Our condolences to your families. She was a wonderful person.
Lorne & Alberta Fair
Remembering my beautiful Grandmother Dufton. Just a few months shy of 100 she died on January 16th, 2022.
She was a beautiful person and soul. I remember her always being very well dressed, always wearing nice pieces of jewelry, nails painted and heels even up until the day she left us, she never lost her sense of fashion with age.
I have many memories with her and my grandfather in Arcadia Florida where we would go swimming, play shuffleboard, line dance and ride their side by side tandem bikes.
St. George where you’d find us playing tetherball or dominos. I spent many overnight stays baking and cooking with her and she also taught me to knit which I have taken back up in recent years as I was not very adapt when I was younger. We also spent several days one summer making/sewing clothes for my many cabbage patch kid dolls which I still have kept to this day and will always remember our time spent together.
Princeton later in life when she was with my grandfather Keith where we would visit the farm with dairy cows and of course I had to try to play with the barn kittens which I one day took one home. Learn to make her famous dinner rolls which I am regretfully still trying to master. Always wanted just one more lesson. The family dinners we had will always be cherished.
These last few years in Paris were always great visits, most recently with COVID difficult to navigate but we managed as best we could.
I am happy she is resting peacefully now with my grandfather but I will miss her terribly.
Love you always Grandma,
All of my grandparents have left me with special memories but my Grandma Dufton was with me the longest at 99. She died on Sunday, January 16th, 2022, 2 months shy of 100. I thought she'd live forever. (I believe she would still be here if not for the pandemic but I won't get into those details.)
She became my Grandma at the age of 51 and as far as I could tell, she was always the same beautiful person.
I remember the hair salon she ran out of the house on King William Street where we'd play with the sit-down hair dryers. Her dinners seemed to always include tomato juice, something with raisins in it and the best homemade dinner rolls. There were day trips to Storybook Gardens, the African Lion Safari and longer adventures in the motorhome. I remember on one occasion, spending a Halloween RVing somewhere and Grandma helping to dress me up as a zombie Maple Leaf hockey player.
Eventually the motorhome was replaced with a second home in Arcadia, Florida where she and grandpa were yearly snowbirds. It was here that we'd play shuffleboard, card games, swim and socialize under the warm Florida sun.
The last time I visited Arcadia was 30 years ago, I talked her into buying me beer from Walmart.
I remember her supporting grandpa's Lions Club activities, many of which were the reason they ventured out in the RV.
I remember visiting Grandma and Grandpa at their apartment on High Street on the way home with my friend Jay. We told them about a bar we'd been to the night before with friends and Grandma seemed quite amused.
The later move to the farm with Grandpa Keith brought another set of experiences, the most special of which was her new role as Great Grandma. Still baking delicious dinner rolls and pies, my girls were treated to brief moments into farm life- wide open spaces, cattle, kittens and dogs, but most importantly, family.
Grandma was an oil painter, a seamstress, a knitter, a quilter and a crocheter - even I learned to crochet. Until recently she handmade greeting cards and I've kept them all. She was an artist, a dancer, a cook and a baker but her most important role was matriarch. She seemed perpetually happy and always interested.
Visiting with her these last few years in Paris had its highs and lows (pandemic restrictions) but I sent her flowers regularly to let her know she was loved and missed.
I'm glad she's now peacefully resting with Grandpa in her cherished home of St. George. I will miss her terribly but will hold onto the memories.
Love you always Grandma,
On behalf of my mother, Jeannine Simon, and I… our heartfelt condolences to the family. My mother met Rhoda 6 months ago at the Queensview retirement home when she moved to Paris at the end of June 2021. She immediately clicked with Rhoda and they became inseparable. She would talk about Rhoda every day to me and I loved seeing my mom so happy to have made a wonderful friend. She told me she was like a sister to her. When she found out she had passed, my mom was devastated. She is happy she had met her, but sad that it was a short time lived. Thanks Rhoda, you will always be remembered and one day, Mom will see you again. May you Rest In Peace and God Bless. Florence Eddie
Our sincere condolences to Glen & Louise, Allan & Kathy and their families. Rhoda was a beautiful lady both inside and out.She was kind, thoughtful and caring and carried herself through life with a fabulous sense of style and fashion. Rhoda was a wonderful friend to our mom … a friendship that began in 1953 when our family moved to St.George and lasted a life time. Our lives were definitely enriched for having known her.
Forever in our hearts
Rick & Mary Graham ( nee Reeder)
Rhoda was a lovely, elegant lady I have known my whole life. I particularly enjoyed knowing her & working with her in St. George Women’s Institute which she still attended well into her 90’s. Sincere sympathy to her “boys” ….. my old school chums…..and their families. Mary Jackson Derbyshire
Glen and Allan The Ernest Salmon family (John, Audrie, Virginia, Irene, Morley, Keith and Karen) express our sincere sympathy to you and your families on the passing of your mother.
Our heartfelt condolences to you, Kathy and the entire Dufton family on the passing of your mother. It is very difficult and sorrowful to lose someone so dear to us. We hope the thoughts and concern of friends and family are a comfort to you. May happier memories of times past bring a peacefulness to you as you share those memories together.
Matt and Fran
My sincere condolences to Rhoda’s family. I will always remember her for her sense of humour and her boundless energy. She was always impeccably dressed. I grew to know her at the Queensview retirement community where I also reside. She was well liked and will be missed.
Sincere condolences to all of Rhoda’s family. Arch and I have wonderful memories of being her neighbour both in childhood when she lived beside the ice skating rink and in adulthood when we all lived on King William St. She was a lovely woman and we were privileged to know her. Archie & Glenda Kerr (nee Bowden), Sarnia ON