Paula Coulton (nee Burki)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and best friend, Paula Coulton on May 9th, 2018. She died peacefully and surrounded by love at her home, just as she had wished. Paula was born on June 8th, 1928 in Berne, Switzerland, the 2nd oldest child of Margaretha  Zaugg and Rudolf Burki. Her family immigrated to Canada in 1948. They first settled in Walton, but soon moved to Lot 14, concession 4 of Ellice Township. She met and married William Fuller Coulton on June 2nd, 1951, who lived at Lot 13, Concession 4 of Ellice. Bill and Paula became the 4th generation of Coultons on the farm. Though it was a hard life, we have many happy memories of family get-togethers, reunions and ‘festival guests’. Paula decided to work to supplement the farm income as a realtor, first for Snedden and McNeil, before moving to Canada Trust. She retired in the early 80s. She and Bill retired from the farm in 1988 and moved into Stratford. Unfortunately their retirement was cut short when Bill was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and died at the end of 1990. Paula remained busy operating a B&B for many years. Her guests became her friends and no subject was taboo. She was always interested to discuss politics and world events. She was an excellent hostess and had the ability to include everyone, no one felt left out. She was a lover of classical music since childhood. She moved to her apartment on 98 William St., where her summer balcony of glorious flowers was admired for many years by residents and tourists alike. We will miss Mom’s signature ‘stepping out on the balcony to wave goodbye’ each time a family member or visitor took their leave. Mom also loved to read and her bedroom became her library and her place of great comfort in later years. In the evenings she would go there to read. While we will miss her terribly; we are comforted to know that she is now with our father, Bill and our brother Bill, who predeceased her in 1986. We feel joy in our hearts when we think of their joyful reunion. Paula is survived by daughters Rosemary, Catherine and Christine (Brian) and son Richard (Debra), 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren and sisters, Margaret and Hilary. Special thanks to Dr. Laurel Moore and the compassionate nurses and PSWs from the CCAC who helped to ensure our Mom’s comfort in her last week.  Visitation at the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Friday, June 15th from 6 to 8 p.m. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, June 16th at St. James Anglican Church, 41 Mornington Street, Stratford at 11 a.m.  Refreshments will follow the service in the church hall. Please wear uplifting colours.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Council of Canadians, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Dying with Dignity or a charity of one’s choice through the funeral home. 519.271.7411.

Service Information

Friday, June 15, 2018
from 6-8 p.m.

Service of Remembrance
Saturday, June 16th at 11 a.m.
St. James Anglican Church
41 Mornington Street,

St. James Anglican Church Hall

Memorial Donations
The Council of Canadians
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Dying With Dignity
Charity of One’s Choice

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