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In Loving Memory of

Ellen Duly


Obituary of Ellen Duly

Duly, Ellen (Cunningham)

Peacefully surrounded with love and her family, Ellen passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at the Welland Hospital, at the age of 82. She has been reunited with her husband Wilfred (2016). Loving and devoted mother of Brad (Kathleen) Little, Catherine Cunningham (Sean Perry), Carrie (Angelo) Zeffiro, John (Sharon) Cunningham, and Linda Cunningham. Fun and cherished Nana of Cara, James, Daniel, Drew, Kristina and Olivia. Ellen will be remembered by her sister-in-law, Dianne Cunningham, by her stepchildren, Marilyn (Jim) Colbert, Lois (Tom) Peskitt, Glen Duly, and also by her nephews and nieces; Jonathan, Rebekah, Susan, Kathleen, Maureen, Michael, Lauren, and Darren (1993). She was predeceased by her sisters Joyce and June, and by her twin brother Earl.

Ellen was a gentle and kind lady whose beloved personality grew on everyone she met. Her vocation in life was being a dedicated and wonderful mother, and eventually she naturally took on the role as Nana. Our mom created a loving home which often had music playing in the background and some candy jars of Jujubes or an assortment of licorice.

An incredibly important part of Ellen’s life was that she was a woman of faith. She was a long-time member of St. Andrew’s United Church and will be missed by her friends from church.

Above all, Ellen was generous in giving her time to family, this is when you would truly see her glow! Ellen enjoyed countless hours of playing cards, creatively making crafts and colouring. Mom loved celebrations, whether it was birthdays, Christmas, or Easter. Any reason for her family to come together was a big deal! Though our hearts are sad as we say goodbye to our wonderful mother and Nana, we are blessed to have a lifetime of loving memories.

The family is eternally grateful for the loving care mom received at the River Road Retirement Home for nearly five years. You kept her safe and happy, for this we are thankful. In accordance with Ellen’s wishes, cremation has taken place and arrangements are entrusted with Essentials Cremation and Burial Services. A Celebration of Ellen’s life will be held at Club Italia, 2525 Montrose Road, Niagara Falls, on Monday, August 17, 2020. A family gathering will begin at 10am and a service will take place at 11am. Following the ceremony, an interment will be held at Pleasantview Memorial Gardens, Hwy 20, Fonthill. In accordance with Ontario's provincial rules regarding COVID-19, attendance is limited to 100 people for outdoor gatherings. If you wish to attend Ellen’s memorial service, please RSVP to Essentials by calling 905-354-2133. Masks are not mandatory while outdoors, though they are encouraged. Attendance, social distancing will be monitored and enforced. Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations given to Project Share (online) would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be shared on Ellen’s tribute page found at

Service Information

A Celebration of Life

Date: August 17, 2020
Start Time: 11:00 am
End Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: Club Italia, 2525 Montrose Road, Niagara Falls


Date: August 17, 2020
Start Time: 12:30 pm
End Time: 1:00 pm
Venue: Pleasantview Memorial Gardens, Hwy 20, Fonthill.

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Abbey & Dave Robinson
3 years ago

Sending our love & sincere condolences to Catherine, Linda, Carrie and the rest of the family for the loss of their mother. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.

3 years ago

Catherine and Carrie and all the rest of the family. We are so sorry for your loss. Your mom will be forever in your hearts and memories. May she RIP. Sending healing thoughts and prayers. Anne and Breanne Jackson.

Robert Tripp and family
3 years ago

So sorry for your loss, John and family. May God bless and keep you in His care.

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Alison Rennie McIntosh
3 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss.

Greg Giles
3 years ago

Condolences to the family; never easy to lose a parent no matter what age. I have fond memories of Ellen, especially when her kids were young teenagers and we used to hang out at their home together. Always a warm and fun place. Lots of hugs!

Kim Kanwisher
3 years ago

Although I never had the privilege to meet Carrie’s beloved mother, I am saddened by her loss for Carrie and the rest of her family, friends and church community. May many memories of happier times comfort you all during this very difficult time 💔

Rose Baldinelli
3 years ago

My deepest condolences to the Cunningham thoughts and prayers are with you all ❤️❤️

Dan & Pam Croteau
3 years ago

Our Sincerest Heartfelt Condolences to this Wonderful Family!
The Finnegan Family
(Pam&Dan Croteau)

Kelly Blanchfield
3 years ago

A wonderful lady
I have fond memories…. Thoughts and prayers. ……


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