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A Celebration Of Life: Mary Frances Lake

Lake, Mary Frances (nee Murray)
Sunday, June 2nd, 1929 – Friday, January 1st, 2021

Mary Frances (Fran) Lake of Guelph, Ontario, passed away peacefully on January 1st, 2021 at the age of 91. Fran is survived by her five children – James Jezioro (Lake), Anne-Marie Vosburgh and her husband Peter, Gregory Lake, Murray Lake and his partner Ann Holtz, Michael Lake (mom’s baby) along with eight grandchildren: Matthew, Megan, Leslie, Joshua, Rachel, Nolan, Emma and Mitchell and three great-grandchildren Benjamin, Layla and Jase. Fran will also be missed by dear family friend Jonathon Ruhnke. Fran was predeceased by her husband Frank, daughter Monica, grandson Jacob, sisters Kathleen, Ruth and her husband Dave, Grace, and Margaret, and her brothers David, Robert and his wife Ruby, and Hugh. She will be deeply missed by her brother Douglas Murray and his wife Maureen of Oakville, and Thomas Murray and his wife Beverly of Burlington.

Fran met and married the love of her life, Frank, leaving her bookkeeping job and active social life in Galt to raise their family on a farm in Puslinch. With the exception of bookkeeping, farm life was new to Fran, but she persevered learning cooking, canning, baking and gardening, and becoming an active member of the local Women’s Institute. Fran cherished any time spent with her siblings and in-laws, especially the Murray Clan family picnics she and Frank hosted on the Lake farm. After Frank’s death in 1981, Fran eventually moved to Guelph, returning to school and work. She pursued her love of music through piano and choir, and joined the Catholic Women’s league. In retirement, Fran passed many happy years enjoying the company of friends new and old, frequenting the performing arts, and indulging in competitive Scrabble.

Above all, she was a good mother. Fran will be remembered for her sense of humour and her plentiful and infectious laughter that brought cheer to all around her. We often could find mom in a crowded room by listening for her laugh.

Thank you to the caring in-home staff at Paramed who allowed mom to live happily and independently for many years. Thank you to the staff of Wellington Terrace for the special care of mom over the past year. You were unwavering in your devotion and your quality of care even during these difficult pandemic times. We were blessed to have mom on Walnut Grove.

A small private Funeral Mass will be said on Monday January 4th, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Guelph. In lieu of flowers, donations to Wellington Terrace Long Term Care 474 Charles Allan Way, Fergus, ON N1M 0A1 would be appreciated or go to www.wellington.ca/terracedonations/

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