Mrs. Adena Pilkey passed away into the loving arms of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, after a full life well-lived, at the age of 96 years. She and her husband lived on the Pilkey family farm on Airport Road, Tillsonburg, from 1954 until 1997. With an abundance of hard work over the years, the couple grew their farm and eventually owned it. Adena enjoyed being an active member of the community and helping others. Besides helping her husband on the farm, she was a devoted member and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church in Tillsonburg, a member of the Ostrander Women's Institute and a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society. Adena was an accomplished artist excelling in needlework, flower arrangement and cake artistry. She also enjoyed gardening and reading. Family meant everything to her and she always put them first and foremost.
Adena was the lovingly devoted wife of the late Glenn (2013), with whom she was blessed to share 61 wonderful years of marriage. She was the best mother ever to Sheryl (Robert), Leanne (William) and Douglas (Lynne), and a proud grandmother of four adored grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Adena will always be lovingly remembered by her siblings Henry (late June), Lillian (late Cameron) and Edith (late John), and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents Ernest Henry (Albert) and Frances Mary (née Burrow) Hampel, and siblings Marie Hampel, Beatrice Hampel, Lewis Hampel (late Dane), Fred Hampel (late Ella) and Nora Moreau (late Andrew).
"Adena was a beautiful, wonderful lady who loved the Lord and has now been united with her beloved husband." - A. Harley
"I enjoyed working with her so much at Coyle's, in the cake decorating department. She always had a great smile. (We) are so honoured that she made our wedding cake for us many years ago." - K. Robinson
"Adena had put in alot of miles over her time at Woodingford Lodge...wheeling around from one side to other and back again. She would look up at you whenyou spoke to her with a smile and a nod of her head and off she would go again. Staff and residents have already said 'l miss seeing Adena in the hallway.'" - C. I. Ford
(Verhoeve Funeral Home, Langton & Tillsonburg, Ontario)