Obituary of Alice Shwery
Shwery, Alice (Mary) (nee Beaudoin)
Alice (Mary) Shwery’s next journey began Monday, January 17, 2022 at 9:40 am. Late of Windsor, Ontario, Alice passed away at Windsor Regional Hospital with loving family around her. We would like to thank the amazing and compassionate care given by the Paramedics, ER and Fifth Floor Nurses and Doctors at Met Campus.
Beloved wife and dancing partner of Cavell (Cal) Shwery for 75 years. Dear daughter of the late Hector Beaudoin (1968) and Adelaide (Rousseau) (1969).
Proud, loving and fun mother of Rebecca (Becky) Shwery, Windsor, Patricia (Patti) and the late and dear Kenneth (Ken) Douglas (2014), Macomb Illinois, Deborah (Debbie) and David McAllister, Windsor, Michelle Shwery and Jeen Jager, Indianapolis, Indiana. Sadly predeceased by her infant son Cavell Shwery Jr. (1953).
Loving Mimi (Grandmother) to Alexander Cavell Shwery Jager and Nicholas Ethan Shwery Jager of Indianapolis and Patricia Christena McAllister and Samantha Mary McAllister of Windsor. "To us Mimi was a pillar, and a force of nature. From our earliest memories she always had so much energy, excitement, and magic about her. There was always another craft to start, more work to be done in the garden, and a party that just needed a good excuse. She was everything we thought a grandmother should be, and all the little old ladies in our books with magical stories and candies hidden in their pockets always seemed familiar. Like a cat even as she got older Mimi was still always curious and had a way of doing things her own way. We hope to be as lucky as she was to have lived such a long life, surrounded by so many who loved and cared for her. We’ll always be grateful for the love and care she showed to us."
Our mom was the last surviving member of the Hector and Adelaide Beaudoin(nee Rousseau) Family of LaSalle, Ontario. Predeceasesd by her parents, the late Hector (1968)and Adelaide Beaudoin (1969)nee Rousseau and her seven siblings. Sisters, Anna (Willard) Quick, Stella (Carl ‘Denny’ Behr), Bernadette (Kim) Sarenchuk, Madeline (Pete) Morency; and brothers, Harvey (Lillian Bergeron), Lawrence ‘Cisco’ (Lucille ‘Brissett’) and Joseph (Joe). Caring and loving daughter-in-law to the late Leo Saba (1951) and Christena (1990) (Nicholson) Shwery. Dearest sister-in-law to the late Ted and Eva (Rahey) Shwery, the late Donald and Virginia (Geavreau) Shwery, and the late Richard (Dick) and Sophie (Azlen) Shwery. Survived by dear sister-in-law Zenith Beaudoin (Joe’s spouse), Pembroke, Ontario, Sharon Bellaire (the late Robert(Bob) and Dwight Shwery(Patricia). Many dear cousins, nephews and nieces in the Windsor La Salle area and throughout Ontario, elsewhere in Canada and in the United States including her beloved niece and God Daughter Vicki Beaudoin Erlandson (Jon) in California.
While living in Chatham for fifteen years (1965-1980), Alice was a life long volunteer and contributor to many organizations. For this she has received numerous awards over the years, most recently this January receiving once again, The 2021 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards (MHSTCI). Alice belonged to the Thames Theatre Group and was an active volunteer for many years where she was the head of the wardrobe department. Alice was an active member in the I.O.D.E. (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire) and an active curler and volunteer in The Chatham Granite Curling Club. She was also a member of the May Court Club in Chatham where, for many years Alice taught sewing and crafts to children at the May Court Neighbourhood Centre. Alice created and built two twelve foot tall matching Raggedy Anne and Andy dolls for the Maycourt Annual
Ball, themed Fantasy Ball and later happily donated the dolls to the Merrymount Children’s Centre in London.
One small example of Alice’s generosity was when she custom-made authentic Grecian Dresses for twenty-two high school students’ Roman Banquet. Alice invited all 22 students to her home and each night over the next few weeks custom made each one an authentic Grecian Dress while at the same time teaching each one of them how to macrame authentic looking collars to drape over the dresses.
On returning to Windsor(1980) Alice continued with May Court and her volunteer work. For more than 40 years Alice enjoyed being an active member and volunteer with The Friends of Willistead where Alice donated her time for all the special events held throughout the year where funds were raised for Willistead Manor. When mom wasn’t volunteering she enjoyed many hours tending to her beautiful flowers and garden.
Alice contributed numerous costumes to the Windsor Light Opera for their stage plays and she also volunteered for many years with the Capital Theatre in Windsor where she loved ushering during their stage plays presented for area grade school children.
On April 27, 2012 Alice was the proud recipeint of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and The Ontario Volunteer Service Award for her many years of dedicated volunteer service.
Alice will fondly be remembered as a caring, kind, and loving person not only to her family, but a person who always had her home open to everyone. Her sweetest smile and gentle nature will be missed by us all, especially by the love of her life Cavell(Cal) of seventy-five years, with whom she adoringly called Kiddo.
Mom we will always look up to the night sky towards the constellation, Great Bear (The Big Dipper) and think of you, “Alice Star” (a star named and chosen for you on July 9, 2016) coordinates RA 10h12m28.74 +41°25'57.7'' dec 9.52 mag UMa
Arrangements entrusted to Windsor Chapel Funeral Homes Ltd., 1700 Tecumseh Rd. E, tel. 519-253-7234.
Online condolences may be shared at www.windsorchapel.com.
A celebration of Alice’s life to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Alice to The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
1700 Tecumseh Rd. East
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