OLGA “OLLIE” MARGUERITE LILIAN MATHEWS January 19, 2022 Oh I had wings like a dove! For then I would fly away to rest. Psalms 55:6 Peacefully, with her husband by her side, our dear mother passed away after battling valiantly for six years against the effects of a stroke. Olga was born in 1930, in Neuilly-Sur-Seine, Paris, France to the late Dr and Mrs MEJ Stalker. The family moved to Toronto where Olga attended Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Languages from the University of Toronto. She met her future husband, John Mathews, at St. Clement’s Church in North Toronto, where they were eventually married. A kind, gentle, and dignified lady, she harbored a quiet ferocity brimming with love and determination. She loved us unconditionally. She made sacrifices for us. Altruistic, humble, devoted, devoted – she embodied them all. In 1989, as soon as she left the hospital, still wearing a full neck brace following a serious car accident, she went directly to the bedside of her sick mother, our beloved late Grandma. Instead of worrying about herself, Olga feared that she would be prevented from caring for Grandma. She also loved her friends, and there were many of them! She had longtime friends from LPCI, the University of Toronto and St. Clement’s Church. After graduating, she spent a year in England and Europe with her classmates. They made sure to meet annually until they were no longer able. Olga volunteered for fifty years at her church, St. Luke’s Anglican Dixie South, and also nurtured lifelong friendships there. She loved the Maple Leafs, the “Bridge Club” and riding her bike. She was predeceased by her sisters-in-law, Harriette Stalker and Jane Mathews, and her best friend, Joan “Cookie” Cruickshank. Olga is survived by her husband of 62 years, John, her children, Anne, Paul (Ana) and David (Nashly), her grandchildren, Matthew, Gregory, Renée and Mitchell, her brother, Dr John Stalker, her nephew, Ian, his nieces, Catherine and Linda, Bey and Virginia. Special thanks go to her brother, John, and her nephew, Ian, for the love and support they have given her over the past few years. We cannot stress enough that our neighbors and friends helped us come to terms with our loss. The countless prayers and kind words confirmed that we have lost a true gem and a true lady, the heart and soul of our family, a woman who was loved by many good people. We love you mom. Now and always. We miss you terribly and, while not wanting to let you go selfishly, we thank God for his tender mercy here. He claimed a faithful servant and soldier. Thank you to the nurses at Downtown Amica and Trillium Hospital in Mississauga. In lieu of flowers, please support the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A private funeral will take place at a later date. Online condolences can be made at www.chapelridgefh.com
Published by The Globe and Mail from January 29 to February 2, 2022.