In the arms of her daughter, Maybelle Abbott (nee Patterson) passed away on March 8th in her 97th year to be reunited with Bert, her husband of 40 years and true love who predeceased her in 1983, and their beloved first-born son, Kenneth, who died at 16 in 1961.
She was the consummate mother, wife, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loved unconditionally with a boundless grace and fierceness that would lift up and embrace all those who came to know her.
Forever grateful to have been so loved are her children Tony (Bev) and Elaine, grandchildren Jordan, Ben, Hayley, Brigitte (Emmanuel), Patrick (Amanda), and Emmanuelle, and great-grandchildren Simon, Maëva, Jessie, and Elliot. Predeceased by her devoted brother William, Maybelle will be dearly missed by her sister Edith, niece Judy (Roy), and grandnieces Jackie and Ali.
In Maybelle’s own words: “I’ve had a wonderful life even with very sad times but my good times are wonderful memories. I feel I will be with you. My love is so strong it has to be enduring.”
Her children would like to express a heartfelt thanks to the staff at Fairvern who treated their mother with compassion and grace.
A celebration of Maybelle’s life will be held at Trinity United Church on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at 2 pm with a reception to follow in Trinity Hall.
In lieu of flowers, it was Maybelle’s wish that donations be made to Huntsville District Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Sending my deepest sympathies, I hadnt seen Auntie Maybelle since my Nana’s passing but think of her often and always with an appreciation for how wonderful and kind she was. Thinking of you!
My deepest sympathy, Elaine, to you and your family. Maybelle was very kind to me and my children during a very difficult time my life and I will always be grateful for the love and support she gave us. She will be remembered fondly by many and we will all miss her.
Reverend Dorothy Wilson
My sympathy to Elaine and family in the passing of Maybelle Abbott, she was a gracious lady.Dorothy Wilson
Debbie Hood (Logan)
Elaine, I was so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. No matter how old we are it is so hard to lose our Mom. I only met your Mom a few times many years ago but know how much you loved her. Thinking of you.
It is with heartfelt sympathy that I learned of Maybelle’s passing. Our friendship goes back to Donlea Dr. when Maybelle and Bert were neighbours of my parents Orma and George Rose.Over the years your Mum and I kept contact by card on special holidays. I would alwys send a St. Patrick’s day card with a letter updating your Mum on the goings on in our family. Your Mum always sent an Easter card with updates of her family. We have many special memories over the years.
Our deepest condolences, Evelyn & victor Smith and family.
Dear Elaine & family, Tony, Bev and family, we were very sad to learn of your Mum’s death. We were so happy to have had a great visit with her on our last trip to Huntsville when she was having a good day. To us Maybelle was the “Queen”” of mothers and wives right from the first time we met her almost 43 years ago. She and Bert opened their hearts
Julie Davies (McCord)
My Aunt Maybelle had something money cannot buy – she had style. I never saw her look anything other than groomed and immaculate. When I visited Toronto from England, in my teens, she must have been flat out in the kitchen working hard to entertain us yet she never looked even flustered. Aunt Maybelle always had time to talk to this then sulky adolescent and it was the same when I grew up. My late mother held a special place in her heart for sister-in-law, Maybelle, and her affection was reciprocated. Elaine and I pray they will be together again now and, if so, no-one else in heaven will be able to get a word in!
Maybelle, you were a wonderful sister. This is going back to when you became my big sister… I was born on Feb. 15 and you had made a Valentine’s card for our Mom, however she was more interested in me than your Valentine. Please forgive me!You and Mom were so compatible and together you two would say to me, “if you pout Edith
What a blessing to have Auntie Maybelle in my life. She was so nurturing, encouraging and always interested in one’s thoughts and opinions. My Aunt had poise, but at the same time we could share a naughty joke! What a lovely hostess, and so gifted in the kitchen. Grateful I am for tons of fond memories, that will continue to be shared with Tony, Elaine and their families. Aunt Maybelle’s fine spirit and positive influence lives on! Fondest Love, Judy
Aunt Maybelle, what a joy you have been in my life. Thank you for your great friendship and trust and all you have taught me. You are a true lady, everyone knows that.Forever go in peace and join Ken, Uncle Bert and my daddy.
With all my love and all my respect,
Elaine, I was saddened to read that your mom passed. I have only fond memories of her. What a sweetie she was. She WILL be with you forever. I remember trying to drive her home from Metro one day awhile back and she said “oh no dear