Our beautiful family matriarch, MONA WILLIAMS (nee Piché), was born on December 8, 1915. On Friday, March 13, 2015, in her 100th year, her beautiful blue eyes closed forever.
Although her passing saddens us, we are grateful for the blessing of her sharp mind, as it allowed her to quench her thirst for knowledge until the very end, and to have lively conversations with us, despite the physical challenges of her latter years.
She taught us valuable lessons about love, hard work, tenacity, kindness, stoicism, curiosity, resiliency, and so much more. We enjoyed listening to her tales about her life experiences, and her thoughts on events and innovations that occurred throughout her lifetime. We never tired of hearing about that special night in March 1932 when she fell in love with her gallant Ernest while he taught her to skate on the local outdoor rink. That love grew into 59 years of marriage, the birth of four cherished children (Marlyn, Beverly, Barry and Carol), and the making of a wealth of wonderful memories. Our very special lady was very fond of her three sons-in-law, Harry Coyles (Marlyn), Marcel Sarazin (Beverly), and Roger Ladouceur (Carol), and her daughter-in-law, Sam (Barry). She was tremendously proud of her brood of 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Endowed with a keen sense of humour, her eyes twinkled and her smile would light up the room when we regaled her with stories about the activities, travels, and accomplishments of family members, but especially when we spoke of the children’s shenanigans.
Predeceased by her sisters and brother, and many friends and relatives, she especially grieved the passing of her husband, Ernest in 1994, and the loss of her son Barry, grandson Philippe, son-in-law Roger, and her diamond in the rough, grand-daughter Kelly. She leaves to mourn her loving daughters and their families, and her sister Muriel.
As she requested, there will be no funeral service. In her memory, donations to the Ottawa Humane Society would be gratefully appreciated.