It is with feelings of profound sadness and countless blessings that the family of Ivy Mary Stroud announce her passing on Monday, January 8 at the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Care Centre. She was 90 years young. She was predeceased by her husband, Bill; only son, Glenn; parents, Robert and Louise Hillier; sisters, Inez Bishop, Marina Sullivan, and Joyce Gregory; brother, Maurice Hillier; nieces, Glenys Gould and Marie O’Driscoll; and brother-in-law, Jed Sullivan. She leaves to mourn her daughter, Janice Stroud; daughter-in-law, Karen Crandall-Stroud; granddaughter, Victoria (Andrew) Stroud; grandson, Adam (Shelley) Stroud; brother, Vernon (Marie) Hillier; two brothers-in-law, Roy Bishop and Eric Gregory; her nieces and nephews, their spouses and children whom she considered “like her own”; special friends, Paul and Darlene Ivany, their children and grandchildren; several other special friends and family members; and her sweet little fur baby, Heidi, who was an adoring and devoted companion.
Ivy was a true lady who looked at life as a gift and everyday as a blessing. She was a devoted wife for fifty-two years which meant she stood by Bill in several business ventures throughout those years and looked after much of the business side and financial matters, in addition to working outside the home. Her family and friends were number one and she loved for them to visit as then she could spend days hauling out recipe books, wondering what they would like to eat, planning their meals, then baking and cooking to her heart’s content. She was an independent woman with a multitude of interests. She loved to learn and in recent years she would say on a daily basis, “google that”. She loved following current events - consequently a consummate CBC and CNN follower. Her crossword puzzles were a regular challenge and she read anything and everything, especially material that enhanced her lifetime fascination with life in the north. Over the years, she felt an obligation to church and community which lead to years and years of volunteer service. From age twelve when she “turned” her first coat, she loved needlecraft and felt great satisfaction in making things with her hands. “She could do anything” and anything she did, she did it well. In fact, one principle she lived by was “anything worth doing is worth doing well”. She loved to make things for others and took great pride in teaching others to do her craft whatever that happened to be. She had a great respect for the environment and felt a responsibility to do her part in protecting it. She took great pleasure in travelling and exploring afar; but those opportunities were no better than her digging in her garden at home, playing a good game of cards or tending the fire at Little Burnt Bay. Ivy’s quiet, unassuming nature hid many strengths and passions that only those close to her really witnessed. She lived with a deep faith, treated everyone as an equal, freely shared whatever she could, appreciated life, and lived without regret. Her strength and stoicism was steadfast right to the end. She has truly left a legacy to us all - “a life well lived.”
Donations in Ivy's memory can be made to the Lionel Kelland Hospice or the Daffodil Place.