Monica Oline Groves peacefully passed away in Calgary, Alberta on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at the age of 94 years old. She had loving family by her side.
Monica was born in New Eltham, Kent, England on Aug. 8, 1925. Monica emigrated from England to Canada with her husband and young family, settling in Ancaster, Ont. in 1965. Throughout her long life she enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, tennis, music and many canine companions. Monica was also a gifted knitter and all her family, young and old, enjoyed her creations. From 1993 to 2005, John and Monica spent their summers in Fort Frances, Ont. at their cottage on Hopkins Bay (Rainy Lake). Shortly after John's passing, Monica moved into the Riverwalk condominiums, where she resided for 11 years. She enjoyed the summer season at her cottage sitting in the sun, watching the hummingbirds, doing crossword puzzles, listening to the loons, reading and drinking tea on the beach. Monica spoke of how much she loved Northern Ontario, with exception of the bitterly cold winters! In 2016, Monica moved to Calgary, Alberta for health reasons and to be near her eldest daughter Joanna. While living in Calgary, Monica had frequent visits from family, both near and far, offering love and support as her health declined.
Left to cherish their mother's memory are daughters Joanna Cumming (Murray), Susan Glass (David), Jane Elliott (Kevin); and son Tom Groves (Monica). She was the beloved Nana of grandchildren Kate Betteridge (Brandon), Sandi Elliott (Matt), Emma Page (Chris), Jimmy Glass (Sarah L), Sarah Glass (Russ), Riley & Grant Groves and great-grandnana of Charlotte (Charlie) & Rowan Page. Monica was predeceased by her beloved husband Dr. John Tear Groves on January 31, 2005; mother Matthea Ovrehagen of Lillehammer, Norway; father Victor Sandy of London, England; brother Olaf Sandy from England and other much loved brothers and sisters-in-law in England, too numerous to name.
Monica will be laid to rest with her husband John at St. John's Anglican Church cemetery, Ancaster, Ont. There will be a loving graveside service with family and friends in attendance.