Mabel Ste. Marie

STE. MARIE, Mabel….

Mabel Ste. Marie (Atkins) in her 92nd year, was promoted to glory on Sunday December 18, 2016, peacefully at the Dearness Home. Mabel was born in Ottawa, one of 12 children of Florence and Thomas Atkins. Married to Albert Ste. Marie for 24 years, she was the beloved mother to Greg, Les (Louise) Penny (Mac) and Jeff (Patsy)  Loving grandmother to Megan, Amy, Paul, Graham, Justin, Chris, Mattheiu, Breanna, Camille and great grandmother of Finnley, Samuel, Nina and Matilda. Mabel raised her family in London and modeled a life of giving to her community through faithfully serving her church, teaching ESL, volunteering for the Food Bank and the Cancer Society.  When the children were in school, she worked in office administration and spent 16 years at Western University working in the Board of Governor’s office, usually walking to and from work. A lifelong learner, Mabel earned her BA in 1988. A lover of choral music, Mabel was a lifelong church choir member. Upon retirement, Mabel undertook numerous mission trips serving far and wide, travelled with her friends and siblings, and stayed fit as an active member of the Huff and Puff crowd, winning a silver medal in tennis and being a proud flag bearer for the Master’s Games. Family was paramount in Mabel’s life, as she regularly wrote letters to her sisters throughout their lifetimes. Sunday dinners were a family tradition for over 35 years at her home on Sevilla Park Place. Mabel is survived by siblings Diane, Carol, Gord and Bev and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by Earl, Ken, Florence, Joy, Stan, Barry and Dorthy. The family extends their gratitude to the caring staff at In Spirit Residences and the Dearness Home. Cremation has taken place. Celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Summerside Community Church, 1447 Commissioners Road East, London. Reception to follow. There will also be a Celebration of life service on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Hulse, Playfair & McGarry Funeral Home – West Chapel, 150 Woodroffe Avenue at Richmond Road, Ottawa. Reception to follow. Memorial donations may be made to St. Albans Anglican Church, 1350 Huron Street, London ON N5V 2E2 or the London Food Bank, 926 Leathorne Street, London ON N5Z 3M5. Arrangements entrusted to Cremation London & Middlesex 519-858-2467. On-line condolences sent to

‘Absent from the body, present with the Lord’

  1. I was profoundly saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend Mabel.

    We met in high school and became best friends who shared dreams, hopes, fun and laughter. We attended dances together during the WW II years. It was at one of these outings to entertain the troops when Mabel met a handsome sailor, was instantly smitten, and the rest is history.

    Over the years we kept in touch by mail and phone and Mabel’s visits to Ottawa. Mabel was a truly classy lady. She was always kind, gentle, soft-spoken, and respectful. She was respected by all.

    I count myself fortunate to have had Mabel as a friend.

    Sincerest condolences to the family she so loved.

    Alma Tissot

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