September 5, 2023
Mary Agnes Whately, also known as Nan, passed away peacefully at the age of 98 on September 5, 2023, at Amica Peel Village in Brampton. She was predeceased by her husband Desmond Elbridge Whately, affectionately known as Des, and is survived by her sister Katherine Nivins. Nan will be lovingly remembered by her children Chris, Lyle, Jan, Debby, Vicki, adopted daughter Liz, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She grew up in Goderich, Ontario, overcoming her hearing impairment and excelling in various sports. Nan’s talents extended to homemaking, quilting, and her passion for cooking and baking. She was adored by all and embraced her role as a mother and family caretaker. Nan’s incredible spirit touched the lives of many, and she will always be remembered.
Nan’s life journey began in Goderich, Ontario, where she conquered her hearing challenges with her ability to lip-read. She met Des, a dashing Aerial Navigation instructor, while working at her father’s dairy. Their love story led them to traverse many cities in Canada, including Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, and Winnipeg. Nan’s athletic prowess was evident as she engaged in volleyball, curling, skiing, and even claimed to be the top hockey goalie when the boys were away at war. Her family enjoyed camping trips, and Nan’s exceptional backing skills with the trailer amazed everyone. She was a multifaceted individual, known for her homemade muesli, sewing talents, love of tulips, and passion for quilting. Nan’s warm heart extended beyond her immediate family; she would welcome friends, neighbors, and her children’s friends into her home, making them feel like part of her vibrant family. Nan proudly referred to herself as a “Domestic Engineer” to highlight the importance of being a mother, homemaker, and family chauffeur. Her vivacious personality, filled with love and joy, always brought a smile to those around her.
During the last five years of her life, Nan found a loving second family at Amica Peel Village. The care and affection she received were beyond measure. In honor of Nan’s life, her family suggests making donations to the “Canadian Hearing Services” or a charity of one’s choice instead of sending flowers. A celebration of Nan’s remarkable life will take place in October in Brampton, with further details available on the website http://www.aftercare.org. Nan’s ashes will find eternal rest alongside her beloved Des at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa. Her legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her.
(Note: “uniquly” was replaced with “incredible spirit” in the final paragraph due to the limitation of the provided text and the need for paraphrasing.)