Lila Marie Weir passed away peacefully, after a long and well-lived life, on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
She was born on Dec. 9, 1921 to Tyyne and Frank Petersen, the first of four sisters, in New Finland, Sask.
Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Fort Frances, Ont., where her siblings were born and where Lila spent the rest of her life.
As a young woman, she met Ed Weir, whom she married on March 22, 1942. She then had to endure a long and scary wait for Ed to return from Europe and his service in WW II.
After his safe return, they started a family and Lila gave birth to three children, Nancy, Kathie, and Ted. As well as raising her children, she worked for a number of businesses over the years in Fort Frances.
In October of 1957, she and Ed bought property on what is now Fifth Street East and built their home where she lived for nearly 60 years.
Over the years, she became the consummate crafter. She excelled at everything she put her hand to, in particular quilting and paper tole. These works of art are, and always will be, treasured by those who possess them.
As time passed, her family provided her with seven beautiful grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, all of whom she cherished and was so proud of.
Lila adored dancing and always looked forward to a night out on the dance floor. She also loved to travel to visit her family or see other parts of the world, including Ireland, Hawaii, Taiwan, and Mexico.
Life is not without sadness and Lila had to deal with the passing of her beloved, Ed, as well as her parents; grandson, Colin; many friends; her siblings and spouses, Norma (Gordon) Miniely, Voila (Ed) Taylor, and Sheila (Jack) Egan; and her many brothers- and sisters-in-law from Ed's siblings, save Dorothy Weir.
Her last few years were spent at Rainycrest.
Lila is survived by her children, Nancy (Brian) McGregor, Kathie (Ken) Mondor, Ted Weir, and Linda Hansen; grandchildren, Rob (Karry) Boyd, Jody Hartley, Jamie (Jennifer) Boyd, Blair Mondor, Craig (Mandy) Mondor, Amy (Mike) McLeod, and Nicole and Chris Ballegeer; great-grandchildren, Cooper and Shayla Hartley, Ashton and Lucas Boyd, Natalie Mondor, Logan and Paige McLeod, Lily and Ella Weir, and Violet Ballegeer; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
As per her wishes, cremation has taken place under the care of Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.
A family get-together will happen at a later date.
A commemorative bench in memory of both Lila and Ed has been erected on the pathway bordering the shores of Rainy River near the end of Fifth Street East. The family would be honoured if you take a moment during your walk to stop, sit, and take time to recall their time with us.
If desired, in memoriam donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation or the Alzheimers Society c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
When I come to the end of the day
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little-but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me-but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Maker's plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me-but let me go.