Hilda Olive Jane Holliday (nee Armstrong) passed away on Sun., April 10, 2016 at the Dundas Manor Nursing Home in Winchester with her family by her side. She was 90.
Hilda was born in Hammond on Jan. 20, 1926 to her parents, Elmerand Arthelia (nee Collins) Armstrong. She married Cecil Holliday on May 19, 1945. Soon thereafter they welcomed their only son, Raymond, in March 1946. and then their first daughter, Joyce, in November 1949. Together, they moved to their new home on the top of the hill at RR#3 Chesterville in March of 1953 to start their next adventure in farming, where they welcomed two more daughters: Ruth in September 1954 and Bonnie in June 1963.
Side by side, Hilda and Cecil worked the farm together for many years. She was no stranger to hard work, and never backed down from a challenge. Her determination formed the rock solid foundation that her family grew on for many generations to come. Not only did Hilda share her strength with her family, but many of her hobbies and pastimes, including sewing, knitting, painting, vegetable gardens and flowerbeds, and, of course, a good cup of tea and a visit on the front porch.
She was the beloved wife of 70 years of the late Cecil, and is survived by her daughter-in-law, Phyllis Holliday (the late Raymond) of Winchester; her daughters, Joyce Byford (the late Joseph) of Winchester, Ruth Doesburg (John) of Mariatown, and Bonnie Holliday (Ronald Blanchard) of Winchester; her sister Erma Schrale of Chesterville; and sisters-in-law Ethel Henophy (Morris) of Winchester, and Lorraine Armstrong (Floyd) McKortel (Selby) of Greely. She was a much loved Grandma/Magga and will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Tracey VanBruinessen (Dave), Steven Doesburg, Melanie McCourt (Drew), Lindsey Proulx (Al), Allyson Brehl (Jesse), and AndreaLeClair (Craig); and great-grandchildren Mitchell and Brandon VanBruinessen; Logan, Gabriel, Micah, Lily-Anna and Gracelyn McCourt; Aiden and Emilie LeClair; and Jack and Katherine Brehl. She was predeceased by her sisters, Hazel Jones and Lillian Thiessen; brothers Bill, Sid, and Floyd Armstrong; and her grandson, John Doesburg Jr. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Chesterville on Wed., April 13 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Thurs., April 14 at 11 am with Rev. Christine Lowson officiating. Interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville followed the service. The pallbearers were Dave VanBruinessen, Mitchell VanBruinessen, Brandon VanBruinessen, DrewMcCourt, Al Proulx, and Craig LeClair.
Donations to the Dundas Manor Activity Fund or the Winchester United Church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com