HOWARD: Marylouise (nee Town) It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Marylouise Howard on Sunday April 10th, 2022 in her 86th year.
She was a bright spark in this world and will be deeply missed by many. However, it is also a time to rejoice in her, and all that she was. Marylouise loved everyone and everything. She embraced life head on and overcame many obstacles in her life all while bringing love and joy to all who crossed her path. Her greatest love was that of her family; her daughters Marijo and Nancy and her sons-in-law Allain and Keith and most especially her grandsons Kristopher and Derek. She also wrapped that family love around Chelsey Gravenor, Sally and Tim Clark, Almajane and Paul Knoll, Susan, Steven and Faith Howard, as well as many great nieces, nephews, surrogate grandchildren, friends and hockey families and all those that touched her life, over the last three years as a resident of Hilltop Manor in Cambridge, especially Brenda Mercer as her dear friend and companion.
Predeceased by her husband Ernest (July 31, 1991), by her brother George & his wife Greta Town and her sister Jane & husband Lloyd Elliott.
Marylouise retired from Bell Canada in 1994 after 35 years of service as a long distance operator and then supervisor where she made lasting friendships and many memories. She loved to travel and was blessed to spend many summers in Newfoundland, and winters at Sunset Beach Treasure Island, Florida. She most especially loved spending time watching her grandsons play hockey and socialize with all the hockey families that became like her own.
Marylousie suffered with Alzheimers, and it was a long journey with some smooth and not so smooth bumps along the way. As a family we are so grateful to all the support we were offered and given throughout this journey, from friends in Florida that kept an extra eye on her for us, to the Adult Day Program at The HUB in Cambridge, to family and friends that always pitched in and gave a little extra or provided a little more even when we didn’t necessarily realize we needed it. We could not have gotten through this without you.
The family would also like to acknowledge and thank all the care givers and staff at Hilltop Manor in Cambridge. We have been so incredibly blessed and are extremely grateful to everyone there. Truly there are not enough words to really express our gratitude. All of you got us through the most difficult part of her journey from the first day she arrived on March 15, 2019 until her last breath on April 10, 2022. The compassion, empathy, care, genuine love and support ALL of the staff provided our mother and us as a family, especially during a world pandemic was nothing short of miraculous. The consistency of PSW’s over her 3 years there as a resident was wonderful. We would especially like to thank Liz, MaryJean, Jodie, Paula, Janet, Sana, Emily, Odeilia and nurses Rachelle and Santana and many others including the administrative staff.
A celebration of Marylouise's life will take place on Sunday, April 24, 2022 with a reception at the Old Marina Restaurant, 1937 McClintock Dr. Cambridge from 1 - 4 p.m, with remembrances to take place around 2pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Children's Hospital - London Health Sciences Centre or the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford would be appreciated by the family.
Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Glendinning Funeral Home, Plattsville