|Birth: ||Jan. 12, 1913|
|Death: ||Oct., 2005|
Etha Edna Macaulay (1913 - 2005
Etha Keller was born in Eldorado Springs, Missouri on January 12, 1913. She came into this country in the spring of 1917 when her family moved from Stockton, Missouri. Her mother and father, Harrison and Martha Keller and their two little daughters, Virgie and Etha arrived by train and lived with Martha's brother, Bill Chaney, until Mr. Keller had their house built on the Lake Road north of Consort. Sister Georgia was born after they settled here. The children went to school in Consort travelling by horse-drawn van.
In the history book, "The Sunny Side of the Neutrals", Etha recalls expeditions to Gooseberry Lake or into the hills to pick berries, travelling by team and democrat and taking a picnic lunch, so they could be gone all day. These were happy outings. One time in 1919 they were returning home, when strange clouds gathered. They raced for shelter and got into a small shack at the uncles place. It was a cyclone which picked up the shack and dropped it back down around them while they remained standing on the floor. This same storm destroyed part of a brick wall of the new Consort Excelsior School.
Etha went to Normal School and became a teacher. On February 19, 1935, Etha and Walter MacAulay were married in Consort and settled on the J.R. MacAulay place northwest of Whitton School.They remained there for eight and a half years before moving to the Charlie Oliver farm in 1943. A year later, Etha started teaching again at Whitton School and continued for the next three years. Quote: "I drove my saddle mare, Betty, to school hitched to a one-horse cart in summer and a cutter in wintertime. She ran away with me many times going home from school, but before we covered the three miles she would slow down so I could control her".
In May of 1950, Dean, two and a half years, joined their family and in December of 1951, Barry, three and a half years, was added to the family. "With only 8 months difference in their ages, it was like having twins!"
In the early years, entertainment had involved trips to the neighbors for an evening of cards or house dances; maybe a trip to Gooseberry Lake for a dip or a game of softball. Later, in 1954, Walter and Etha joined the Consort Whirl-a-Ways square dance club and enjoyed many years of square dancing.
Walter retired in 1977 and sold some of the land to Leonard Babcock. In May 1978, following Walter's death, Etha sold the remaining land to Leonard but kept the house and a few acres where she continued to live, enjoying her garden, flowers and fruit trees. She also travelled across Canada, the States and to Europe. She moved into Consort in 1989 and during her ten years at the Lodge, kept a big flower garden. In 1999, she moved to a duplex on Consort's upper main street and spent five years there before moving to the Extended Care ward of the Consort Hospital where she passed away on October 15, 2005.
The funeral was held Friday, October 21st with interment at 1:00 p.m. in the Lakeroad Cemetery followed by a service in Knox United Church, Consort at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Sandy Macpherson officiating. Dean MacAulay gave a tribute to his mother.
Etha leaves her two sons: Dean and his wife, Peggy of Calgary and their daughters, Jennifer of Banff and Deanna of Calgary; Barry of Castor; two sisters, Virgie McNicol of Prince George, B.C. and Georgia Field of Calgary.
Walter Oliver Macaulay (1908 - 1978)*
Hanna Census Division
Created by: Glenda Yearley
Record added: Jul 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94215668
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