Passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Hamilton in her 87th year. Reunited with her husband of 64 years George Melvin Pickard (2012) and her son David (1996). Loving mom of Lyle (Jodi), Linda Smith (Bill), and Darryn (Kevin). Erna will be deeply missed by her grandchildren Megan (David), Dustin (Jenny), Derek, and Ashleigh (Chris). Special great-grandma to Pepper and another one on the way. Erna will be fondly remembered by Brian, and many other close friends and family. Erna worked as a school bus driver for 30 years and loved it. She was a devoted member of Jerseyville United Church, founding member of the U.C.W., member of the Women’s Institute and long time member of the Eastern Star. Erna was a Life Member of the Ancaster Agricultural Society. She served on the School Fair and Home Craft Committees and received the Agricultural Service Diploma. A special thank you to all of the staff at St. Peter’s Hospital for their compassionate care of Erna. Family and friends will be received on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the DENNIS TOLL FUNERAL HOME, 55 Charing Cross Street, Brantford from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A funeral service celebrating Erna’s life to be held on Monday at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Interment at Jerseyville Cemetery. If desired, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation or the Ancaster Agricultural Society.