Myrtle Shay

Myrtle Adelaide Shay

Monday, October 21st, 1929 - Saturday, April 24th, 2021
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Shay, Mrytle Adelaide

At 5:00 p.m. April 24, 2021 Myrtle, Adelaide, Elsie, Turtle, Muts, Myrt, BABE, Baker Shay with her daughter Sandra and granddaughter Cassie at her side passed to be in the arms of the love of her life Harold Dwight (originally of Chesterville) who tragically passed January 9, 1964. They will now laugh and dance into eternity along with her Mom and Dad Harry and Elsie Baker.

At 91 years (born October 21 1929), she was the BABE and will be joined by all of her Sisters and Brothers who predeceased her Bessie, Dorothy, Amelia, Velma, Gwendolyn, Verna, Edna, Harold, Curtis, George, Merald and Garnet. They were all part of the original Baker's Dozen.

Left behind to reflect on their lives are her and Harold's children Gary (Laurel), Kevin (Sara), Sandra and Penny (Bill Robinson). Nana Banana was aware of and had good times with her grandchildren, Ryan (Michelle), Patrick (Laura), Megan, Cassie (Justin Lilly) and Michael (Sophie) but because of Alzheimer’s never got to know and cherish her great grand children Colton, Carter, Stephen, Jack, Thea and Francis.

Myrtle was born the year of the 1929 Stock Market Crash and it must have been that association that instilled in her a drive and desire to succeed and which she passed on to her children.

After Harold's passing in 1964 Myrtle became a beautician having graduated from the Marvel Beauty School of Ottawa in 1965. She did that while raising her kids and keeping a home. The Shay kids would like to thank the community of Prescott for watching over us from a distance as our Mom worked so hard.

Myrtle was a talented farm girl having done all the farm chores growing up. When she wasn't working in the salon, she enjoyed keeping her lawns and gardens fresh and lovely. When not being gardener she was an artist, (many a toll piece graces walls in Eastern Ontario), a carpenter, wood worker, plumber there was never anything she would not try.

To help her in all her chores Myrtle had her best CD friend Daniel O’Donnell whose voice she heard singing Hallelujah while ascending into heaven.

We wish to extend our sincerest thanks to the folks at St. Lawrence Lodge who saw to her needs earlier in the development of her disease and also to the people at Peter D. Clarke Long Term Care Centre, Ottawa, for the care provided Mom over the past several years until her passing.

Mom was robbed of her final years by Alzheimer’s but she always had a laugh and smile and enjoyed life. We all have fond memories of happy times with her.

Arrangements are entrusted with the Irvine Memorial Chapel @ Roselawn, 2451 County Road 15 Maitland ON. Due to Covid restrictions an immediate family only graveside service is being held Tuesday, May 4.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Toronto Sick Kids Hospital, “Life begins and Flourishes at SICK KIDS” or Alzheimer’s Research

We can now after 57 years use the phrase
” mom and dad in the same context”.
Rest in Peace Mom.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 |
    Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
    Roselawn Memorial Gardens
    2451 County Road 15
    Maitland, ON K0E 1P0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Due to Covid there is a private family graveside service.
    Rev. Jack Bradley
  • Interment

    Roselawn Memorial Gardens
    2451 County Road 15
    (Maitland Road) P.O. Box 44
    Maitland, Ontario K0E 1P0
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2 trees have been planted in memory of Myrtle Adelaide Shay

Nancy Sinclair, Melissa Plaunt, and Donna Baker

Posted at 03:41pm
With loving memories of "Myrtle Shay",
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Nancy M Sinclair

Posted at 03:36pm
We were so sad to hear of Myrtle's passing. We will always remember her sense of humour and her kindness. Heaven will be filled with her laughter.
Deepest condolences,
Donna (Baker), Nancy Sinclair, Melissa Plaunt (Donna's daughters) and families.

Jean Dufour

Posted at 08:47am
Gary, Kevin ,Sandra and Penny. So sad to hear of your moms passing. Always a smile and upbeat. My dad and Lou lived around the corner and she did Lou,s hair for years. Also was my hairdresser for years. Always enjoyed my time with her. Lots of laughs ,made you feel good and look great. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Anne Elliott

Posted at 08:32pm
Gary, Kevin, Sandra, Penny & childhood neighbors. I wish to extend my deepest sympathies on the loss of your mom. Myrtle, such a wonderful lady, I have so many fond memories of her from my childhood. I will cherish them always. I picture her always, big smile watering the beautiful flowers she had growing along her garage. We were blessed to have you all for neighbors. Heaven gained another precious angel. Her struggles are over, she’s at peace now, re-united with her love, in god’s beautiful heavenly garden. RIP Myrtle, fly high, till we meet again.
Love you all

Margo and John Christofolakos

Posted at 02:22pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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