Rest In Peace

This past Sunday, on December 5, my beloved Nana passed away. I got the news when I was in Washington from my dad. I was in pieces over the phone with him. The funeral service was today as well as the burial of her cremated remains. I have so many happy memories of being with my Nana that it’s hard to let go. When I was younger, she would always get me something from The Disney Store for any occasion, since she knew I loved Mickey Mouse so much. She also taught me how to cook, and spent lots of time exposing me to different cultural events around Toronto. My most fond memory is when she took me and my cousins to see The Phantom of the Opera and because I loved it so much, she took me all by myself to see it again. My Pop and her also vacationed in Florida every year, and I distinctly remember her sending us a crate of Florida oranges as well as some souvenirs. I fully believe I love Florida and Disney because of her, and cannot express in words how thankful I am. Today we spent the day with our family at the funeral home, and I am happy that I got to see everyone. Not under the best of terms, but we celebrated our Nana’s life and our memories of her that we all had. It was great to reconnect with family I see far to little of. I’m going to miss her, but I know she is in a better place. Here is her obituary, which I think is perfect.

Tuesday December 7, 2010 
RIDLER, Frances Elizabeth (nee McKechnie) 
Peacefully at Leaside Retirement Residence on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at the age of 86 years. Much 
loved wife of Arthur for 65 years. Predeceased by her brother Sandy McKechnie (Sally). Devoted mother 
of James (Olive), George, David (Leslie) and Mary (Frank). Cherished Nana to Christopher (Jennifer), 
Alexander (Alexandra), Bradley, Nicholas, Barranger (Jennifer), Adam, Elizabeth, David and Ross as 
well as great-grandchildren Grayson, Victoria and Darcey. The family would like to thank the staff at the 
residence for their many years of help and compassion. Libby has requested a private family service 
followed by interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your 
choice would be much appreciated. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through 

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