Ellen Marie "Molly" Couse

1925 - 2021


ELLEN MARIE “MOLLY” COUSE It is with great sadness that Michael and Scott Couse and their families announce her peaceful passing on 01 April 2021 after a short hospitalization in Barrie’s Royal Victoria Hospital.  Seldom called Ellen Marie, Molly was 95 years old and would have celebrated her 96th birthday on June 30, 2021.  She was the last-surviving and second youngest of the Greatest Generation of a family of 4 girls and 1 boy from Cookstown Ontario. She was predeceased by her husband and our father Austin Keith Couse in 2008. Molly was born on the family farm just southeast of Cookstown Ontario to Arthur and Josena Kidd. Not long after her youngest sister’s birth the family moved the ½ mile into Cookstown from the farm. She grew up in Cookstown and graduated in 1943 from the combined Cookstown Public and Continuation School. She was a faithful attendee with her family at the Cookstown United Church. Molly had very fond memories of going on trips to Toronto with her Dad who was, among his many occupations, a drover. She enjoyed assisted him when he turned on the streetlights in Cookstown every evening. She also worked at her Dad’s Shell Station on Main Street in Cookstown pumping gas and performing the bookkeeping duties.  In 1943 she moved to Barrie and worked as a secretary and proofreader at the Barrie Examiner and later performed secretarial and accounting duties at Clarke and Clarke Limited’s Barrie Tannery.  As she grew up in Cookstown she always knew our father as one of the “Couse Boys” in town.  After Keith returned from his WW 2 RCAF Service their life-long romance began. She stood by him and with him while he spent 5 long years in hospital being successfully treated for tuberculosis. She knew he was “the one for life” for her.  After they married in 1952, they settled in Toronto. Molly worked at the Coleman Lamp & Stove Company as the Secretary to the Chief Accountant and then had her sons Michael and Scott. In 1957 they moved way out to suburban Scarborough. Molly was active as a full-time mother in the growing community and an alto in the choir at St. Mark’s United Church. In 1963 she began volunteering in the Admitting Department at Scarborough General Hospital. Her volunteering led her to being a Board Member for the Victor Home for Unwed Mothers, a Director of Volunteers and Chair of the Scarborough Mental Health Council, a member of the Board of Governors at Scarborough Centenary Hospital, Chair of the East Region for the Family Service Association of Metro Toronto and a Board Member of the Ontario College of Optometrists.  She accomplished these things but still managed to be home in time to make our family dinners. In 1978 she moved with Keith to Saskatoon and then Regina Saskatchewan where she volunteered in many areas and departments of the University of Saskatchewan Hospital and then Regina General Hospital before they returned in 1990 to retirement and their new home in Egbert Ontario. She then joined the volunteer program at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie and spent most of her time working in the Emergency Department, as a convenor for Emergency Liaison and serving on the Auxiliary Executive as Membership Chair.  She had a full Rolodex!  In the RVH Emergency Department she was known as the “Candy Lady” to the staff, emergency personnel, paramedics and patient family members who came into the department when she was on duty. She loved wrapped candy and always had a supply available for others (and herself) that she willingly distributed.  In 2014 when she retired from volunteering at the RVH she received a Certificate of Provincial Life Membership in the Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario during a special ceremony at the Awards Dinner in Toronto.  Molly was a great and loving spouse, mother, mother-in-law to Diane Linstead (Michael) and Linda Lee Couse (Scott), Gram and Grandma to granddaughters Alison, Andrea and grandson Seth, aunt and great aunt, cousin, friend, and confidant. Immediate and extended family and friends were always first.  She loved big band music, show tunes, listening to live music, singing in the choir and other places, attending theatres, shopping, travelling, reading novels, working on the Kidd Clan’s history, and listening to the CBC were she always current on the news of the world.  Her spirituality carried her forward, and she was always modest about her many lifetime accomplishments. Her onset of dementia and some medical issues over the past few years slowed her down but did not deter her spirit and good nature. She always wanted the best for everyone, was a friend to all, and tried to be her own best as well. We were lucky to have her and will love her forever. Our family would also like to express our sincere gratitude to Doctor J. Lai and all the nursing team members from the RVH Cancer and Palliative Care Unit who provided her with such exceptional care, dignity, and compassion over her nine-day end of life journey. Cremation has taken place and Molly will be interred next to her husband Keith on Saturday May 8, 2021 at 11:00 in the Couse family plot located in the Alliston Union Cemetery. Due to Covid-9 restrictions this will a private grave-side ceremony with limited attendees but will be available for live stream viewing through a link on Paul F. Kent’s Funeral Home’s Website:  When international and national travel restrictions are lifted, we plan to hold a Celebration of Molly’s Life in the Barrie/Cookstown area. If you wish to honour her memory, please send a donation in her name to the RVH Foundation:, or a charity of your choice.  No flowers or plants, please.


If you wish to view the Graveside Service for Ellen “Molly” Couse. Please go onto our Facebook page Paul F Kent Funeral Home. The Livestream will begin at 10:45am. 

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Donna Sverdrup

May 8, 2021 10:15 AM

I can't tell you how much I will miss  "Aunt Molly".  She was always a joy to visit and always had a big huge smile on her face.  I don't think I ever saw her without a smile.  She told me many times that if Jason and I ever got married she wanted to be our flower girl.  Unfortunately that didn't happen soon enough, lol.  She would have been our first choice.  I will remember all of the times I visited her when we both lived in Scarborough and all of the times she attended our family get togethers.  There will be a large hole in all of our hearts with her not there.  Miss you Aunt Molly and you will be in my heart forever.  Say Hi to Mom and Aunt Betty, Aunt Pat and Uncle Jack up there.  xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Dietra (Paramedic)

May 3, 2021 7:47 PM

I hope that Molly knew how much her Paramedics loved her.   We were all her "favorite" and she always made us feel loved.  Even after retiring from her volunteer position she always tossed an apple my way when I would see her in the retirement home.  She was a spirit to be reckoned with and I hope we can all be even an ounce of what she brought into the world.  We are definitely better people for having known her.  

Dr. Mitch Whyne

May 2, 2021 10:45 PM

I always enjoyed seeing Molly in the emergency department. She brightened our day.
Molly truly was a good soul.
Dr. Mitch Whyne

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Suzanne and Jill Rider

May 2, 2021 3:52 PM

Our deepest sympathies on Molly's passing. Molly was a bright shining light. She became friends with Jill Rider, my mother, while volunteering at Saskatoon hospital. She, Ken and my parents became fast friends and had some great times together. When Molly and Keith moved to Regina, I also moved there to start my hospitality career, and visited them often. Molly was my 'second mom', loved both her and Keith dearly. We all moved back to Ontario but kept in touch and Molly would call me on my birthday. I had a chance to visit her in her Barrie retirement home a few years ago.
Molly was full of joy and sunshine, always smiling and just making you feel happy. RIP sweet friend. 

Jane Elines Ollikainen

April 14, 2021 2:48 PM

Molly was such a positive force - a peppy little lady with only good things to say. Everyone who knew her , will miss her. She was our "greeter" every Sunday at Trinity / Countryside United Church. Always smiling and welcoming one and all. My deepest sympathies to all her family , Jane Elines Ollikainen

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