Peacefully on Sunday, November 12, 2023, at Oakville, Ontario, at age 89 and after a life very well-lived. Jill was the beloved wife of the late Peter Carruthers for 48 years and the loving mother of John Carruthers (Susan Mendes de Franca), David Carruthers, Stuart Carruthers (Jacqueline O’Connor), and Anne Carruthers (Robin Masterson). She was the much-loved Nana Jill to Martha Carruthers (Owen Moffitt), Will Carruthers (Marian Chen), Caroline Carruthers, and Sarah Carruthers. She was Aunt Jill to many nieces and nephews. Jill was predeceased by her father Lt. Colonel Frank Wallace, her mother Sydney Wallace, her brother Jack Wallace, and her sister Ellen MacGregor. She is survived by her sister Jessie Reiffenstein and her brother Frank Wallace.
Born in Brantford, Ontario in 1934, her parents were expecting a boy. “He’s not a Jack”, said the doctor, “She’s a Jill”. Even though her birth certificate says Mary Ann, she was always known as Jill.
Jill was very proud of her Brantford roots. She was a lifelong Anglican, had many friends, survived polio in 1947, was the first female President of the Brantford Collegiate Institute Student Council, and had to deal with the unexpected passing of her father in 1948.
After graduating from the University of Toronto in 1956 with a degree in Physical and Occupational Therapy, she was married at Grace Anglican Church in Brantford in 1958. She was a proud alumna of U of T and never missed a reunion. She served as a physiotherapist in the Canadian Army upon her graduation.
After time in Winnipeg, Kingston, Niagara Falls, and Ottawa, Jill and Peter moved to Oakville in 1993.
Blessed with a sharp mind until her passing, Jill was an avid reader of books and newspapers. She was fascinated with politics and was always up to date on current events. She enjoyed playing bridge and watching Jeopardy. If the category was Royalty, British History, Classical Music, the Bible, or English Literature, she could regularly run the category.
Gifted with piano lessons at an early age and perfect pitch, she happily played the piano every day of her life. There was never a piano that she did not want to play, regardless of the location. We are grateful that she recorded her “Down Memory Lane” CD so that all of us can enjoy her music for years to come.
Jill’s other joy was spending time at her cottage on Lake Erie. She arrived at what was then her grandparents’ cottage 7 weeks after she was born. After she and Peter had a new cottage built in 1990, she continued to spend each summer there with her many life-long friends, including this year, her 90th consecutive summer. She particularly enjoyed being the summer church organist and sharing Sunday mornings with her sister-in-law Joyce Wallace at the Anglican Church in South Cayuga until 2020 when Covid forced her into retirement.
Jill was also a very loving mother to her cats Toppy, Dusty, and Tommy.
Jill and Peter were wonderful parents and partners. They were proud of their children, their daughters-in-law, their grandchildren, and their partners.
At this time, the family would like to give special thanks to Sandeep Birk, Linda Culver, Senur Hadzhalaran, and to the team at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for the love and care that they provided to Jill and which allowed her to remain at her home until the final month of her life.
In accordance with her wishes, Jill has been cremated.
The funeral will take place at St. Jude’s Anglican Church, 160 William Street, Oakville, Ontario on Monday, November 27, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the Oakville Club.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel.
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