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Publication: Gazette (Montreal), The
Issue: 10 July 2010
Title: MARY EDYTHE FROSST (Death Notice)
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MARY EDYTHE FROSST November 5, 1909 - July 8, 2010 Beloved wife, devoted mother, wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away in London, Ontario in her one hundred and first year, July 8, 2010, after a rich and rewarding life. Born in Bedford, Quebec to Etta and Asa Foster, Edythe married Charles E. Frosst in Montreal in 1931. She participated strongly in her husband's responsibilities with the family business, Charles E. Frosst & Co., Manufacturing Pharmacists. As devoted parents, they raised Charles (Marion), Alan (Janet), and Linda Adams (Stephen) in Montreal. Grandmother to Heather, Chuck, Jennifer, Nancy Ann, Douglas, Rebecca (dec. 1987), Gillian, Susan and Jennifer, with thirteen great-grandchildren. Dear sister to the late Richard Dickinson and William Ernest Foster, she had an intense interest in the heritage of the Quebec Eastern Townships, where her ancestors had formed a significant presence during the founding of Knowlton in Brome County. Edythe was the ever-present mother who enjoyed seeing her children grow and immerse themselves in productive lives, while she, herself, kept busy with extensive volunteer work at St. Andrew's United Church, Westmount, Quebec. As an accomplished pianist, whose devotion to music was inspired by her mother's own experiences, she instilled her love of music in her family. Following her move to Hamilton, Ontario, she entered into active roles in Melrose United Church, while her friends welcomed her daily letter-writing that maintained important contacts in Montreal. A member of Montreal's "Diggers and Weeders", she continued her passion with flowers in Hamilton, both through gardening and design, as well as with The Royal Botanical Gardens. She continued also with her great interest in antiques, diligent research, and numerous presentations that involved an extensive collection of antique teapots. As years passed, she became involved with seniors, which led to recognition in Hamilton for her understanding that growing old need not be with regret but rather can provide years of fulfillment, although she would quote that "Old age is not for Sissies." Her strength in accepting her own senior years gave so many others an appreciation of how the values and gifts bestowed by longevity benefit one's own mission as well as those of the following generations. Edythe's passing brings to a close her generation in both the Frosst and Foster families. Grateful thanks to Highview Residences of London, Helping Hands Plus, peopleCare Oakcrossing, and Dr. Brendan Dempsey for their assistance during Edythe's final years. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to McGill University, c/o Mrs. Lori Yersh, McGill University - Development, Martlet House, 1430 Peel Street, Montreal, QC, H3A 3T3. Please mention the Merck Frosst PDF for Alzheimer's Disease Research Project.