CHAPMAN, Mary Louise (nee McConnell)
August 28, 1941 – January 27, 2024

Beloved wife to John “Ben” for 60 years. Predeceased by her parents Thomas (1980), Dorothy Jean (1998), and her sister Janet (2014). Mary Lou was a cherished and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her brother Jim (Engelina) and Ruth Anne (late Michael (2023)). She will be dearly missed by her children Bill and Lesley Kareem (Wael). Beloved grandmother of Ryan, Rose, Laith, Fadi, and Zane.

Mary Lou was a compassionate and dedicated nurse, having graduated from Grace Hospital in 1963. Mary Lou worked at Hotel Dieu Hospital as an RN for many years. While working full time at Hotel Dieu , Mary Lou returned to the University of Windsor and completed her BScN. She finished her career at the Windsor Essex County Health Unit until her retirement in 2006.

Mary Lou’s involvement with Girl Guides of Canada is legendary. Over the decades she served as a Brown Owl to many and also took on the responsibility of Cookie Convenor for many years.

She was strong in her faith and an active member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Essex where she often volunteered.

As an avid gardener, Mary Lou was never satisfied with her work, adding to it and surprising us every year with new projects and more deliveries of dirt.

Mary Lou’s sense of humour, compassion, and charity will be her legacy. She was the definition of a selfless caregiver.

Visiting will take place at Reid Funeral Home, 87 Maidstone Ave. E., Essex (519-776-4233) on Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service to celebrate Mary Lou’s life will be held from the funeral home on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camp Bryerswood Youth Camp, Texas Road, McGregor to benefit Essex County Girl Guides. Family and friends may share their memories online at

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