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WILLIAMS, (nee Doyle) Stella May

July 29, 1928 – Charlottetown, P.E.I.
February 3, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

May Williams passed away in Calgary on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at the age of 87 years.

May graduated from the Charlottetown Hospital School of Nursing as an R.N. in 1949 and joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a nurse Sub-Lieutenant in 1951. She left the navy in 1956 to marry. John and May lived in England, California, Halifax, Winnipeg, Victoria and retired in Ottawa, where May went to Carleton University after her sons had all left home. She graduated in 1993 with a B.A. in History.

In 1999 she moved to Calgary to be near four of her sons, and enjoyed the city and many new friends very much. She was a volunteer with St. Mary’s Cathedral and loved the Calgary Public Library.

Mother of Peter, Andrew (Kathy), Stephen (Amy), Thomas (Anne) and Timothy; grandmother of Stephen’s Kyle and Leah, Tom and Anne’s Sheila and Thomas, and Tim’s Stella and Gus. She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Brigadier General (Ret’d) John A. Williams, OMM CD, on August 7, 1997 in Ottawa.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral (219 – 18th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB) on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Interment in Ottawa at Hope Cemetery. In memory of May Williams, if friends so desire contributions to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of May Williams a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Kathleen A. MacDonald

    My sincere sympathy and condolences and those of my family in Mermaid,P.E.I. are extended to all of you, May’s beloved family. Our mother, Kathleen (Doyle) MacDonald was May’s first cousin and she, Kay and May spent many happy times together over the years. Since our mom died in 2008 I have kept contact with your mom by phone and visited her several times when I was in Calgary visiting my brother JD. I always enjoyed chatting with her and she enjoyed getting the PEI news. She contacted me when she was leaving her apartment to let me know what she was doing. I am so sorry her health deteriorated so much but I do think she was at peace with the situation. She was a talented,intelligent kind woman who accomplished in her life. She was very proud of all of you and your achievements and she loved all of you very much. May she rest in peace with her beloved John. A contribution will be made to the local Queen Elizabeth Hospital ( the successor of the Charlottetown Hospital) in her memory. May God bless and support all of you at this difficult and may your memories of happy family times be a comfort to you in the days ahead

    Kathleen A. MacDonald

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  2. Very sorry to hear of May’s passing. She was an amazing woman…follow of energy and zeal! She was totally engaged in all her children’s aspirations and making a warm and loving home for them and John. And she had a great love of reading, always extended a helping hand, and mastered anything that took her fancy! I am thinking of the beautiful Advent altar cloth she was responsible for, that is still used at Holy Cross in Ottawa. And she was fun! The photo used in the obituary says it all!
    Eleanor Moore, Ottawa

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  3. Very sorry to hear of May’s passing and I send along my sincere sympathy and condolences. She truly was an amazing woman with a wonderful heart and lots of spunk! I enjoyed her visits to Charlottetown and appreciated how kind and caring she was to Leo and Mary. They enjoyed their time with her on visits, sitting out in the porch like good old times. She had an amazing smile, clever sense of humor, and had some amazing stories to tell! Truly, she will be missed.
    May your family find comfort in the fond memories of such a wonderful woman! God Bless you all.
    Donna Sanderson
    Prince Edward Island

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  4. Juanita Mac Donald Lechowick

    To Peter, Andrew, Stephen,Thomas and Timothy; their partners and grandchildren.
    Loving memories of your mother as we send our condolence across the miles. She is remembered by the Nurses Alumnae of the Charlottetown Hospital School of Nursing. We will have a mass offered in her memory.

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  5. Judith (Margaret) Quinn

    Mom and I give our deepest sympathies for the passing of your mother. Although I barely remember May from when you lived in Halifax, mom has very fond memories of May. Mom was moved by the news and offered an immediate silent prayer for your mom.
    May she rest in peace.

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  6. Alison (Quinn) Chase

    Stella and I are 1st cousins, once removed. Now you may think that this is a strange way to start a condolence to the family but if Stella were here, she’d immediately get it and laugh.
    About 10 years ago I got hit by the genealogy bug and compiled what came to be known in the less religious circles as “The Book” – the genealogy of my mother’s family – The Foleys and the Doyles of Prince Edward Island.
    Stella supplied all kinds of information on her side of the family and I’m forever grateful. Only last year we talked briefly about this and that, my mother and her sister Kay – all things family. I signed off with “Hugs always, first cousin, once removed!”
    Stella was of my mother’s generation but I was fortunate to have known her through this project and one face to face. She was everything her friends have posted on this site – warm, funny, interesting, wide engaging.
    My condolences to her family and friends for she will be greatly missed. It is with great sadness that I update the Book.
    daughter of Margaret (Doyle) Quinn, granddaughter of William Alphonse Doyle, great-granddaughter of James Doyle and Margaret Hogan, Stella’s grandparents.

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  7. Alison (Quinn) Chase

    PS I never knew why I had always known May as Stella. It was the way I was introduced and so I guess it was the way her name stuck with me. /Alison

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