Shirley MacWilliam

Lois MacWilliam

Wednesday, April 27th, 1927 - Monday, April 6th, 2020
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MACWILLIAM (nee Dalley), Shirley LOIS – Peacefully with her family at her side at Sunrise of Aurora long-term care on Monday April 6th, 2020 in her 93rd year. Born April 27, 1927 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada. Daughter of the late Melvin and Lillian Dalley (nee Skagen). Beloved wife of the late Donald MacWilliam and beloved mother of Robert (Linda Hadley), Annamarie (Stephen Hill), and Donna (Brian Hollander). Proud grandmother of Caroline Montagnese (Lucas), Jennifer Hill (Ed), James MacWilliam (Nicole), Greg Hill (Ashley), Tim Hill (Christine), Elizabeth and Samantha Hollander. Great grandmother of Cedric and Owen Montagnese. Sister of the late George Walden Dalley and late Ronald Dalley.

Lois enjoyed working as a kindergarten teacher until she retired to raise her family. For many years she sang soprano in the North York Philharmonic Choir and Christian Baptist Church choir, Newmarket. She was actively involved in many activities at Christian Baptist Church for many years. She enjoyed for many years volunteering at MacKenzie Place Nursing Home, providing a music program for the residents. She enjoyed coffee while reading, gardening, knitting, and spending time with her family. Together Lois and Don enjoyed travelling, visiting relatives, and many performances at Roy Thompson Hall and The Opera House in Toronto.

A special thanks to all the staff at Sunrise of Aurora for their loving care of Lois and her family. Also special thanks to Qualicare of Newmarket for their loving care of Lois and Don in their home, and for arranging and accompanying Lois for appointments and family events. The family also thanks Dr. Keith Watson for 45 years of medical care and friendship, and Dr. Norman Kalyniuk for his care of Lois during her time at Sunrise of Aurora

If desired, memorial donations may be made to Christian Baptist Church, Newmarket, or Southlake COVID-19 Action Fund. On-line condolences at Celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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Memorial Service in Spring with burial of husband and Lois' ashes


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Lori Stone

Posted at 06:44pm
We just learned of your moms passing and send our condolences to the entire family. We moved in beside your parents 20 years ago and were blessed to have known them. We were amazed at your dads endless energy (the gym every day back then) and your moms kindness to our boys (always a treat and card for our boys at Xmas) We have truly missed seeing them out and about but are comforted to know they are now together and Rest In Peace
Brent and Lori Stone
Mitch, Owen and Blake

Georgena Dalley

Posted at 09:56am
Hello this is Georgena Dalley , George Dalley's daughter. Remembering the days when we lived closer and visited often with our Dad. Enjoying the back yard garden get together's and long family walks after dinner. Many child hood memories came out of my Aunts back yard for me. Playing with my cousins singing and just being happy. Those cherished times hold with me until this day. Your mom my Aunt sang at my wedding many years ago. Drove all the way to Texas. I had hoped to come see her and my cousins this year but, as fate would have it that would not be. I promised her during one of our rare phone conversations that I would bring my son Keaton and meet her and my Uncle. I am blessed to have known her. She is happy in heaven now.

Annamarie Hill Posted at 02:17am

Thanks Georgena -you held a special place in mom's heart!

Ed Golem

Posted at 02:56pm
Sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. I trust you faith, close friends and family and your good memories will be your comfort at this difficult time. Ed Golem

Annamarie Hill Posted at 11:41am

Thank you Ed. We have wonderful memories. And we rejoice as we know she is with her Lord and Saviour.

Pastor Andrew Hamilton

Posted at 12:11pm
It was a joy to meet Lois although only in her last couple of months on this side of eternity. I enjoyed our visits in the hospital and the few times I got to spend with her in the nursing home. On one occasion near Christmas, I placed my Bible in front of her on the table and we had small talk about the day and she marvelled out the window at the squirrels playing in the trees across the parking lot. After about 10 minutes, Lois quipped, "Well you're a preacher aren't you? When are you going to read me something from that book of yours?" I laughed and said, "Right away. What do you want me to read?" Without hesitation, she asked me to read from John 3."
I know that you must be grieving her passing, but she is not lost. Lois today is found in the presence of her Saviour, Jesus.

Annamarie Hill Posted at 11:42am

Thanks Andrew for visiting mom; she enjoyed your visits, and I just love the story - mom was full of personality.

Donna Hollander Posted at 03:22pm


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