Muriel (Mutton) McRae

11 February , 19118 August , 2018

Born the 14th of February 1911 - Died the 8th of August 2018 Muriel (Mutton) McRae, cherished wife of the late Rev. Roderick McRae. Loving step-mother to the late Joyce Ducette(Norman) of Kingston, much loved grandmother to Dianne Kingdon (Robert) of Brantford, Doris Benson (Peter) of London and Donald Ducette of Kingston. She will be sadly missed by her 7 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren. Survived by 25 nieces and nephews through four generations, including Shirley (née Mutton)Tobin, Harry and Barbara Mutton (née Elston). Predeceased by her brother Fred, sisters Marion, Helen, and Hazel Mutton. Muriel was a school teacher, she taught in one-room schools for 16 years in the Marmora Madoc and Colborne area. From 1946 until 1960 she taught at the Prince of Wales school in Peterborough, where she was known as Miss Mutton. The family will receive friends at EMMANUEL UNITED CHURCH, 534 George Street, on Saturday, August 18th from 10 am to 12 pm. Followed by a Funeral Service at 12 p.m. Interment at Shiloh Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations, to Emmanuel United Church would be greatly appreciated by her family. Arrangements entrusted to COMSTOCK-KAYE Life Celebration Centre. Online condolences may be made at


  • Emmanuel United Church


  • Visitation Saturday, 18 August , 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, 18 August , 2018

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Peter Benson

15 August 2018

I recall at the celebration of her 100th birthday, she was approached by a reported from the local paper and he asked "What is it like to be 100?" Without any hesitation, she responded, "Don't know, I just got here"
Always sharp, friendly and comforting she was a joy and truly an inspiration to all who ever knew her.

Rick Mutton

13 August 2018

I have great memories of Aunt Muriel. Although she was my great aunt, she was essentially a grandmother to me as she (along with her sisters) raised my dad after his mom passed away when he was four and his dad was in WW2. I never met any of my natural grandparents.

I spent many happy summers at their cottage on Buckhorn Lake and have spent almost every Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving with her from the time I was a child until she passed away.

Aunt Muriel was always quick with a laugh and used to love watching Jays and Leafs games - that runs in our family it seems.

Whenever she came here or I would go and see her for a visit we would watch the games together and I took her to a couple of Jays games in Toronto back when she was in her late 80's and early 90's.

When she was in her early 90's she decided she was done with driving but wanted to finish on her own terms so she wrote her exam (which needed to be done annually after 80) and then promptly gave her car away and never drove again.

I also remember her telling me at over 100 that she was playing bridge with some of the others in the retirement home where she lived. One of the men in the group said, "Forgive me for taking so long, I'm not as young as I used to be", and Aunt Muriel replied, "Fred - you're the youngest one at the table!" And laughed.

I will miss her. It is the end of an era. This photo is from when my wife Michelle and I were with Aunt Muriel on her 105th birthday.