and his wife Isobelle of Hudson Quebec, and Dorothy Prime of Vermount. Resting at the Comstock Funeral Home, 356 Rubidge Street from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The service will be held at St. John's Anglican Church on Monday, June 29th at 10: 30 a.m. The Reverend Canon Ronald Davidson officiating. Interment Rosemount Memorial Gardens. Special thanks to Nursing staff 3rd floor Medical St. Joseph's General Hospital.3a

      3aPeterborough Examiner 28 Jun 1992

  • Sources 
    1. [S74] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1948-1994), Obituary of Esther Raines - August 24, 1996.

    2. [S1987] Church Records - England, Kent, Newnham - St. Peter & Paul.
      Baptized In the Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul, Newnham, Kent, England 11 May 1910. Ceremony performed by Francis May M.A. Vicar.

    3. [S490] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - The Record (1994-March 2008), Obituary of Mrs. Esther Howarth - 24 Aug 1996.

    4. [S2264] Census - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1921, Sub Dist. 19 Page 8.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1910 - Newnham, , Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 11 May 1910 - Newnham, , Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNationality - - , Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1912 - , Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1921 - 138 Charon Ave., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Church of England - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Aug 1996 - Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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