March 3, 2010




Marsha Ellen Meidow, daughter of Alfred and Beverly Meidow, died Jan. 6, 2010 of a brain aneurysm. She was in her 35th year.


She was born March 26, 1975.


Marsha Ellen Meidow gave love, hope, and joy, and empowerment to hundreds of women. She graduated from Western University Women's Honours program and then became a counsellor for six years at the Calgary YWCA's Safe Haven Program, helping young girls aged 12 - 18. The girls were in danger of, or recovering from physical abuse, and sexual exploitation. Some were already working as prostitutes.


Marsha was presented with the YMCA Calgary Humanitarian Award in 2007. She was an ambassador for the prevention of violence against women. Marsha raised and donated tens of thousands of dollars from seven years of directing the Vagina Monologues and producing the Annual Femme Fatale Carnivales. She  

was establishing Calgary's first Burlesque Festival for April, 2010.


Strong women are continuing her causes.


In her memory, the family is currently developing the Marsha Ellen Meidow Foundation to continue her work.


Marsha's choice to be an organ and tissue donor means that she had the opportunity to give life to others. Generous in life, and generous after brain death. We are so grateful to the Calgary Foothills Hospital medical staff who helped our daughter to become a donor. They were so gentle and loving and professional.


According to the Alberta Health Services HOPE Program, Marsha’s numerous gifts could go on to help from as many as 50 to 75 people. The donation of her organs has helped ease the family's grief as it provides the gift of life to many other people in this unanticipated and tragic situation.


Marsha was known by all as a member of the Performing Arts Community, the Rockabilly Community, the Artist Community, the Volunteer Community, the Rock Band Community, the Circus Community, and the Underground Community.


Please gather with us this Sunday, March 7, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of Betty Conlin, 15 Manorwood Crescent, Kincardine, to remember our sweet daughter, Marsha Ellen Meidow who died Jan. 6, 2010 of a brain aneurysm. She was generous in life and a 100 per cent organ donor after brain death.


Please sign your donor cards so that people may continue to live and have hope.


For more information on organ donation, please see



Donald Wilmot Rathburn, (Veteran of the Second World War), of  Kincardine, passed away at the South Bruce Grey Health Center - Kincardine, on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, in his 94th year. 

Beloved husband of the late Alberta Rathburn (née Buchner). 

Dear father of Ric and his wife Deborah of Mill Bay, B.C. 

Sadly missed by his grandchildren: Rhonda Rathburn, and Sean and his wife Mindy Rathburn; and by his great grandchildren, Grace and Olivia. 

Predeceased by his brother and sisters. 

Visitation was held from 7-9 p.m. at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. The funeral service was held at the Kincardine Baptist Church, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, with Pastor Kenneth Craig officiating. 

Honourary pallbearers were Clare Rowell, Merrell Scheel, Jim Gardner, Peter Kelly, Ken Petrie and Alex Gomes. 

Interment Memory Gardens Cemetery, Breslau

Memorial donations to the M.S. Society were appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial on-line at




Cora Ethel Thompson (née Wall), of Kincardine, died at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre-Kincardine, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, in her 91st year. 

Beloved wife of the late Frank Thompson. 

Dear mother of Ron (Jean) Thompson, of Wingham; Corabelle (Art) Danahy, of Kincardine; Bernice Glenn, of Dungannon; and Joanne Morison, of Port Elgin. 

Loved grandmother of Bonnie (Jim) Hamilton, Wayne Thompson, Michael Thompson, Kevin (Elaine) Danahy, Terri Danahy, Janice Danahy (Jason Vinandy), Angela (Elwyn) Brindley, Arletta (Steve) Hallahan, Andrew Glenn, Amy Jo (David) Anderson, Ryan Whitney, Christopher Whitney and Nathan Whitney; and great-grandmother of Matthew Brindley, Grace and Tyler Brousseau, Grace Hallahan, Sarah Hallahan, Nicholas Vinandy and Trent Anderson. 

Sadly missed by sisters-in-law: Daisy Wall, of Wingham; Dorothy Wall, of Teeswater; Beth Wall, of Kincardine; and Ellen Thompson, of Brantford

Predeceased by her sister Verna (Bert) Shewfelt; and by her brothers, Elmer, Morley and Grant Wall. 

Visitation was held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine, on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, from where the funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, with Rev. Don Harry officiating. 

Serving as pallbearers were: Kevin Danahy, Wayne and Michael Thompson, Andrew Glenn, Ryan and Christopher Whitney. 

Flower bearers were: Arletta Hallahan, Angela Brindley, Bonnie Hamilton, Terri and Janice Danahy, and Amy Anderson. 

Interment Kincardine Cemetery

Memorial donations to the Kincardine Hospital Foundation or the Kincardine United Church were appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at



Marsha Meidow


May you be at peace, and be remembered kindly by those who had met and known you throughout your life.