Alliston, Mary Annetta

'Nettie'

Mary “Nettie” Alliston (nee Harris), formerly of Meaford, passed away peacefully on August 28th in her 94th year.

She was predeceased by her husband Jack, the love of her life, on May 31st 2011.  She is survived by her three children: Doug, Glenn and Sue and their families.  Her love for her family was deep and unconditional and she will be deeply missed by her children and their families.

Nettie had the rare ability to brighten the day of everyone she met. While visitors to Nettie and Jack’s Imperial Oil agency or The Meaford Express would surely have been treated to her beautiful smile and cheerful hello, those who knew Nettie through her many passions truly saw her at her best.  Nettie’s legendary bowling ability was surpassed only by her skill with a deck of cards and her prowess at Bingo, and she brought her competitive spirit and infectious laugh to all activities.  When she was taking a break from bowling and cards she could be found enjoying a puzzle or cheering on her Toronto Maple Leafs.

Nettie’s motto was “the most precious gift you can give is your time”, and she will live on in the hearts of all those with whom she shared her gift.

Interment shall be private, however, Nettie’s request for her remembrance is to go out and have some fun as “we don’t stop playing because we grow old: we grow old because we stop playing.”

Condolences to the family may be expressed through the Ferguson Funeral Home at www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

Details

Service: Private Family committal and interment at Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Isabelle Ridd
    Monday, September 2, 2019

    Sue and family
    Thinking of you at this difficult time. I will always remember your Mom from the Meaford Express and when she came into the bank. She always had a big hello and such a beautiful smile that made her eyes just sparkle.
    She will be missed.
    Isabelle

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    1. Sue
      Wednesday, September 4, 2019

      Dear Isabelle,

      Thank you so very much for sharing your lovely memories of Mom, we very much appreciate your kind words. You were always so very kind and thoughtful to all of us, not only in the bank but whenever we met, as that is your sweet disposition.

      Please take good care. Warmest regards,

      Sue
      On behalf of Mom, Dad, Al, myself and our boys

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  2. David Alliston
    Tuesday, September 3, 2019

    Dear Doug, Glenn and Sue,

    With deep sadness I shared the passing of your mom, Aunt Nettie with my mother Katharine this morning.
    She shed tears but we also shared memories of our time together in years past and what a special couple your mom and dad were. Thank you for your efforts to keep them in touch as my parents’ health declined in recent years. My mom often spoke fondly about conversations she and Aunt Nettie shared when they became unable to visit.

    Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers

    David Alliston
    on behalf of William and Katharine Alliston and family

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    1. Sue
      Wednesday, September 4, 2019

      Dear David,

      Thank you so much for letting Auntie Kay know about Mom, I tried to call but understand from both Mom and Sharon it is difficult to contact your Mom, I am so very sorry to know your Mom and Dad are both in such poor health. When Al and I took Mom to visit them a short three years ago I remember your Dad commenting he was happy to see Mom one last time, sadly he was correct but we were so delighted to see them, they gave us the usual warm welcome and seemed fantastic, but I understand you knew better. Being with your Dad was just like our Dad was there as well, they are so much the same in so many ways, I am truly sorry to know that holds true at this time. You are a fantastic son, a true pillar of strength and support, thank you so very much for getting in touch at this difficult time for us. Please give your Mom and Dad a big hug from “Susie” and let them know I’m sending loads of love their way.

      Love,

      Sue

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  3. Gladys Williams - president
    Tuesday, September 3, 2019

    To the Alliston Family,
    On behalf of the Meaford Lawn Bowling Club we wish to extend our sincere condolences on the passing of Nettie. While she was still bowling all one had to do was say there was a tournament somewhere and Nettie was the first person in the car. Oh how she loved the game! Her bright and warm disposition drew people to her and her quickness to volunteer for jobs at our club served our club well. When she could no longer bowl anymore she was missed not only by our members but also from other club members.
    A wonderful lady.

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    1. Sue
      Wednesday, September 4, 2019

      Dear Gladys,

      Thank you for sharing your memories of Mom. She truly did love her lawn bowling and we were always delighted to be regaled with her many lawn bowling stories. Assembling puzzles and playing cards never quite replaced Mom’s beloved lawn bowling, we know she missed you all.

      Take good care,

      Sue

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  4. Kait Lorantfy
    Sunday, September 8, 2019

    I absolutely loved working with Nettie at TVNH. She was always up for doing her exercises and loved socializing with our little group. There are a few people who come and go from our program who really touch my heart, and Nettie was absolutely one of them. As part of my goodbye to her I let her know she was one of my favourites and it was a blessing to have met her. She will absolutely be missed!

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    1. Sue
      Monday, September 9, 2019

      Dear Kait,

      Thank you so very much for your loving, kind remembrance of Mom, it truly means a lot. I know Mom felt the same way about you and was excited to meet your new little baby, thank you for bringing him in to meet Mom, it meant a lot to her. Also, thank you for all the care you gave Mom. We wish you and your new little family all the best.

      Warmest wishes,

      Sue

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  5. Georgina Gaudry
    Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    So sorry to read about Nettie’s passing. I had looked after her at Georgian Village through Paramed. I often had my supper in the evening on the weekends in where Nettle did puzzles and talked to her and helped work on the jigsaw puzzles. She was a very kind and thoughtful soul. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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    1. Sue
      Thursday, September 12, 2019

      Dear Georgina,

      Thank you so much for sharing your memory of how you and Mom touched each other’s lives over your common interest of solving a puzzle. I do remember Mom introducing me to you one day as you quickly popped in to say hello in the puzzle room. Mom always looked forward to seeing you and commented how much she enjoyed your lively conversation, catching up on each other’s news, as you searched for the next piece of the puzzle. Both you and Mom knew these puzzles were the metaphor to life, making them all the more fun to try and solve.

      Thank you so much for all of the good care you gave Mom, it is so nice to have the added bonus of a friendship. Please keep solving those puzzles,

      Sue

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  6. Robert Gardner
    Saturday, September 21, 2019

    My condolences to your family loss.
    It’s the end of an era for relatives the age of our parents.
    Nettie and Jack were great friends of Tony and Helen.
    Like Nettie said, don’t mourn in sadness, be happy in your life.
    Rob Gardner. Sooke B.C.

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    1. Sue
      Tuesday, September 24, 2019

      Hi Rob,

      Thank you so much for your kind condolences, we truly appreciate hearing from you. Yes, they sure had their good times, who knew bowling could be so much fun and start such wonderful, lasting friendships?! We all suffer the rate of time flying by far too quickly so it is great when we can make the most of our time together, which they most certainly seemed to do!

      Warm regards,

      Sue

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