SIMMONS, Margaret Mary “Eileen” (née Healey) - Passed away peacefully on April 16, 2021 at Hillsdale Estates, Oshawa in her 98th year.
Born October 24, 1923 in Stoco, Ontario, Eileen was predeceased by her parents, Dennis and Myrtle Healey (née Killoran), her husband Thomas, sons Patrick and Matthew, and brother Gerald.
Eileen, aka “St. Eileen” to her children, leaves behind her beloved daughters, Joanne Stycuk (Peter), Margaret and Ellen Simmons.
She was the much-adored Nana to Tim (Juli), Kathy (Scott), Alison (Scott), Peter Michael (Stephanie), Jonathan (Samantha), Stefan (Catherine), Mark and Luke and Great Nana to Nataley, Mya, Canyon, Faith, Ryerson, Leighton, Holly, Charlotte and Madelyn Eileen.
She will be missed by many nieces and nephews and sister-in-law, Mary Healey.
After a life devoted to family, Eileen eventually found time for things she enjoyed and which kept her mind active.
A graduate of the secretarial program at O’Neill Collegiate in Oshawa, Eileen’s interests often focused on the written word, which included her own award-winning penmanship.
She took to solving crossword puzzles at age 75 and developed her own crossword dictionary which honed her Scrabble skills. That gave way to word search books. More recently playing (and winning) bingo was a favourite pastime with her daughters.
Eileen was a loyal friend, a cheerful and pleasant personality, until you got her ‘Irish up’. Small in stature, she was a giant of generosity to all who crossed her path.
The family wishes to acknowledge the compassionate care provided by Hillsdale Estates - Strawberry Fields home area staff, especially Eileen’s special angels.
We salute your unsung work in our underfunded public long-term care system. A lifelong member of St. Gregory the Great parish, Eileen’s dignity, deep faith and fidelity to family and friends are among the gifts she leaves us.
With heavy hearts we say a final, “God Bless (GB) you, Mum."
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family will hold a private visitation and funeral service at McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME LTD., 152 King St E., Oshawa (905-433-5558) with interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 355 Taunton Rd E, Whitby.
For online condolences, please visit makfuneralhome.com .
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada - Durham Northumberland Chapter (1-800-268-7582) or to the SickKids Foundation (1-800-661-1083) are greatly appreciated.