Our wonderful mother died at 100 (“and a half!”) years of age on July 1, 2016 at Maison Vale Hospice, surrounded by the love of her three daughters, after a life well lived on her own terms. Elsie was a strong and independent woman of simple, honest values, taking great joy in the first robin of spring, the first crocus peeking through the snow, the wild flowers growing in the ditches where she took her daily walk, and her beautiful gardens. She was a true lover and protector of nature. Mom’s philosophy included the beliefs that it is better to give than to receive and that one should leave the world a better place than one found it. She loved her family fiercely, and was well loved in return.
Elsie was the loving mother of Anne (Archie) MacMillan of Calabogie, Susan (Bruce) Cardinal of Sudbury, and Mary (Jim) Volk of Grimsby. She was very proud of her granddaughters Lynn (Peter) MacDonald of Toronto and Andrea (Josh) McKenna of Barrie and she took great pleasure in her four great grandchildren Jack and Poppy MacDonald and Nathan and Lauren McKenna. She is also survived by two siblings, Dorothy Gillin and Herb Wilkins. She was predeceased by her loving husband Jim Oliver in 1986, and by her siblings Jessie Alton, Herb Wilkins (in infancy), Lou Weaver, Gladys Carlaw, Harry Wilkins, and Charlie Wilkins.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who helped her maintain her independence and live in her own home until the end, especially to Heather Pilon, who was a cherished friend and Elsie’s “little helper”. We would also like to acknowledge the caring staff at HSN and the Maison Vale Hospice who, with great compassion and care, helped her on her journey.
We invite those who have shared in Elsie’s life to join the family Celebration of Life on Thursday, July 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Anderson Farm Museum in Lively. Words of remembrance are most welcome.
To honour Elsie’s memory, quietly do something kind for someone less fortunate than yourself, and expect nothing in return.