Knox- Ethel Frances McDermott, 97, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2019. She was born on May 19, 1922 in the Town of Wright, NY to the late Harrison and Beula (nee Clow) Gage.
She graduated from Schoharie High School in June 1940. She married her sweetheart Harold McDermott on June 21, 1942.
Ethel was a contract driver for the Berne Knox Central School District during the late 60’s and early 70’s. She worked at several nursing homes as a nurse’s aide starting with Marcy’s Nursing Home in East Berne, then Guilderland Center Nursing Home and retiring from the Good Samaritan in Delmar.
She was an avid gardener and loved petunias and geraniums and enjoyed her home on Pleasant Valley Road in Knox. She enjoyed bowling and was on a league in Schoharie for several years. She was a member of the Hilltown Seniors and enjoyed traveling with them. She was a member of the West Berne Methodist Church. Ethel was a loving mother and grandmother and will be truly missed.
She is survived by her children, Donald (Linda) McDermott of Huntersland, Linda (Gerald) Hempstead of Middleburgh and Darleen (Martin) Shrederis of Schoharie, her grandchildren, Kim (Jim) Ryan, grand-daughter-in-law Brenda McDermott, Lauri (Robert) Motschmann, Carrie Unser, Tyrel Hempstead, Jessie (Mike) Griffin, Jennie (Robert) Smith, Martin E. (Denay) Shrederis, Sonja Webb, Imants (Kim) Shrederis; eighteen great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren; her sister Joyce Heigle and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Harold, her grandchildren Kevin McDermott, Sherri Hempstead and Richard Hempstead; her siblings, Thelma Hoberg, Ruth Martin, Wendell Gage and Charles Gage.
A private graveside service will be at the Knox Cemetery.