COLLINS, Mary Catherine - (July 5, 1921 - April 5, 2017) -
Mom lived a full, vibrant life over her 95 years, a life marked with struggle and accomplishments.
She left school early in the Depression years, but in her sixties went back to school at night, eventually earning an Honours Degree in English Literature.
She had dreamed of being a teacher and achieved this goal, again late in life, when she joined the Laubach Literacy Society and became a tutor teaching adults to read.
She was always a good organizer, helping to bring both the Catholic Women's League and a priest to the little town of Angus and later becoming the local President of Barrie's Laubach, then the Ontario and finally the National President. Mom was adventurous, too.
She enlisted as soon as possible in the Women's Division of the RCAF during WWII and served with distinction, while also making lifelong friends. She also met her future husband, Michael, with whom she celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary before his death in 2008. Mom's biggest joy, however, was her children and grandchildren and then her great-grandchildren.
She raised her children with a Catholic education, saw them through university and then travelled to see them, while also travelling with her sisters and friends across Canada, to Ireland (of course), to the US, Europe, Hawaii and more. Mary is survived by her sisters Frances (Jim) and Sheila.
Predeceased were her brother Jim, her sister Annabelle and one daughter, Sheila, who died at birth. Mom is also survived by her children Michael (Linda), Kathryn, Tom (Rasa) and Brian (Louise), her grandchildren Ian (Christine) and Anna and her great-grandchildren Monty, Theo and Simone, plus numerous nieces and nephews, their children and their children's children. A full life for an accomplished woman and an admirable lady.
Friends and family will be received at the Glen Oaks Funeral Home, 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville on Monday, April 10th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 11th from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Funeral Mass will take place at Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, 2745 North Ridge Trail, Oakville on Tuesday, April 11th at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.