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Obituary for Frances "Frankie" Ruth Ahara

August 5, 2019
Obituary for Frances Frankie Ruth Ahara

Ahara, Frances. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Frances Ruth Ahara on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Terrace Lodge in Aylmer, Ontario.

Frances, or Frankie to her family and friends, was 93. Frankie was predeceased by her husband, William Robert Ahara, her parents, George Elmer and Frances Lillian Cole (Haight), her sons, Ronald Curtis and Michael Curtis, her brother George Cole (Mary) and sister Alberta Cluff-Smith (Bill). Frankie is survived by her daughters Catherine and Kimberley Ahara (Sam Ward), her daughter-in-law Maggie, grandchildren, nieces, and a nephew.

Frankie was born March 31, 1927 in South Gate, California but she lived most of her life in St. Thomas and Elgin County. She attended Arthur Voaden Secondary School before working at the Hillcrest Inn in Port Stanley. Her love of music began in earnest at the L&PS Pavillon, later the Stork Club, leading Frankie to a career at the Howse of Music in St. Thomas. Bob Ahara joined the company a few years later and they married in 1964. After adopting Kim and Cathy, Frankie became the church secretary for the St. Thomas Suburban Pastoral Charge. Frankie was a curious person with an infectious laugh. She enjoyed baking, painting, animals, road trips, Paris, computers, and gardening; there wasn't a blouse, fish taco, or flower she didn't love. She devoted much of her time to horticulture; she was a lifetime member and former President of the St. Thomas Horticultural Society, a member of the Garden Club of London, and Chairman of the Trillium Awards in St. Thomas. She was also an accredited design and rose judge, lecturer, and teacher.

A Memorial Service will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Talbotville United Church, 10734 Sunset Drive in Talbotville. Internment will follow at the Shedden Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m on Saturday August 10, 2019 at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, St. Thomas. If desired, remembrances may be made in Frankie's memory to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada, the Canadian Diabetes Association, or Animal Aide St. Thomas, Elgin. The family extends special thanks to Dr. Rick Goodhew, St. Thomas Emergency Medical Services, and the staff at Terrace Lodge in Aylmer for the excellent support, care, and compassion each showed our Mother.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 06 August 2019 15:48:41 PM EST

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