It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Mary Isabelle Culliton on February 25, 2018 at the age of 91 surrounded by the love of her family.  Born December 31, 1926 in Seaforth to the late Thomas and Gertrude Purcell, Isabelle was raised on a farm north of Dublin with siblings Mary Catherine (Raymond) Smith and the late Martin (Lorraine) Purcell.  Isabelle leaves behind four children: Don (Donna), Paul (Nancy), Lorraine (Tom) Wheal, and Mike (Margie); eight grandchildren: Kristen, Kerrie, Tony (Tausha) and Katelyn, Erin and Alex (Nell) Wheal, Brian and Scott (Amy) and two great-grandchildren Jaxon and Greyson.  In her early years, Isabelle played the piano and guitar in an orchestra for dances in Huron County. In 1949, after a whirlwind courtship, Isabelle married Anthony (Tony) Culliton, settling on the Culliton family farm in Ellice Township. Family was the foundation of Tony and Isabelle’s life together – the farm was the focal point of countless celebrations, Sunday dinners and lively euchre games.  They were immensely proud of their family and enjoyed 50 years of marriage until Tony’s death in 2000.  From the early 1960s-1980, Isabelle worked as the dining room hostess at the Stratford Country Club. Her strong work ethic, attention to detail and warm personality made her a favourite with the patrons.  From 1980-1991, she worked at the Elizabethan Restaurant in downtown Stratford. As with the Country Club, Isabelle was popular with the patrons and during the lunch time service, her section would always be the first to fill up.  A devout Catholic, Isabelle had a quiet, but strong presence, with a sharp mind and quick wit. She was a determined woman and exemplified the virtues of patience, faith, kindness and tolerance and genuinely saw the good in everyone.  Isabelle also showed her kind demeanour to animals. Wayward cats gravitated to the Culliton farm and were always welcomed. During a very cold winter, Isabelle rescued a near-frozen dove and a black cat. Both animals convalesced together in the laundry room under her gentle care. The cat, Sammy, decided that the accommodations were to his liking and stayed for 14 years. He brought much joy to Isabelle and was her companion in the years after Tony’s death. In her later years, Isabelle looked forward to regular visits from family dogs Ripley and Gracie.  Isabelle leaves behind a legacy of kindness, compassion, selflessness and devotion to her family. Although we are saddened by her passing, Isabelle was very lonely without Tony by her side and we are comforted by the belief that they have been reunited.  Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. (CWL Prayers will take place at 1:45 p.m.).  The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 96 Huron Street, Stratford on Friday, March 2 at 11 a.m.  Interment to follow at Avondale Cemetery.  As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church Restoration Fund or the Stratford Perth Humane Society through the funeral home.  519.271.7411

Service Information

Thursday, March 1, 2018
from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
(CWL Prayers at 1:45 p.m.)

Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11 a.m.
St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church
96 Huron Street, Stratford

Avondale Cemetery
4 Avondale Ave, Stratford

St. Joseph’s Church Parish Hall

Memorial Donations
St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church Restoration Fund
Stratford Perth Humane Society

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