GWENDOLYN DARLINE MURDY (Wilson) February 27, 1934 - March 22, 2021
Gwen passed away peacefully at Muskoka Landing after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. Predeceased by her parents Jack and Anne Wilson of Burk’s Falls, brother John (Gloria) and loving husband Deane. Loving mother of Deane (Wendy), Dana (Brett) and Jason (Michele), and proud Grammie of Emily (Nick), Brock, the late Gabriel, Kelsi, Christopher, Lucas and Ethan. Gwen’s family and friends missed her brilliant smile and companionship these last years.
Gwen graduated from X-ray Technician College in the late 1950s and took a position with Huntsville Hospital. Meeting Deane in Huntsville they were married September 5, 1959 and resided on Hunters Bay Drive for 50 years. Many friends of their children and grandchildren spent countless hours in their home and on the waterfront. The doors were always open.
Gwen had many interests. In the early years Gwen was a talented softball pitcher in Burk’s Falls. She enjoyed skiing and picked up tennis having a standing morning game at Grandview. She had the “Birthday Girls” who celebrated together and the “Bridge Girls” who played together for close to 50 years in her circle of friends. Gwen and Deane played couples bridge for years and the group extended their activities to ski trips, curling bonspiels and general shenanigans. She was an avid gardener, seen forever digging in their many gardens. Over the years many brides stood in front of those gardens for their photos.
As an active community member Gwen volunteered with the Hospital Auxiliary, Friends of Pioneer Village, and Meals on Wheels. Gwen contributed many hours to the fundraising initiatives for the new Huntsville Hospital and for the conversion of the old hospital into Fairvern Nursing Home. She and Deane were members of the All Saints Anglican Church family.
Gwen was dedicated to the Order of the Eastern Star, holding the offices of Worthy Matron, District Deputy, Grand Representative to Kentucky, Grand Officer and escort to Deane while he served in the Ontario Grand Chapter. She cherished their Grand Family and all the memories. Gwen saw almost every inch of Ontario as they criss crossed the province travelling for the Eastern Star.
Grandchildren brought that twinkle to Gwen’s eyes. Never missing an opportunity to be part of their lives, she was often seen in the stands at sporting events, building sand castles on beaches or hosting sleepovers. They were the source of her greatest joy. It is of note that Grammie was the best KD maker out there.
All who were touched by her life were fortunate to have known her. A precious gift who will forever be remembered in our hearts.
The family wishes to express its deep appreciation to the caregivers at the Muskoka Landing who cared for her with such kindness and dedication through the last chapter of her life.
An intimate immediate family service is planned. We thank all for their kind words, strength and support at this time.
In Memoriam of Gwen Murdy and in lieu of flowers donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
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Huntsville District Memorial Hospital Foundation
4-100 Frank Miller Drive, Huntsville ON P1H 1H7