Williamson Margaret Jean (Breen} of Corunna passed peacefully at Bluewater Health Sarnia, April 27,2019. Wife of Neil Montgomery Williamson (d.1956). Born August 6,1922 in Wingham to parents James Virtue Breen and Margaret Louise Breen. Survived by brother Maitland Breen (Lois d.), Sister-in-law Helen Breen(Howard,d.1975) both of London. Sons James Malcom (Nadine), Wasaga Beach, Morley Neil, London, Kenneth Reid (Eileen) Corunna, Grandsons Kenneth Neil (Jody), Sarnia, Frank Robert, Corunna, James Duncan (Colleen), Sarnia, and Stuart John, Corunna. Great Gandchildren Kenneth Frank, Elizabeth Eileen, and Violet EtaJean all of Sarnia. Aunt Jean to many nieces and nephews
Pre-deceased by brothers Glen (Elsie), George (Betty),Bob (Helen) and Howard. Sisters Louise Ellis (Norman),Wilma Wareham(Doug), and Bernice Van Slyck(Wilfred)
Ninety-six plus years of a life well lived summed up in two paragraphs will be difficult.Born on the farm in Wingham in the twenties led to marriage and a family and eventually to Sault Ste. Marie.In the late fifties as a newly widowed Mom she moved to London and set about the business of raising kids. Her association with New St. James Presbyterian began at this time and continued for years. She was Akela of the cubs and belonged to various other church groups over the years. After serving as an Elder for years she was awarded the Elder Emeritus designation for her years of service.
A model of perseverance she worked though many hardships but kept a good humour throughout. Mid-life she upgraded her education and worked as a medical secretary until retiring from St.Josephs Hospital in London, 1988. To say she led an active life is an understatement. Her creative abilities were on display with her sewing and knitting. She took up oil painting in her 40s and was quite an accomplished artist. She was a member at East Park Golf and golfed in a league for years. She curled at the Thistle Club and also was an active, keen bridge player for many years. As a Power Squadron graduate she could read a chart and pilot us back to port without problem! She had a trailer at Grand Bend for years and the kids enjoyed many good times camping and golfing there.
Her great joy was her grandchildren and great-grandchidren were the icing on the cake. Her move to Corunna allowed her to participate and enjoy many dinners and events with grandkids lives over the last few years. Her life in Corunna was enjoyable. The community at Thompson Gardens welcomed her and made her part of the group.
Words seem woefully inadequate to acknowledge and decribe her health care "family". Starting with attention and hugs from Dr. Billy O'Mahony to the Bluewater docs Dr.Bal Sharma and exceptional compassion from Dr. Stan Rosenblum, Mary Mae and the rest of his crew. The first rate team at the CCOG unit at Bluewater deserve special mention. Led by Jody McGregor and Lori McAulley they have assembled a team of caring professionals. Jackie,Brooke,Anita and so many others had become part of Jean's family in the last 18 months and gave a new level of meaning to the term "caring professionals" . Under some of the most difficult circumstances, they dealt with their "family" of clients with compassion and patience. To all the many friends (staff,clients and families) at Bluewater, a mere Thank You seems inadequate.
Cremation has taken place and a private family ceremony will be held.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bluewater Health.