Williams, Lois Elaine

Lois Elaine Williams (nee Freeborn) passed away the morning of Friday, January 12, 2024 in her 77th year with her daughters by her side.

Loving wife for 55 years of the late Wayne Williams of Eugenia.

Amazing mother of Jody (Shawn) Everitt of Thornbury and Jennifer Williams (Bryce Thomson) of Singhampton.

Super fun nana of Ayla and Brent Thomson and Paige and Trent Everitt.  Lois was the 10th child of the 13 Freeborn children. She was born in Meaford on November 12, 1947, a daughter of the late Jack and Leona (nee Merrifield) Freeborn.

She will be greatly missed by her brothers and sisters, who were also her best friends.  Lois is survived by siblings; Dennis (Kay) Freeborn of Meaford, Terry (Sandy) Freeborn of Meaford, Linda Freeborn of London, Sharon (Ed) Thornton of Meaford, and Diane Willcock of Dauphin, MB.  She will be fondly remembered by sisters-in-law Marion Freeborn of Vancouver, BC, Marge Freeborn of London and brother-in-law Dennis (Marge) Williams of Feversham.

Lois was predeceased by siblings Gerry Freeborn, Willis Freeborn, Keith Freeborn, Helen Murray, Vernon ‘Bun’ Freeborn, Doug Freeborn, Glen Freeborn, and brothers-in-law Doug Willcock and Doug Murray, sisters-in-law Jean Freeborn, Frances Freeborn and Alberta Freeborn, and niece and nephew Kim and Glenn Chycota.

Lois was very loved and will be dearly missed by her 83 nieces, nephews and their families.

Life was hard work on the farm but that also came with lots of laughter and stories of a tremendous upbringing.  She went to school on the 7th line, Minnie Hill Schoolhouse and then Meaford High School.  As a child and teenager Lois loved being the back-catcher on a local baseball team in Meaford, driving cars through fields, playing pranks both with and on her siblings, going to local dances and many other stories she shared.  She always said ‘there was always something to do and someone to do it with.’

Lois met Wayne at the age of 14, when her girlfriends dared her to ask him to dance at the Sadie Hawkins Dance … they were married in 1968.  Lois and Wayne moved to Brampton where she worked for the Royal Bank, and later cleaned at the apartment building they lived in and babysat for many families, who were heartbroken when they moved to Eugenia in 1982, where they resided for many years.  After Wayne’s passing Lois moved to her hometown of Meaford.  Lois worked for McTavish Insurance in Flesherton, Bumstead Motors in Meaford for over 25 years and then Top of the Rock in Eugenia.  Lois was always well liked and respected and definitely one of the hardest working women out there.

Lois and Wayne enjoyed bowling in leagues in Ceylon and Maxwell, snowmobiling, camping, horseshoes and spending time with family and friends. Lois became a mother in 1971 when Jody was born and then completed their family in 1975 when Jennifer was born.  She was a loving, caring and patient mom and became both of her daughter’s best friend as time went on and they had children. She was blessed with 4 grandchildren, Ayla, Paige, Trent and Brent.  Lois adored being their nana, and they became the reason for her existence.  Her love for them was boundless and sleepovers at nana’s continued even to this day with Ayla and Paige whose company she absolutely adored.  She beamed with pride watching Brent play any sport and came to all of his local games.  She had a very special relationship with Trent, nana spent a tremendous amount of time with him after she retired and will always be Trent’s favourite person.  They made each other laugh endlessly.

Lois had a kind heart, a genuine smile and a wonderful laugh that will be so dearly missed. There truly are no words for the hole that is left in her absence.

Please join us for a come and go Celebration of Lois’ Life at the Meaford and St. Vincent Community Centre on Sunday, January 21, 2024 from 1 until 4 p.m.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Events for Life would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

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Please join us for a come and go Celebration of Lois’ Life at the Meaford and St. Vincent Community Centre on Sunday, January 21, 2024 from 1 until 4 p.m.

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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. David Bumstead
    Sunday, January 14, 2024

    Jody, Jennifer and families
    We are so saddened to hear of the passing of your Mom. Lois was truly a lovely lady and our entire family enjoyed her presence at Bumstead Motors for those 25 plus years. What a dedicated employee and friend she was.
    David and Myrna

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    1. Donna Brown
      Sunday, January 14, 2024

      Sincere condolences to Jody, Jennifer & families. She will be greatly missed. Lois was always so pleasant. and enjoyed chats when she moved to Meaford. Also Bumstead employees enjoyed her humour.

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    2. Jenn Williams
      Sunday, January 14, 2024

      Thank you Dave and Myrna… your entire family and your children were very much a part of her life for so long.. she watched your children run through the dealership as toddlers and had the privilege to watch them all grow into amazing human beings.. she adored when Mark would bring his kids to see her in Eugenia after she no longer worked there. Thank you for everything your family did for her. Love Jenny

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  2. Fran Austin
    Sunday, January 14, 2024

    My sincere condolences to Lois’ two daughters, the entire Freeborn families and Williams’ families as well as her many friends. Lois was a student of mine at Minniehill school, a very loving and fun-loving girl. I was always mesmerized by the musical Freeborn family. The school kids would always want her to sing ‘The Leaves Mustn’t Fall’. Rest easy with the angels.Fran Aus

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  3. Dianne McDonald (Willlis)
    Sunday, January 14, 2024

    Jodi, Jennifer and the rest of the Freeborn family also the Williams family
    I was so sorry to hear of Lois’s passing. I spent many times at the farm and playing baseball with Lois and Diane. My cousin Frances married Keith and that kept us in touch with the whole family. Lois was such a happy and fun person to be around and you will miss her so. Keep alive all the special memories and she will never be gone Hugs and prayers are coming your way

    Dianne McDonald
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  4. Chantelle Brown
    Sunday, January 14, 2024

    Jody and family

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much your mom meant to you and to the kids especially. Sending lots of love and prayers to you all
    Much love
    Chantelle

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  5. Coreen Clarke
    Sunday, January 14, 2024

    Our condolences to Lois’s family. It is always so hard losing a family member. Cherish your memories. Jim and Coreen Clarke

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  6. Bev and Gail Murray
    Monday, January 15, 2024

    Our sincere sympathy to all the family as it is a shock to hear the news of someone so great leaving us Lois and I had many conversations during our day as ballplayers and even though we were on different teams we always had a fun time passing remarks back and forth and Bev had the honor of being a neighbor for many years Live with the great memories we know you all must have being able to share time with Lois

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  7. Ruth Knott
    Monday, January 15, 2024

    Jody, Jenn and Families,
    Sincere condolences to all the families for the loss of a wonderful lady. So many happy memories. She will be in your hearts forever.
    Ruth and Wayne Knott ❤️

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  8. Glenna Joyce nee Clark
    Monday, January 15, 2024

    My condolences to the girls and their family, she was a kind and great person.

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  9. Dennis an Brenda Ormsby
    Monday, January 15, 2024

    Our condolences to Lois’ family and relatives. I was in high school with her, she was a very smart girl and a lot of fun at parties. Rest in peace Lois and fly with the angels.

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  10. Margaret Lowe
    Monday, January 15, 2024

    I just saw the sad news of Lois’s passing and send my deep and sincere sympathy to her family. . She sounds like such a wonderful and fun loving person and I know she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

    Marg

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  11. Bev and Glenn Caswell.
    Monday, January 15, 2024

    Our sincere sympathy to all of Lois’s family. She was such a a beautiful person. Always loved bumping into her for a short or long chat. She will be missed.

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  12. Mary Adams
    Monday, January 15, 2024

    Our sincere condolences to the Freeborn and Williams family. Lois was a great camper and we enjoyed many good times with her and Wayne at Memorial Park. She will be missed by her many friends and family. Cherish your many memories, they will be your comfort. Carl & Mary Adams

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  13. Debbie Kriz
    Monday, January 15, 2024

    Nicole and I send sincere condolences to the family. Lois and Wayne were the best neighbours anyone could have. Lois had a great sense of humour and always offered a helping hand. We have many fond memories and will hold them dear.

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  14. Maureen Hussey
    Monday, January 15, 2024

    Dear Jody and Jenn and families, I am so sorry for your loss. Lois was a lovely, kind friend and neighbour. She enjoyed her garden so much. I will miss her friendship and laughter and our chats over a beer or glass of wine in the back yard. I will hold those memories dear.

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  15. Pete & Edna van Aalst
    Monday, January 15, 2024

    Sincere condolences to Lois’s family and all of her extended family. Find comfort in your memories.

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  16. Isabel Almond
    Monday, January 15, 2024

    My sincere sympathy to the Freeborn & Williams families in the passing of your beloved Lois. Lois will be remembered and missed by all that had been blessed to know her. My fondest memories growing up was time I spent with the Freeborn family at Uncle Jack & Aunt Leonas farm visiting. I miss her friendly smile, her chats when she came into our Market.

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  17. Gail Rows
    Monday, January 15, 2024

    To the Freeborn and Williams family. So sorry for your loss. Glen introduced me to Lois and Wayne shortly after we moved here, Such a lovely lady. Keep your memories of her close and she will always be with you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  18. Leone Allan
    Monday, January 15, 2024

    To Lois’s family

    Thinking of you all as you celebrate the life of this wonderful and kind lady.
    Sincere sympathy Lois will be missed by her family

    Leone & Bob Allan

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  19. David murray
    Tuesday, January 16, 2024

    Our thoughts are with her family at this time David and Ruth Murray

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  20. Shirley and Mervyn Kobe
    Tuesday, January 16, 2024

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Lois’s family and the Freeborn families, cherish all those wonderful memories of your times together. Shirley (Murray) and Mervyn Kobe.

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  21. Jane and jim Rudolphph
    Tuesday, January 16, 2024

    Jody, Jenn and families
    I was so shocked to hear of Lois’s passing. She was a special person, and we had so much fun working together at Bumsteads. We lost touch after retirement but she was often on my mind. She loved you girls and her grand kids. She will be missed.

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  22. Bob Skippen
    Wednesday, January 17, 2024

    Sorry to hear of Lois’s passing . She was always kind and fun to talk to. She will be missed by many.

    Bob and Lynn

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  23. Ken and Shirley Schaefer
    Wednesday, January 17, 2024

    So sorry to hear about Lois passing – so many good memories of when I was a kid and spent holidays at the farm – always so much fun and laughter – never remember anybody being upset or angry – Lois was a beautiful person both inside and out – she will be missed terribly – our condolences – Shirley and Ken Schaefer

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  24. Wendy & Willy
    Wednesday, January 17, 2024

    Jody & Jennifer, our sincere condolences to you both and all the Freeborn families.

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  25. Fran and Alan Gordon
    Thursday, January 18, 2024

    To the Williams and Freeborn families, so very sorry for your loss, Lois was a lovely person and always a lot of fun, spent a lot of days with her at the Freeborn farm. You are all in our thoughts at this difficult time, hugs to you all

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  26. Wayne and Jennifer Shortt-Button
    Friday, January 19, 2024

    Thinking about your family at this time. Our deepest sympathies from Wayne and Jennifer Shortt-Button

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