AYLSWORTH, Jenny - At home with family nearby on Friday, June 12, 2015,
Jennifer Llewella Aylsworth of London in her 57th year. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Peter Godwin and daughter Evelyn. Also loved by her sister Alyson Aylsworth and her husband Paul Intson, niece Katheron Intson, nephew Anders Intson. Daughter of the late William and Fay Aylsworth. Beloved step-daughter of Edith Ayslworth of Madoc, Ontario. A musician accomplished and loved by many at the organ, piano and as a soprano, Jenny was an elementary school teacher and Anglican church organist with relentless energy and drive for almost 30 years. She loved Christmas, elegant entertaining, baking and gardening, adored spy and crime novels, science fiction and history, was a vibrant source of ideas and wisdom and, loved having fun. Loyal to her family and friends, Jenny was an excellent and loving daughter, mother and wife. Visitation on Friday, June 26 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. A memorial service will be conducted at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 280 St. James St. at Wellington, on Saturday, June 27 at 11:00 a.m. Private family interment at St. John’s Cemetery, Arva. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Aylsworth-Hall Endowment for Music (payable to St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, memo: Endowment for Music) would be gratefully acknowledged.
June 14, 2015, 8:04 pm
Peter & Evelyn,
I had the pleasure of working with Jenny over the last 17 years. She was blessed with so many natural gifts and talents. She was a beautiful musician. When she played the piano it was so effortless. We had lots of conversations in the staffroom over the years and she made me laugh so many times with her quick wit. She will be greatly missed. I am very sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife and mom. I am thinking of you both during this very difficult time.
June 14, 2015, 8:38 pm
We were so sadden to hear of Jenny's passing. She was a beautiful young bridesmaid at Chris and I's wedding in 1971. I offer our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. God Bless.
June 15, 2015, 4:09 pm
I was so sorry to hear of Jenny's passing. I had the pleasure of working with her and will miss seeing her smiling face. My thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
Vickie and Corey Day
June 15, 2015, 9:21 pm
Jenny was a dear friend, colleague and mentor. She was such a creative, artistic, kind and compassionate lady. Her love for her family and friends, and her work at church and school were inspirational. She had a wonderful sense of humour and a deep love for the Arts. Jenny will be greatly missed by all who are so fortunate to have known her. To her family: You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted by the cherished memories of your life with Jenny.
Love, Vickie and Corey
Peter M. Drury
June 15, 2015, 11:43 pm
So many years, Bobbie-Lou and I had the pleasure of your company at Church and in the choir at St. Jude's. We moved but heard of your time at St. John's the Redeemer. May the Lord be with you and care for you. Love and GBWY. Peter XXXX
June 16, 2015, 10:43 am
Peter and Family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts are with you at this time.
Gem Zhiyong Jiang
June 16, 2015, 11:12 am
Rest In Peace.
I extend my solenm condolences to the family of Mr. Godwin. May memory of the forever beloved subdue the difficult time of grief.
Melissa Kemp (Boyd)
June 16, 2015, 4:20 pm
I am so sorry to hear the news about Ms. Aylsworth. She was my music teacher at A.E. Duffield school in Lambeth. I remember how she always took the time to help me with my music assignments. She was very active and involved in our school musicals. Thank you for the great times and memories. Thinking of her and her family at this difficult time.
Melissa Kemp (Boyd)
June 23, 2015, 1:39 pm
To Jenny's Family -
Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved Jenny. She was such a special person and an extremely talented musician! My caring thoughts and prayers are with you.
Norma Clare (London) Co-Founder, London Pro Musica Choir
June 24, 2015, 8:10 pm
Comfort to her family. May memories help to turn tears to smiles. I am remembering high school band, the football band, our youth group, church events. Jenny had an abundance of talent and it sounds like she lived her life (much too short) to the fullest, using her gifts.
June 25, 2015, 10:58 pm
Dear Peter and Evelyn,
We have been holding you in prayer throughout this time. Please know you're in our thoughts now.
with deepest sympathy ....
June 26, 2015, 9:55 am
I recently noticed obituaries for both your father and your sister and wanted to get in touch with you to say how sad I was to read them and how many thoughts have since resurfaced.
I have many fond memories of your family. Of course, Jennifer has a central place in my heart because I've known her the longest and honestly, she was such a gentle, kind and sweet person that I was always in awe of her personality. Beside her, I felt like a much louder and more boisterous presence. I was a little envious of her quieter nature. We were close because of circumstances: I remember Miss Connor determining that she'd stay on another year just to teach such a lovely group of children… and that she was fond of saying that our fathers were in her first class and we were in her last class. To me, it seemed that Miss Connor must have been mistaken and that maybe our grandfathers were in her first class and we were in her last, but she was likely younger than I imagined from my five year old perspective. Of course, Jennifer was an excellent student, but her presence in my classes also added some civility and refinement that I imagine the rest of us all needed, although we may not have appreciated our deficiencies at that time.
It's been decades since I last saw either of you, but I was talking about the Aylsworths just last week. We were visiting a family friend, Agi, who is 98. She is always pressing us to take a book from her library whenever we stop by. My daughter Maggie was looking over Call of the Wild, but Agi judged it as an improper choice because it was a “boy’s book”. Of course, Maggie said that was great and she'd “take it". That reminded me of a birthday party (which were almost unheard of in 1960s Madoc) when your parents, well ahead of their time, thought to send each guest home with a book. I got Call of the Wild and was thrilled to get it and then somewhat dismayed to realize that it was a “boy's book”. As Maggie and I, regrettably, have the same personality, we determined that Fay and Bill must have thought that I could handle that more than some of the other girls in attendance. They were right.
Your house was a special place to visit and your parents truly made both you Jennifer the central focus of their lives. I have lots of memories of good times in that house in the country with all of you. (maple taffy on snow comes to mind...)
We were lucky to have Bill welcome us to CHSS years in advance of Grade Nine for music classes and I loved being in the concert band in spite of my sad lack of talent. It's no surprise that both you had Jennifer continued those classes and experiences into adulthood for another whole generation of students. I did the same thing with History and French, so I understand that sense of purpose -- school is a wonderful place to spend a day or a lifetime.
For a time a few years later, Edith kindly offered to pick me up at Trent so that I would have a Friday night drive back home to Madoc in order to help my father in his store. I appreciated the lift, but more so, our conversations and the news of what "the girls" were up to.
I'm sure that you've been hearing much the same message from anyone who talks to you about your family. I hope that the last few weeks and the next few days will lead into a more restful summer for you and your family.
June 29, 2015, 7:54 pm
Peter, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your wife, she has certainly fought a long and valiant battle.
July 12, 2015, 11:39 am
I attended camp with Jenny many decades ago and remember her fun-loving pranks. I am shocked and saddened to hear of her passing at such an early age.
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