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Eileen Alice Appleyard

December 20, 1943 — March 14, 2024

Huntsville, Ontario

Eileen Alice Appleyard

Passed away peacefully on March 14, 2024, at Hospice in Huntsville, in her 81st year.  Eileen was born on December 20, 1943 in Huntsville to parents Edison and Lorraine Broadbent. On October 20, 1962, Eileen married Bruce Appleyard then settling in Huntsville raising six children.  She leaves behind her sons Rick (Bev), James (Amanda) and Raymond Appleyard and her daughter Joyce (Marvin) Green.  Predeceased by her sons Gerald and Douglas Appleyard.  She is the beloved grandmother of Matthew (Kayla), Taylor (Cody) Whale, Norman MacKay, Savannah, Quinton, Dillon, Ryan, Damon and Kaydan.  Great-grandmother of Rayna and Jackson MacKay and Denim Whale.  Dear sister of Ray (Deb), John and Kenny ( Sherry) Broadbent.  Predeceased by her brothers Harvey (June), Sidney, Roger and Sanford Broadbent and her sister Caroline ( Dave) Lupton.  Eileen will be missed by her many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.


Eileen graduated from grade 7 and chose to start working at the Empire Hotel as a housekeeper before marrying Bruce and becoming a full-time mom to six children. Eileen lived for her children,  Family was very important to Eileen, spending time with her Children, Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren gave her the most joy.  She spent a great deal of time researching her family history and shared at family reunions.  Stories were told of how hard everyone worked completing chores around the house growing up – cutting wood, gardening and of course walking many miles just to get to school.  Eileen's greatest joy was dancing (she gave many lessons to her families), she also enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles but it was her computer and sharing life on Facebook she loved - always saying her good mornings, afternoons, and nights to all family and friends.


Eileen was a survivor!  She battled through many health scares with strength and determination.  She will be remembered for that strength but also for the love and kindness she shared with all who knew her.


Eileen will be dearly missed, rest in peace, you were dearly loved and cherished. 


All are welcome to a celebration of life on July 6th at the home of Joyce and her husband Marvin Green at 2 p.m. to celebrate the lives of Eileen and her son Gerry who died 10 days apart.  As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, diabetic association, Princess Margaret Cancer Research Centre, Hospice Huntsville or a charity of ones choice.


Eileen's family would like to express their deepest gratitude and a huge Thank you to all the Doctors and  nurses from Toronto, Barrie, Orillia and Huntsville and the palliative team, closing the gap, community living, all the teams from the nurse practitioners office and diabetes clinic, Dr. Stager's office, and Hometown IDA drugstore, hospice and Billingsley funeral home for all you did for Mom and for getting us through these difficult time! We have an amazing support group here. Thank you all so very much. God bless you all. Xoxo

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, July 6, 2024

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

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