Almond, Mabel Constance 'Mae'

Mabel Almond of Meaford passed away peacefully at the Wiarton Hospital on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at the age of 94.

Growing up on a farm in Camperdown outside of Thornbury, Mae, as she quietly preferred to be called, learned the importance of hard work and determination but also developed a love of nature, family and music. This, combined with her deep faith in God, sustained her to the age of 94 on a farm overlooking Georgian Bay.
She was always busy–somehow finding the time while raising five kids to paint, draw, play the piano, compile family history and plant trees. Mae loved trees, having planted and nurtured hundreds over her lifetime. Her arboretum on the farm is a testament to this devotion. Being a teacher at heart, she taught children in local one room schools, at Sunday School, at the piano, and anywhere there was a desire to learn.
Mae is survived by her husband of 66 years, William ‘Bill’ Almond, and her sons Daryl, Greg, Blair and Brent.  She was predeceased by her daughter Jane, who shared her creative spirit and love of music. Mae will be missed by her cherished older sister Muriel Reekie. She was predeceased by her siblings Alice, Harvey and Allen.
Her grandchildren Stefanie, Clément, Mathéo, Connor, Max, and Philippe will deeply miss ‘Maime’ and their time sitting beside her at the piano learning to play and being part of her joy of music.

A private family service will be held in the coming days. In the Springtime, a celebration of Mae’s life will be held amongst the budding trees and Spring flowers.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or the Trans Canada Trail 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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A private family service will be held in the coming days. In the Springtime, a celebration of Mae’s life will be held amongst the budding trees and Spring flowers.

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation or the Trans Canada Trail
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Fran Falls
    Wednesday, December 21, 2022

    Bill and Family, we are so sorry to hear of Mabels death, hold tight to memories for comfort.

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  2. Paul Warwick
    Wednesday, December 21, 2022

    Very sorry to hear of your wife’s passing Bill.
    Alana and I wish you comfort with your boys.

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  3. catelas
    Wednesday, December 21, 2022

    despite the distance between the Almond family and ourselves in France, we wish to certify that we are near you and assure you of our feelings of sadness and support for you. We present our condolences to the entire family and assure them of our sympathy.

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  4. Bev and Marilyn (Boyd) Rutherford
    Wednesday, December 21, 2022

    All of you have our deepest sympathy. I had Daryl and Jane in Sunday School. Was wondering about Mabel a few weeks ago as I had not seen her recently. She was an interesting person with whom to share a conversation. Bill and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  5. Donna Brown
    Wednesday, December 21, 2022

    Bill & family…sorry to hear about Mabels passing. She for sure was an active person. Thinking of you.
    Donna Brown

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  6. Lynn (Hodgkinson) Prentice
    Wednesday, December 21, 2022

    Sorry to hear of Mae’s passing. She was my teacher at Griersville for several years.
    Many great memories of those years, Christmas Concerts, baseball games with other schools, picnics in the back of the school yard. May she Rest In Peace.

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  7. Sharon and Hamoody Hassan
    Wednesday, December 21, 2022

    Sending our deepest condolences to the family. Mabel was a truly inspirational person who loved life and learning and creating. We pray that the wonderful memories she will have left all of you, will bring you some comfort through these days of sadness.
    With our thoughts and sympathy..

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  8. Eileen Ardiel Junkin
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    So sorry to hear of Mabel’s passing. So many years since I’ve seen her. Was friends of the family in my high school days. Alice and I boarded at the same home in London when we went to Normal School. I know she will be greatly missed by her loved ones.

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  9. Famille Catelas
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    Malgré l’éloignement car nous sommes en France, toute la famille Catelas se sent proche de la famille Almond et partage sa douleur. Nous vous faisons part de nos sentiments de tristesse nous vous présentons nos plus sincères condoléances et vous assurons de toute notre sympathie. Courage à vous mais soyez assurés que Mae est partie certaine de l’amour de sa famille et de l’amitié de la famille Catelas en France

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  10. Catelas famille in France
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    Despite the distance because we are in France, the whole Catelas family feels near the Almond family and shares their pain. We share with you our feelings of sadness and offer you our most sincere condolences and assure you of our deepest sympathy. Courage to you but rest assured that Mae is sure of the love of her family and the friendship of the Catelas family in France

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  11. Dianne McDonald
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    Bill and boys and their families
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, The time as neighbour and 4H leaders and friends the memories that your family will share will remain with you over the years. May the peace of this season bring you peace.
    Dianne McDonald

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  12. Margaret Lowe
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    Sincere condolences to Bill and all of Mabel’s family.

    Marg Lowe

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  13. Colleen Hurst
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    My sincere condolences to Bill and family. I have wonderful
    memories of Mabel.

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  14. Eleanor Crabtree
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    To Bill and Family:
    I was saddened to hear of Mabel’s passing.
    I remember her from W.I. and Knox, Meaford.
    May the Lord comfort you.

    Eleanor (Knott) Crabtree

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  15. Frank Emptage
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    Bill, those butterflies must have stopped over to enjoy Mae’s loving handy work. A deserved tribute and promise of the wonders to come. My condolences.

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  16. Barbara MacNeil
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    Bill and Family, So sorry to hear of Mabel’s passing. Just remember all the good times. Thinkin of you. Bill and Barb MacNeil.

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  17. Elaine Bumstead
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    My Mom (Truus Dales) was shocked to hear that Mabel had passed away. Mabel and Mom were good friends and volunteered together so many many times. Mabel will be missed by many. My you know God’s comfort in these days and may special memories help you cope with her loss.

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  18. Bev and Gail Murray
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    sorry to hear of Mabels passing as I had her for a cgit teacher at church in Thornbury and also on same committee at Meaford Presbyterian and enjoyed her so much Our sympathy to all the family at this sad time for everyone God Bless

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  19. Fran Austin
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    I was very saddened to hear of Mabel’s passing. I remember when Mabel was teaching at Griersville and I at Minniehill. My students went to the Griersville school to play ball. I also worked for Mabel’s sister, Alice, at Vandeleur. My sincere sympathy to Bill and Mabel’s families and friends.

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  20. Cherie
    Friday, December 23, 2022

    Though and prayers to Bill and family to all God bless
    Cherie ,Ron Murray

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  21. Norine Baron
    Friday, December 23, 2022

    Memories of Mrs. Almond were made at the Reekie farm where she gave piano lessons to GInger and Erica every Wed. I think it was. Such a gentle creative woman with an enduring smile. Peace to the whole family.

    Norine and Garth Baron

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  22. Finance Canada team
    Friday, December 23, 2022

    We offer our deepest sympathies to the family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  23. Nancy J Grundy
    Friday, December 23, 2022

    I am so sad to hear the news about my favourite teacher, “Miss Reekie”, she was a great inspiration to be as a young girl. Miss Reekie came to live with my parents as we had the spare bedroom for the local teacher from the one room school house – Whitelaws School at the top of Whitelaws Hill…I believe the name has changed.
    Miss Reekie was very musical and would walk back the farm lane and practise her bagpipes…the cows sure loved hearing that and wondered what the noise was. I could go on for ever about all the great activities we did at the one room school, she taught new Canadians (a whole family that came from Holland) – they learned English at the table at the front of the crowded classroom. Every student learned how to play a music instrument , learn to dance, do wood work, do hand sewing and we all sat in our seat during the academic part of the day. Great excitement when a local young man by the name of Bill appeared on the scene….well, the rest of that is history…66 years, wow!! congratulations. I moved away from Meaford but always inquired about Miss Reekie from my parents, they belong to the same church. I had the pleasure of visiting with Mabel and Bill Almond a couple of years ago…wow!! what a pleasure and so interesting. This past summer I, along with my grandson and his partner visit again, we had a great visit and will always remember how vibrant and full of spirit they both where. May she rest in peace and my condolences to the whole Almond family, you will have so many great memories to help you through these dark days but knowing Miss Reekie,(your Mom) she will have you out snowshoeing, playing in the snow, planting trees and enjoy the outside.
    Nancy (Ballard) Grundy

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  24. Rick and Bonnie almas
    Friday, December 23, 2022

    Our deepest sympathy to the almond
    Family

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  25. Sherry Gallinger (McCausland)
    Friday, December 23, 2022

    Mabel lived to a wonderful Great Age!

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  26. Karen Phillips
    Sunday, December 25, 2022

    Sorry to hear the passing of Mabel. I will remember her as fine, friendly, and caring women, having worked with her at the apple packing plant in Thornbury,Clarksburg. Energetic, and inspiring, always with an ear to listen, and thoughts to share as well as a true love of life and fascination for many things

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  27. KarenPhillips
    Sunday, December 25, 2022

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Mabel, having worked with her at the apple packing plant in Thornbury, clarksburg, i remember her as fine friendly and caring women always with an ear to listen and a thought to share, energetic and inspiring with a love of life and a fascination for many things. Peace

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  28. Don Scott
    Monday, December 26, 2022

    Bill and family:
    Sad to hear about the passing of Mabel. Mabel was a kind and caring individual.
    On my visits to the farm, I will shall miss seeing Mabel.

    Sincere condolences to all.

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  29. Jon Wilfong
    Monday, December 26, 2022

    So sorry for your loss uncle Bill and cousins – I have such good memories of the reunions on the farm and a nice visit mom and I had in the last couple years when aunt Mable took out the photo album and demonstrated her amazing memory – of all things really. Thinking of you all this Christmas.

    Jon Wilfong

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  30. Elizabeth & Wayne Park
    Monday, December 26, 2022

    Bill and family,

    We are so very sorry to hear of Mabel’s passing. Our sincere sympathies to you, your boys and their families. Our thoughts are with you.

    Elizabeth & Wayne Park

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  31. Harold and Bev Ardiel
    Tuesday, December 27, 2022

    Sympathies to Bill and family.
    I remember Mabel as my CGIT leader at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Thornbury.
    May your cherished memories bring you comfort at this difficult time.

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  32. Dennis an Brenda Ormsby
    Tuesday, December 27, 2022

    Our condolences to you Bill and your boys. RIP Mabel

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  33. Pat Duff
    Tuesday, December 27, 2022

    Bill and family
    My deepest sympathy to you all.
    Pat (Snell) Duff

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  34. Brenda (Reinders) Foster
    Wednesday, December 28, 2022

    Bill & Family:

    My sincerest condolences on Mabel’s passing. I will always remember and appreciate the hospitality extended to me back in high school when Greg and I and others were on the “Reach for the Top” high school team. We travelled to Wingham in crappy weather to tape the show and the weather was even worse when we got back. I had left my car at Bill and Mabel’s and we all ended up staying the night there. Mabel was an extraordinary woman who will always be in my memory. I enjoyed teaching Sunday School at Knox with her and I could always count on her to help out with Vacation Bible School.

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  35. Emily Wilfong
    Wednesday, December 28, 2022

    So very sorry to hear of aunt Mabel’s passing. Thinking of you all during this sad time and sending lots of love.

    Emily

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  36. Joan Almond
    Thursday, December 29, 2022

    Before I moved West, I learned that Aunt Mabel liked to be called Aunt Mae….and so that’s who she was to me from that day forward!

    Aunt Mae taught school like my Mom. As young teachers just starting out , both taught at Whitelaws. Both women boarded at The Ballard’s, and both caught the eye of two different Almond men.

    My Dad Ken Almond, would marry my Mom in 1950, and Uncle Bill his younger brother, married Aunt Mae in the years that followed.
    Both courtships happened while each of the young women taught at Whitelaws.

    Early in the 1960’s, Mom would make the decision to go back to teaching , while Aunt Mae chose to ‘teach’ and parent from home.

    Mom was often taking summer courses, and busy on our dairy farm. I sometimes was at Aunt Mae and Uncle Bill’s more than my own house. Jane their daughter, and my childhood pal, was only eight months younger than me.

    Aunt Mae made sure we were busy! It was like being at a ‘summer long camp’ filled with fun activities, everyday! Oh, the stamina !

    First up was swimming lessons at ‘The Blue Dolphin’ pool. Aunt Mae made sure I got there with her own children. I can still swim-

    I was a reluctant student in other areas… ‘My hands are too small I told Aunt Mae one day!’ As determined as Aunt Mae, we moved on to activity number 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on.

    I was included when Aunt Mae’s sister, Muriel came home from Boston each summer. Off we’d all go , (the boys too) to ; swim at Craigleith, or to see a boat launch in Collingwood. I can still feel the excitement in the air!

    Aunt Mae gave me the gift of experience!I know she did the same for other children, including her own. Daryl, Jane, Greg, Blair, and Brent (my first cousins) all reached their potential. Uncle Bill and Aunt Mae played a significant role in that achievement!

    I could name many of Aunt Mae’s relatives on The Reekie side, because I was invited to New Year’s Celebrations, picnics, and so and so on and so on…

    While Uncle Bill worked in the fields, Aunt Mae had more activities. Jane and I would sit on the couch, shelling bushels of fresh peas, sneaking a few now and again.

    Aunt Mae’s garden was vast!

    Later we’d make homemade ginger snaps, or sew a puppet of our choice.

    The fun didn’t stop there!

    We were encouraged to play board games, explore the attic, (okay maybe not encouraged), go on adventures down the lane, get on the bus and go to the Exhibition in Toronto (by ourselves), and listen to the many recorded children’s stories, that Aunt Mae and Uncle Bill had in their collection.

    Don’t get me started on birthday parties! A cake was made with the theme of the year, with a photo to recall the event. Along with others in the neighbourhood, I was invited.

    I stayed for dinner on countless occasions , or if the homemade Chelsea buns weren’t quite cooled; I was sent home on my bicycle with some. Yum!

    I had many overnights at Aunt Mae’s and Uncle Bill’s. On warm summer nights, Jane and I, were given permission to drag Jane’s mattress out to the upstairs balcony. We would giggle about nothing, and everything, and finally fall asleep beneath the stars.

    If we got up early enough on market day, Aunt Mae would prepare a lunch. Off Jane and I would go with Uncle Bill, in the ‘big red truck’ to Toronto, stopping for ice cream on the way home.

    Before I drove West, in September of 2021, I visited Uncle Bill and Aunt Mae. We had a wonderful time, and a memorable goodbye! We even took a couple of selfies.

    As I was leaving, Aunt Mae gave me a rose. The special gift is still pressed , between the pages of a book, and remains with me in Saskatoon.

    Aunt Mae and I have had the opportunity to talk from time to time, since I moved. (Some landline numbers you don’t have to look up.)

    If I had a few words to describe my Aunt Mae they might be; spunky, feisty, determined, incredibly gifted, and unapologetically her own person!

    Is it any wonder, Uncle Bill married and stayed married to Aunt Mae for 66 years!

    Thanks for the memories Aunt Mae!

    Sending warmest thoughts and regards to; Uncle Bill, Daryl, Greg, Blair, and Brent.

    Though my older sisters have different memories of Aunt Mae, Aunt Mabel, or just Mabel, I know they feel the same!

    Sincerely,

    Joan Almond

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  37. Helen Merrifield
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    My sincere sympathy to all of Mabel’s family

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  38. Mary Jean Cline
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    Bill & Family,
    It is with sadness that I read Mabel’s obituary on this website. My memories of her go away back to the Reekie Wensley family reunions. Mabel always had a following of children (including me) enjoying her music & games.
    In later years, I contacted Mabel about old photographs that I was trying to identify. My husband, Jack, and I made a trip to your farm and spent an afternoon reminiscing…a very memorable time for both of us.
    Mabel was my “go to” for information on the Reekie family…I will truly miss her.
    Mary Jean (Reekie) Cline

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  39. Paul & ML Craven
    Monday, January 2, 2023

    Mabel was a wise, energetic and generous person. She was an accompllished local historian as well as a great gardener and arborist. We have a grove of five oak trees on our property that she grew from acorns and shared with us, along with currant bushes and other stock. She was always busy with one project or another. We were very sorry to hear of her passing, and send our heartfelt condolences to Bill and the boys. We look forward to joining in the celebration of her life come spring.

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  40. Dave Wilfong
    Tuesday, January 3, 2023

    Bill, boys and families I’m so pleased that I saw my sister in law Mabel just a few weeks before she passed. I remarked to Jan how spry and happy your mother was that day. I’ve always been impressed with how she was so interested in our kids and their kids, always remembering their names. She was very proud of all of you. May she rest in peace!

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  41. Kathy Almond
    Monday, January 9, 2023

    I will always remember Aunt Mabel with love and respect because of her desire to keep learning and her lifelong pursuit of her many interests. My memories at the farm are of her either at the piano, in the garden or pulling some warm goodie from the oven. I can almost recall the wonderful smell in the kitchen.
    My condolences to Uncle Bill, Daryl, Greg, Blare, Brent and their families.

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