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Obituary of Retta Marguerite Lumley

LUMLEY, Retta Marguerite R.N. (nee RENWICK)

April 2, 1925 - November 29, 2019

Retta died at 94 at the Copper Terrace Long-Term Care Facility in Chatham, Ontario on Friday, November 29, 2019. She was the devoted spouse for 72 years of William M. Lumley, formerly of Tilbury, Ontario.

She is survived by her sons - William in Vancouver, B.C., Robert in Burlington, Ontario and Richard Lumley and his partner, Kim Patterson, in Tiny, Ontario. She has three grandchildren - Amber, David and Ashley and five great-grandchildren in British Columbia.

She is also survived by her sister-in-law Wilda Renwick of Chatham, Robert and Alwilda Renwick of Quinn and sister, Lila McFadden of Comber, ON.

She was the daughter of the late Ernest and Iva Renwick and daughter-in-law to the late William E. and Anne Lumley. Her brother, Harold Renwick, brothers-in-law Mark McFadden, Sandy Barr, Jim Lumley, John Lumley and sisters-in-law Francis Barr, Skip Lumley, Audrey Lumley and Joan Lumley are predeceased.

She will be missed by her many nieces and nephews.

Raised on the Renwick farm in Tilbury East. She graduated from the PGH Nursing Class in 1946 then spent her career as a Registered Nurse at the Public General Hospital in Chatham, retiring in 1985.

She loved gardening, sewing and homemaking for her family. She and Bill travelled the world from Greece to Hawaii and Alaska to the Caribbean. She was devoted to her 1946 nursing alumni and enjoyed their annual gatherings. She was a member of the Darrel S. Moffat United Church in Tilbury.

A special thank you to the wonderful staff, at Copper Terrace, for their care and compassion. 

As per Retta's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation.  A private family service will be held at a later date.

Donations to the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation, 9 Ursuline Avenue, P.O. Box 2030, Chatham, ON N7M 5L9 or Darrel S. Moffat United Church, 27 Canal St. E., Tilbury, ON N0P 2L0 or a charity of your choice is greatly appreciated. Online condolences may be shared at



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