Mary Lake

Mary Frances Lake

Sunday, June 2nd, 1929 - Friday, January 1st, 2021
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Lake, Mary Frances (nee Murray)
Mary Frances (Fran) Lake of Guelph, Ontario, passed away peacefully on January 1st, 2021 at the age of 91. Fran is survived by her five children - James Jezioro (Lake), Anne-Marie Vosburgh and her husband Peter, Gregory Lake, Murray Lake and his partner Ann Holtz, Michael Lake (mom's baby) along with eight grandchildren: Matthew, Megan, Leslie, Joshua, Rachel, Nolan, Emma and Mitchell and three great-grandchildren Benjamin, Layla and Jase. Fran will also be missed by dear family friend Jonathon Ruhnke. Fran was predeceased by her husband Frank, daughter Monica, grandson Jacob, sisters Kathleen, Ruth and her husband Dave, Grace, and Margaret, and her brothers David, Robert and his wife Ruby, and Hugh. She will be deeply missed by her brother Douglas Murray and his wife Maureen of Oakville, and Thomas Murray and his wife Beverly of Burlington.

Fran met and married the love of her life, Frank, leaving her bookkeeping job and active social life in Galt to raise their family on a farm in Puslinch. With the exception of bookkeeping, farm life was new to Fran, but she persevered learning cooking, canning, baking and gardening, and becoming an active member of the local Women's Institute. Fran cherished any time spent with her siblings and in-laws, especially the Murray Clan family picnics she and Frank hosted on the Lake farm.After Frank’s death in 1981, Fran eventually moved to Guelph, returning to school and work. She pursued her love of music through piano and choir, and joined the Catholic Women's league. In retirement, Fran passed many happy years enjoying the company of friends new and old, frequenting the performing arts, and indulging in competitive Scrabble.

Above all, she was a good mother.Fran will be remembered for her sense of humour and her plentiful and infectious laughter that brought cheer to all around her. We often could find mom in a crowded room by listening for her laugh.

Thank you to the caring in-home staff at Paramed who allowed mom to live happily and independently for many years. Thank you to the staff of Wellington Terrace for the special care of mom over the past year. You were unwavering in your devotion and your quality of care even during these difficult pandemic times. We were blessed to have mom on Walnut Grove.

A small private Funeral Mass will be said on Monday January 4th, at St Joseph's
Catholic Church, Guelph. In lieu of flowers, donations to Wellington Terrace Long
Term Care 474 Charles Allan Way, Fergus, ON N1M 0A1 would be appreciated or go
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  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, January 4th, 2021 |
    Monday, January 4th, 2021
    St. Joseph's Church
    409 Paisley Rd.
    Guelph, ON N1H 2R4
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    Private Funeral Mass to be held followed by cremation.

    Father Jeff Bergsma


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Susan Murray

Posted at 07:11pm
Susan Murray

I will always remember Aunt Fran's laugh - a virtual cackle - that had all of us laughing along. And of course i cherish the memories of the family picnics at her farm with hot dogs roasted on the end of pitch forks and three-legged races and raucous sing-songs. And now we have lost the matriarch of the family. My thoughts are with the family. I can only imagine how difficult these last months have been with the wretched pandemic thrown in!

tom murray

Posted at 02:26pm


Tom and Bev Murray

Posted at 12:27pm
Our sincere condolences to the Lake Family on
the loss of our dear sister, Fran. I have
many childhood memories to cherish—
one of them, as a right-handed person,
being stuck at the dinner table table next
to left-handed Fran. (That was fun, and no
one would trade with me!) Bev and I enjoyed many games of scrabble with the “scrabble queen,” as Frannie was known; we never could beat her.

And then there were the wonderful family picnics at
the Lake Farm. Yes, we will certainly miss you, dear Frannie.

Tom and Bev Murray

Anthony Contini

Posted at 11:04am
Murray please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family. Tony Contini and Family

Colleen Ste. Marie

Posted at 08:49pm
I have such fond memories of Aunt Fran, my godmother, and her love of family, music, and laughter. Growing up, we always looked forward to the annual Murray Family Picnics at Aunt Fran and Uncle Frank’s farm, where we got to connect with all our cousins and compete in the traditional balloon toss. Most of all, I remember Aunt Fran’s infectious laugh, big smile, and kindness. She was such a sweet lady.

Darcy and I are so sorry for your loss and wish we could be there in person.

Sending big hugs and lots of love,
Colleen and Darcy Ste. Marie

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