Perfect submission, perfect delight. Visions of rapture now burst on my sight.
In her own home, while surrounded by family, on Jan. 11, 2010, Zelma Ellen “Tiny” Frenette peacefully left this world to walk the Streets of Gold with her precious saviour, Jesus Christ.
Zelma was nicknamed “Tiny” by her father, who deemed her to be the “tiny” baby out of their brood of 12 children and the name stuck with her for all of her 99 years.
Tiny was born of tough pioneer stock to Victor and Zelma Phillips in Southey, Sask. on June 1, 1910.
At 12 years of age, she relocated with her family, first to Emo, Ont. and then later to Fort Frances, Ont.
Tiny was predeceased by her husband, Leonard; and her father and her mother.
She was the last and most long-lived of her siblings, Myrtle Mathews, Grace Hryhor, Wendell Phillips, Eddie Phillips, Beatrice Halvorson, Leoma Monrean, Mamie Ruth, Lucille Nelson, Norma Dale, Leonard Phillips, and Leo Phillips.
She is survived by her two loving children, Victoria Wishart (Bill) of Fort Frances, Ont. and Maurice Frenette of Dryden, Ont.; as well as by her adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Laurie-Ann Frenette-Mubita of Dryden, Ont., Shirlee (David) Rustan of Smiths Falls, Ont., Shari Frenette of Thunder Bay, Ont., Murray Frenette of Dryden, Ont., Nicole (Nathan) Termchuk of Barrie, Ont., Kristen Wishart of Fort Frances, Ont., Sabina and Gillian Mubita of Thunder Bay, Ont., Kyle, Brock, and Joel Rustan of Smiths Falls, Ont., and Grace and Isabella Frenette of Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tiny was proof that youth and vigour can be sustained by enjoying life to the fullest and taking pleasure in simple things. Tiny loved working outdoors and in her garden–she had the greenest thumb imaginable.
She was a social butterfly and enjoyed nothing more than a good conversation, be it with friends, family, or a stranger in the grocery line or on the bus, which is where she met Susan Johnstone, who became one of her dearest friends.
Even when time inevitably imposed greater and greater limitations, Tiny remained cheerful and upbeat and concerned more about others than herself. Such characteristics depict a truly great life, no matter how quietly and unassumingly it may have been spent.
Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 from noon-1 p.m. at the Apostolic Way, 324 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, with services to follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Sean Ward officiating.
Interment will take place in Fort Frances Cemetery.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations can be made to the Gideons International in Canada.
Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com