Alice Munro (nee Leckie), a resident of Winchester Springs, passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Fri., Nov. 23, 2012. She was 87.
Originally from “Up the Valley” in Braeside, she had resided in this area for many years. Alice was always busy, and enjoyed many activities. She completed courses to become a master spinner, and could be found spinning many kinds of fibres into wonderful yarns. Her hands were always busy, and her day was not complete without accomplishing something productive. She loved gardening, and continued this up until recent years. At 85, she finally hung up her berry picking hat.
In her 70’s, she discovered painting, and enjoyed it so much, word had it if something stopped moving she’d paint it. Canvas, television trays, rocks, welcome signs, even old work boots, found themselves subject to her joy of painting. These treasures would become gifts to family or used for fundraising for charities.
Over the years, she was involved with church functions until her poor hearing made it difficult to attend. She was also a member of the Dundas Rebekah Lodge for many years. She loved animals, and when making her food bank donations, was always sure to include food for the pets as “they had to eat too.” She was always there to lend a helping hand to family, friends, and strangers in need.
Alice is survived by her children, John Carriere (Diane) of Blackburn Hamlet, Karen Girard (Jim) of Chesterville, and Leslie McBain (Jim) of Chesterville, her siblings, Fred Leckie (the late Lois) of Renfrew, Howard Leckie (Helen) of Arnprior, and John Leckie (Barb) of Arnprior. Alice will be fondly remembered by grandchildren David (Julie), Bruce (Jocelyn), Kyle, Matthew, Brian, and great-grandchildren Jade, Jasmine, Piper, and Willow. She was predeceased by her husbands, Clifford Carriere and Keith Munro, her sisters, Gloria Thomlison, Maybourne Arsenault, and Mary Clouthier, and brothers, Munro and Glen Leckie. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Willliamsburg on Sat., Dec. 1 at 10:30 am. A reception will beheld at the Chesterville Legion, following inurnment at Grantley Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers and in keeping with Alice’s love of animals and her community, donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or the Ottawa Humane Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
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