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Tess Evangline (nee Shouldice) Maclay-Johnston

MACLAY-JOHNSTON, Tess Evangline (nee Shouldice) - January 24, 1925 - February 5, 2019 It is with saddened hearts we announce the passing of Tess MacLay-Johnston on February 5, 2019 at Marshall Gowland Manor, Sarnia Ontario. Born January 24, 1925 in the village of Lionís Head Ontario, seventh child born to Rugless and Mary A. Shouldice (Duke). Tess attended business school in Owen Sound and worked at the Royal Bank in Lionís Head before moving to Sarnia in 1951. Tess continued working in banking at the TD Bank and the Royal Bank as she and Arnold MacLay (late) raised their four children: Phil MacLay (late) (Chris), Ben MacLay (Billee-Jean), Valerie Clark (Wayne, late), Barb Young (Bob). Tess loved her grandchildren: Jeff MacLay (Tracey), Deb MacLay (Mike), Tinacia Cepeda (Brent), Daniel MacLay (Ashley), Patrick Canning (Sarah), Kevin Canning, Corene Goldstein (Jesse), Steven Clark (Vanessa), Erica Crescenzi (John). She also enjoyed being a Great Grandmother to Amanda, Ryan, Steven, Emily, Charlotte, Declan, Ronan, Tessa, Flora, River, Rory and Brody. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Tess married John Johnston in 1992. They shared five years together before Johnís passing. She was also predeceased by her son Phil MacLay, son in law Wayne Clark, five brothers Percy, Garnet, James, Thomas and Hermus Shouldice and one dear sister Barbara Ireland. Tess was a sincere and kind woman who loved to socialize. She led a very busy life until the past few years when health issues slowed her down. She loved to dance and was an avid card player at the Strangway Centre and various social clubs in the community. For many years, Tess attended and was actively involved with Grace United Church. Please join family and friends for a celebration of life for Tess to be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME , 1576 London Line, Sarnia, Ontario on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. followed by a service at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Grace United Church or St. Joseph Hospice would be appreciated. (Please note Smith Funeral Home only accepts cheques for donations.) The exceptional care Tess received during the final chapter of her life was truly outstanding and we would like to thank the healthcare professionals in the Ivy unit at Marshall Gowland Manor for ensuring a comfortable and peaceful passing. ďThe loss of a mother can never be replaced but the love of a mother can never be lostĒ Kelly Flonnery 13325380
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Condolences to Val , Barb and Ben
Posted by Sheldon Jones (Friend and neighbour) On Monday, March 4, 2019
So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. She was like a second Mom to me as I spent so much time at your old Murphy Rd house as a kid in the 50's and 60's. Back in those days all the neighbourhood Moms knew each othe r and if you crossed the line of behavior your Mom heard about it before you got home. I hope you all find comfort in the memories of a wonderful Lady
Sorry for Your Loss
Posted by Kathy Brooks (friend) On Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Hello Barb and Val...I'm sorry for your loss. Losing your Mom is always a hard one...sending lots of love!
Ben, Barb, Val and families
Posted by Judy Jones (Friend) On Sunday, February 10, 2019
I am very sad to see that Tess has passed away. We had so many laughs and good times for so many years while working at the TD and beyond with our dinners for the ‘old girls’. Always looking so smartly dressed and so much fun to be with. Made us a deal for many years to wrap her Christmas gifts for her and she would cook for us, we certainly got the better end of that one! Heaven has certainly gained a beautiful angel. Keep on dancing Tess! Judy
Posted by Sue & Terry Furlotte (Friends) On Sunday, February 10, 2019
Barb & family We are out of town, are sorry to read of Tess’s recent passing. It’s been a long road for all of you. She ie forever at peace now, and forever grateful for all your support. She was certainly loved, and you will have no regrets for the time spent with her. Enjoy the memories now.
Farewell dear Tess
Posted by Diane O'Connor (fellow td employee) On Saturday, February 9, 2019
I was just thinking of Tess the other day and wondered how she was faring. A few of the girls from Christina St branch got together about once a year for dinner and Tess was always a pleasure to spend time with. She wore those red leather pants well even at 91! She will always be fondly remembered by those who were fortunate enough to have called her friend. Rest well sweet lady at least until the music starts.

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