Ethel L. (Sweet) Gifford

Ethel L. (Sweet) Gifford of Houseman Street, passed on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at her home in the care of her loving family. Born Nov. 13, 1922, in Parkville, NY, a small settlement just north of the Northville Bridge that now stands under the Sacandaga Reservoir. She was the granddaughter of George and Carrie Groff who had their homes moved to Third Street before the area was flooded. Married to Robert Gifford on Nov. 15, 1941, and proud that she was married for 74 years.

Graduated from Northville Central School and lived in the Northville area all of her life.

Employee of Grandoe Gloves in Gloversville for many years before taking a state job in Albany in the late 1960s. Her last place of employment was at the Dept. of Agriculture and Markets. In her younger years she was involved in Northville community affairs. Past treasurer and secretary of the Northville Civic Association and Election Inspector. She and her husband ran bingo along with friends at the American Legion and for several years were involved in the planning of the 4th of July “Doins,” parade and fireworks. Ethel helped to dedicate the Sweets Crossing Historical Marker on the corner of Rte. 152 and Rte. 30 representing her fathers family.

Ethel was a part-time resident of Florida and enjoyed travelling, knitting, crocheting and jigsaw puzzles. She was proud to donate to area hospitals and nursing homes lap blankets for wheelchair patients and booties, blankets and hats for babies in the Neo Natal Unit. In recent years she joined a chair yoga class and loved the class along with making new friends.

Surviving her are her children, Faye (David) Deas of Ballston Spa, Robert (Janet) Gifford and Linda (Michael) Warshona of Houseman Street, and Diane Gifford of Holly Hill, Florida; grandchildren, Heather (Jim) Terwilliger of Amsterdam, Andrew ( Alex) Gifford of Colorado, Jennifer Poley of Ballston Spa, Kayla Duffer of Hoosick Falls, and Tammy Duffer of Orlando, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Molly, Meghan, Abbey, Arielle, Katy and Chloe Gifford, all of Colorado, and Kara and Jacob Terwilliger of Amsterdam.

Predeceased are her husband, Robert; and infant son along with her parents, Roy and Ethel (Groff) Sweet; and brothers, Harold and Donald Sweet.

Donations may be made to the Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville, NY 12078 or to your favorite charity.

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the Mountain Valley Hospice for all their care and support.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, January 17, with a viewing at 12 noon and service at 1 p.m. at the Northville Funeral Home. Burial at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville, in the spring. Condolences may be made to the family online at

By Patricia Older

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