Ethel May Hollihan

Selwyn Williams

Ethel May Hollihan

1935 – 2016

With tremendous sadness, the family of Mrs. Ethel May Hollihan announces her passing at Red Deer Regional Hospital on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the age of 81 years. Ethel was born on January 9, 1935 in Wetaskiwin, Alberta to parents, Clara and Donald Eastwood, being the oldest, shared her childhood with four sisters. Ethel went to school at Arbor Park School until grade 3 and finished her grade 4 to 11 at Bobtail school east of Ponoka, AB. From there she worked in a Jewelry store. In 1956 was married. Where she lived on a Dairy Farm and was a hard working farm wife for 15 years together they raised four amazing sons. Then working at the Bank of Montreal. Ethel met the love of her life and Ethel was married Merv Hollihan and were united in marriage on June 5, 1982. Together, they worked very well and hard. Having six boys that Ethel and Merv were so proud of helping each other raise them of a combined family of 34 years of marriage, their beautiful memories would be developed by their remarkable love for one another and the family and friends they known over the years. Ethel was a women of many talents sewing, knitting, baking & decorating of many wedding cakes, dancing, curling, accounting for clubs & businesses. Being a proud member of the Mule & Donkey Club and also the Legion in Ponoka. This is only some of her great talents. Ethel will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her loving husband, Merv, her three sons, their wives and children: Son James and Micha, Granddaughter Victoria (Brandon) great grandson Daxton, Son Bill & Diane, Grandchildren Stefanie-Ann, Landen (Allison) & Kimberlynn , Son Blaine & Shelly, Grandchildren Tia (Kevin) great grandchildren Alexis & Cohen, Brittany (Klarence) great grandson Carson, Brett (Ariana), Stepsons, : Son Alton & granddaughters Candyce & great grandson Carter, Kayla & great grandsons Ryder & Hudson, Son Lloyd & Laura, grandchildren Morgan & Courtney (Jack), & Son Eugene. Memories of Ethel and will also be cherished by her four sisters, Connie (Ken) Kjenner & Family and Hazel (Reg) Rust & Family, Eveline (Don) Pederson & Family and Vera (Rudy) Brzus & Family, sister-in-law Mabel Stellwell, Brian Raab, numerous extended family and friends. Ethel was predeceased by her first son, infant Donald Rose; parents, Clara and Donald Eastwood and sisters, Vera & Evelyn. Ethel’s life will be celebrated and honoured at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 66 (3911 Hwy 2A, Ponoka, AB) on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with a private family interment before the service. Ethel’s family would like to extend their gratitude to the incredible medical team at the Ponoka & Red Deer Hospitals, along with all doctors and ambulance services for the exceptional care of their wife, mother, aunt and grandmother. We would also like to extend the thank you to all family and friends who visited Ethel at home and in both hospitals. Memorial donations in Ethel Hollihan can be made to the Heart & Stroke, Parkinson’s or Diabetes Foundations. To express condolences to Ethel’s family, please visit

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