In Memory of

Carolyn

McMahon

Obituary for Carolyn McMahon

“If by chance you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs it.  If you do this, then I will live forever.” Carolyn Mae (Cook) McMahon passed away peacefully at University Hospital in London on Saturday, February 5 th , 2022, just days after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Goodpasture syndrome, that caused kidney failure and lung issues. She was the 8th of 10 children, born on August 23 rd , 1945 on the family farm between Coatsworth and Stevenson.  She loved farm life; attending Teachers’ College in Windsor and living just north of Tilbury for a short time when first married, were the only times away from farm living.  She lived on the McMahon farm in Tilbury East for over 48 years, being content to remain there after her husband John’s passing. Along with John (February 2018), she is also predeceased by her parents Maurice and Dolly Cook, and in-laws John Sr. and Theresa McMahon.  Predeceased by siblings George (late Edith, February 7 th , 2022), Tom (Joanne), Lois (late Donald), Bob (Kathleen), Don (late Donna Kearns-Cook and surviving Donna Syer-Cook), Marjorie (late Roy), and Neil (Sharon), and sister-in-law Pat Girard (Al).  Survived by siblings Dick (Donna) and Sandy (Dennis Douthart), as well as sister-in-law Mary Ellen Stein (late John A.), in addition to many dear friends, neighbours, and relatives. She paused her teaching career to raise their three daughters – Launa, Sarri, and Sonia, who were the forefront of her life.  She enjoyed travelling near and far with her family as well as with friends, and she was always up for trying something new.  Her faith and work in the United Church as well as in the community were very important to her.  Music was integral to her life.  Her five grandchildren, Dellsie & Nolan Comartin, Rowyn Deline, and Brennan & Gavin Stonefish will remember Grandma’s homemade cookies, riding the golf cart, playing games, and chatting and laughing together.  Sons-in-law Chris Deline and Louis Comartin will also hold her memory in their hearts. To celebrate Carolyn’s life, we would ask you to remember that small kindnesses have large value, take the time to enjoy a book, plant a tree or explore the great outdoors, and also remember that simple things last a long time in both our hearts and minds. Visitation will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 20 Dupuis Street, Tilbury on Friday February 11 th  from 3:00-5:00p.m. and from 6:00-9:00p.m.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at Darrel S. Moffat Memorial United Church, 27 Canal Street East, Tilbury, on Saturday February 12 th  at 11:00a.m.  Anyone wishing to attend the visitation please click  HERE. To register for the Celebration of Life please click HERE . Please note that everyone in attendance is required to wear a mask.  A live stream option for the service is planned as well, trusting that technology cooperates.  The link for that will be available HERE . In lieu of flowers, Carolyn would like any donations made to go toward helping others, or to planting trees. Contributions to memorial trees for Northside Park in Tilbury can be made through LTVCA or the Tilbury Horticultural Society.  Donations to organizations where Carolyn was an active volunteer, including The Canadian Cancer Society , The Heart and Stroke Foundation , The Terry Fox Foundation , Community Living Chatham-Kent , or Darrel S. Moffat Memorial Church , would be greatly appreciated. For everyone who touched Carolyn’s life, and for everyone whose life was positively impacted by her, we are forever grateful.  In Mom’s last days of her earthly life before transitioning to her new heavenly home, she expressed deep gratitude for her great and beautiful life.  “All of our little things in life, I treasured them all.” Funeral arrangements entrusted to Life Transitions Burial and Cremation Service Inc., Chatham, Ontario.  Because organ donation and body donation to science and research were not possible, cremation has taken place.  Mom and Dad were true believers in organ donation for the benefit of others and always hoped others will consider the same.