A resident of the Dundas Manor Nursing Home in Winchester for the past three years, Leola Shay (nee Werley) passed away there on Sun., May 16, 2010. She was 92.
Leola was born in North Lunenburg on Jan. 4, 1918 to her parents, Elbern and Florence Werley (nee Coughler).
On Aug. 17, 1946 she married Edwin Shay, and together they had two sons Murray and Reg. Leola was a hard worker, and she worked alongside her husband Ed on the farm in addition to taking care of the household chores. She was a devoted wife and mother, and she enjoyed quilting, embroidery, gardening, and travelling locally to visit with her family and friends.
Leola was an active member of the community where she served for many years as a member of the Trinity United Church U.C.W. and the Chesterville Women’s Institute.
Leola is survived by her sons, Murray (Patricia) of RR #1 Iroquois, and Reg (Dorothy) of RR #1 Chesterville, her sister Evelyn Hart of Cornwall, and her grandchildren John and Jenna Shay. She was predeceased by her husband Edwin, her brother Doug Werley, and her daughter-in-law Gilda Shay (nee Casselman). She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Chesterville on Tues., May 18 and on Wed., May 19. The funeral service was held in the funeral home on May 19 with Rev. Wendy Wright-MacKenzie and Rev. John Werley officiating, followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were Barry Merkley, Richard Hart, Claire Merkley, Tom Forward, John Maxwell, and Larry Smith.
Donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.