Muriel Doris Byard, age 93, of Stratford passed away peacefully at Spruce Lodge on Sunday, December 20, 2020. She was born on the family farm in Monkton, Ontario on August 22, 1927, the only daughter of the late Alberta and William Scott. Muriel was predeceased by her brothers Blake, John (Jack) and Edward (Ted) Scott. She is survived by her children, James, Ann (Rene van Amerom) and Scott Byard, grandchildren, Lise and Brit van Amerom, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. She spent her working career in retail, beginning in her 20s with Zilliax Hardware in Listowel, Ontario. After staying home to raise her family, she returned to the workforce in the late 1970’s, working at Scott’s Department Store in Mitchell, owned by her brother, Blake, and finishing her working career at Kmart in Stratford. She enjoyed a long and happy retirement. A generous spirit, she was an active volunteer in the Stratford community, with the Perth Regiment I.O.D.E., Spruce Lodge Home Auxiliary, and Stratford General Hospital Auxiliary. She was a former member of St John’s United Church and most recently, Parkview United Church and the U.C.W. She loved music, theatre and dance, both as a participant and audience member. She played piano and organ, and as a long-time volunteer with the Stratford Concert Band, was always a smiling face at the door when selling tickets at the band’s concerts. She enjoyed attending productions at the Stratford Festival, and worked for a couple of seasons in the Theatre’s Wardrobe Department. She danced for many years with the Stratford Lakeside Active Adult Association Line Dancers. Muriel loved to watch her granddaughters, Lise and Brit, perform in their annual dance shows and piano recitals. She loved spending time with her brothers and their families, and maintained friendships for life that she formed in her elementary school days. She enjoyed the social outings as a member of the Red Hat Ladies. Although her children had all relocated to the West, she preferred to remain in Stratford, near her brothers and her friends. However, Muriel also cherished her annual trips to Kamloops, BC, to visit her children and their families. She was game for any adventure on her visits, from visiting Hot Springs, camping at remote lake cabins, and crossing the Capilano Suspension Bridge, to eating sushi. At home she was never bored. She was an excellent seamstress, and loved sewing projects for family and friends. She read books, walked regularly around the lake in Stratford’s Queens Park, crocheted, gardened, cooked, baked, refinished furniture, and rarely missed a game played by her beloved Toronto Blue Jays. In 2018, Muriel moved to Spruce Lodge, as she had developed Alzheimer’s disease, and was no longer able to live independently. She loved attending chapel services there (prior to pandemic restrictions) and, even though she enjoyed the privacy of her room, always appreciated being invited to all activities and music events. We would like to thank Dr. Thompson and all of the staff at Spruce Lodge for their care and concern for our mother. She set an inspiring example for her children and grandchildren on how to live a good life. We will dearly miss her warm smile and infectious laugh. A graveside service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Cemetery, Mitchell at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Society, the Canadian Diabetes Association or Parkview United Church may be made through the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 510.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
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