It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Hilda McMahon, with her family by her side, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.
Hilda Theresa McMahon (nee Lengyel) was born on the family farm in Stratton, Ont. on Nov. 18, 1927. Hilda (Babe) was the youngest of nine children born to Mary and John Lengyel.
As a teenager, Hilda ventured from the family farm and travelled to Oshawa, Ont. to be with two of her sisters. Many legendary stories have surfaced about her adventures during this chapter of her life.
Along with friends, there was hitch-hiking between Stratton and Fort Frances for weekend dances. The stories of these adventures still are coming out.
A few years later when she returned to Stratton, a romance ensued with Arthur McMahon and they were married on June 25, 1952. Art and Hilda started their family in 1953 and their seven children came fast and furious.
Hilda, Art, and family lived in Mando Camps Robinson and Aerobus before settling permanently in Kenora, Ont. in 1956.
Art passed away in 2002.
Hilda also was predeceased by her parents, Mary and John; her seven sisters, Katie, Mary, Anne, Julia, Peggy, Helen, and Irene; and one brother, John.
Hilda is survived by her children, Ron, Sheryl (Don) Olson, Murray (Susan), Linda (Jack) Neniska, Tim (Cathy), Trish (Roger) Horton, and Michael.
Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, Lisa (Laird) Hyslop, Kristen (Brad) Boucha, Austin (Robin), Tammy McMahon (Hall Risk), Carmen (Dan) Boucha, Samantha (Chris) Grotke, Stefanie (Jordan) Trent, Kyle (Catherine Patzel), Nicole (Arlindo) Brazao, Mitchell (Jennifer) Horton, Tyler Horton, Matthew Butts (Krista Prystie), and Amy McMahon (Ray McDonald).
She also is survived by her 34 great-grandchildren, who she loved having visit as often as possible.
As well, Hilda is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including a large extended family and many friends, all of who enjoyed Mom's hospitality over many years.
Throughout her adult life, mom enjoyed being part of a weekly bowling league and she loved going for lunch with her friends. She especially enjoyed walking across the street to have a visit and a cup of tea with her dear friend, Agnes.
She also filled her time taking care of her flowers, spending time with her grandkids, knitting slippers, and just sitting down with a cup of tea or Kahlua to watch “The Price is Right," "Wheel of Fortune," "Judge Judy,” or her favourite, curling.
Every Sunday morning, there was standing-room only at Mom's kitchen table. The place was jam-packed for the breakfast of champions: potato chips, cheezies, popcorn twists, doughnuts, pastries, and all the tea and coffee we could drink. Peach slushies, raisin cookies, and chicken noodle soup also were favourites.
Anyone was welcome and her door always was open.
A celebration of life service was held on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Travel Lodge in Kenora.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
No one ever left Grandma's house without getting a hug, a kiss, and a good-bye wave from the front window. We always will miss the waves, but we know that you always will be watching and waving from above