Muriel Catherine Essery

Muriel was born on September 9, 1925 in Meaford to Harold and Catherine Brown. From an early age, her talent and passion for music were evident. She’ll be remembered as an outstanding organist at Knox and Grace United churches, an alto singer in the G Clef Choir, a pianist performing Two Pianos Eight Hands concerts, an accompanist and a composer of anthems. Although capable in many other ways, music was her voice, her satisfaction and her gift to others. Muriel was a kind and gentle soul, strong-willed and constant, caring and compassionate, encouraging and supportive. Her quick wit and facility with language were hard to match. She was a rock and a soft place to fall. Her influence on the lives of her grandchildren cannot be overstated.

Muriel was predeceased by her parents, her husband Gordon Essery, her brothers Wilfred Brown (Nona) and Mac Brown (Ruth) and her infant sister Isabelle. She is survived by her daughter Susan Newton of Kenora, son Dan Essery (Karen) of Brighton, ON; her grandchildren Mike Newton (Teika) of Kenora, Jodi Essery (Attila Clemann) of Gatineau PQ, and Ben Essery (Corinne) of New Westminster, BC and great grandchildren Maya and Sam Newton, Leif and Dorian Clemann and Hazel Essery. She is survived as well by special cousin Grace Risk (Mervin), several nieces and nephews, including special niece Phyllis Fleming (Therese Samuel), her sister-in-law, Mae Essery, and her brother-in-law Ed Burchart.

Muriel’s family is most grateful to Dr. Alexandra Collins and the entire staff of Meaford Long Term Care Centre for their exceptional care of Muriel during her final months.

An online memorial service will be held and interment services will take place in Meaford and Kenora when arrangements can be made. Donations in Muriel’s honour can be made to the Kenora District Festival of the Arts, the Meaford Culture Foundation; or to any animal rescue of your choice. (Cheques only please) through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9.

“There is sweet music here that softer falls

Than petals from blown roses on the grass,

Or night dews on still waters between walls

Of shadowy granite, in a gleaming pass;

Music that gentler on the spirit lies

Than tir’d eyelids upon tir’d eyes.”

Alfred Lord Tennyson from Choric Song 1 of The Lotos-eaters


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Muriel Catherine Essery

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Gordon Taylor

30 April 2021

We enjoyed watching the inspirational celebration of life for Muriel. She was a wonderful person to know and made so many great contributions to church and community through her music . A true inspiration to many! She will truly be missed but not forgotten.
Doris and Gord

Vikki Favreau

19 April 2021

What a lovely lady Mrs. Essery was. Always supportive, always kind and always encouraging.

Lee Tirk

14 April 2021

Dan, Susan & Family,
Muriel was a lovely caring lady. I loved working with her at the church office years ago. Cherish your memories.
Rest in peace Muriel. You will be missed!

Lee tirk

Haroldene Hanstead

14 April 2021

Our deepest sympathy to the Essery family in the loss of your mother,grandmother & greatgrandmother, Muriel. Such a beautiful & talented lady. She will be sorely missed. We will remember her when we sing the birthday song. May you find peace and comfort in the days to come.
Our prayers are with you all. Love from the Hanstead family.

Eileen Wilton

14 April 2021

My heartfelt sympathy to Muriel’s Family. What a gem she was!
So positive, sweet, how lucky you were to have her as mother, and grandmother.

John Bowiec

14 April 2021

Although my acquaintance with Muriel was very brief..she accompanied me when entertaining residents of Pinecrest and birchwood at monthly birthday parties, a charming lady with a unique sense of humour, and a very perceptible wit. Unfortunately our association was brief, because she chose to leave Kenora. May God give her eternal rest.

Helen MacLeod-Beliveau

14 April 2021

To Susan,Dan and family,
I was so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing from my lifelong friend Maryan who gets the Kenora news. I have very fond memories of Muriel - her warmth, kindness, helpful nature and warm smile but especially her love of music. She was an integral member of the 7th Avenue moms’ team!
Best to you all at this difficult time.
Helen (King) MacLeod-Beliveau

Marjorie Zimmer

13 April 2021

Annette Bergman asked me to extend her sincerest condolences to the entire Essery family in the loss of Muriel. Annette indicated to me that she worked with Karen at the NWHU.

Cathy Sweeney

12 April 2021

Dan, Susan and families, please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a gift to Kenora and her legacy lies in the music of our Community!

keith arthur wagner

12 April 2021

susan and dan so sorry to here of moms passing she was a great paper customer of mine when delivering the free press as a kid RIP