HONTOS (AGNOS), Mary - Surrounded by the love of her family at University Hospital ICU on Saturday, March 26, 2016, Mary Hontos, nee Agnos of London, Ontario. Daughter of the late William and Despena (Pinio) Agnos. Lovingly remembered by her daughter Mary Ellen DiFazio and her husband Steve, of Georgetown. Proud Grandma of Damian and Drake. Sister of Georgia Velos of Toronto, and the late Elizabeth Condos and Dr. John William Agnos. Mary graduated from Victoria Hospital and Western School of Nursing and dedicated her life to nursing at Victoria Hospital for close to 40 years. She enjoyed cottage life at Pt. Stanley and tending to her many flower gardens. For many years, she was a volunteer at Parkwood Hospital where she enjoyed working with the Veterans. She will be fondly remembered for her quick wit, vast knowledge, and the wonderful conversations she could have with anyone. Visitation on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James at Richmond, London. The funeral service will be conducted at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 472 Richmond St. at Queens Ave., London on Wednesday, March 30 at 11 am. Interment Woodland Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides would be appreciated.
March 27, 2016, 8:08 pm
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.
Kim, Peter, Christine and Nicolle
March 28, 2016, 8:07 pm
Momma H will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences to Mary Ellen, Steve and the boys. Love from Rona, Piero, Sara, Samantha and Sabrina.
March 28, 2016, 9:16 pm
Thinking of all the good times we had working at the hospital, those afternoons at the local tea rooms and the cottage at Port. I'll miss all the phone chats too. My prayers are with you Mary Ellen, Steve and the boys.
March 29, 2016, 2:35 am
I feel the need to tell you what I learned about Mary during our 8 years as neighbours and friends. Mary was a great caretaker. As a Nurse, she took care of her patients. As a Nurse Educator, she took care of her students. As a Nurse Administrator, she took care of entire wards. In her personal life, she loved, honoured and cherished her family and friends, and took great care to ensure they knew she felt that way about them. She took great care of all of her property, from each petal in the garden to each item on the shelves. I believe, however, that the things that Mary took care of that gave her the biggest joy were information and history. Anyone who has ever had a conversation with Mary knows that her amazing mind was crammed full with a vast array of knowledge. The detail that she was able to retain was truly astounding. She could point to any nick-knack or painting in her home and explain exactly where when and why it came to be in her home. She has all her nursing papers and achievements tucked away for posterity. I remember the day she came to me thrilled to tell me that her student nursing uniform (which she of course still had faithfully preserved and intact) was to be included in an exhibition of Nursing History. Over the last few years I had been trying to encourage Mary to catalogue some of the things that she had kept that were most important to her. Mary was resistant to the idea, however. I believe that Mary, still being so sound in mind and fairly able bodied, felt that her role of caretaker of these precious bits of information was far from over. Unfortunately, we have now lost the true gift of all the details of her powerful mind. So I ask anyone who reads this to honour Mary`s memory by taking care: of your loved ones, your homes, your gardens, but most of all your memories. For if your memories are lost, a piece of you is lost forever. But if you save your memories, your loved ones can share them with you long after you are gone.
Take care, Mary. You will be missed.
With much love to Mary Ellen and rest of the family and friends,
Sherry Weese (Rona\'s Mom)
March 29, 2016, 1:27 pm
Mary Ellen: So sorry to hear about your Mom. Sending my deepest sympathy and hugs.
Marian Shorley and daughter Roianne Galloway
March 29, 2016, 4:21 pm
To Mary Ellen and family - we are so sorry for your loss. Mary was a strong and vivacious women who was always entertaining with her treasure trove of stories. We had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with her at the cottage about 3 years ago. It was a wonderful day - one that we will always hold as a dear memory of Mary. Marian and Mary we're work friends for many years and shared life's ups and downs. You are in our thoughts and prayers today.
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