WALLACE, Stella Fontaine – Died Feb 18, 2017, at Bluewater Health at the age of 86. Predeceased by her husband, James (Jim) Rodger Wallace, in 2006.
Stella was born May 14, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York, while her British parents, Tom and Lily Silk, were living in the US. Tom and Lily moved back to England when Stella was 15 months old and settled in Melksham, near Bath. At the age of 19 Stella moved to Birmingham. She worked at various jobs, including that of artist’s model at the School of Art, where she met a student named Jim. They married in September 1952 and eventually moved to a house in Newton Aycliffe, in the northeast of England, where they became avid members of the Newton Aycliffe Players, the local theatre group.
In 1965, Jim was offered a job as a chemist at Imperial Oil in Sarnia, and the Wallaces immigrated to Canada. Stella fell in love with a house on Lake Huron in Bright’s Grove, and they settled into the community.
Her passion for books led to her becoming head librarian at Bright’s Grove Library, and she and Jim were members of St. John-in-the-Wilderness Anglican Church. They were very active in Sarnia Little Theatre, where Stella acted in and directed many productions. She also had a flair for set decoration. But mostly she was known for writing and directing SLT’s annual Christmas pantomimes, which became a hugely popular tradition.
In the 1990s, Jim and Stella started wintering in Florida. They bought a trailer in Dunedin and met a new group of friends, and Stella took up line dancing and even DJed at local parties.
In 2000, they sold the house in Bright’s Grove and moved into an apartment on Sandy Lane in Point Edward. In 2003, after Jim had moved into a nursing home, Stella bought a house in Point Edward, where she enjoyed many happy years and stayed up far too late at night.
Despite Stella’s health problems over the last few years, she didn’t waste time feeling sorry for herself. She loved her books, music, movies, and a Campari and soda in the courtyard of Trillium nursing home, where she had lots of friends, both staff and residents.
Stella leaves behind her son, Andrew, and her daughters, Victoria (David) and Lucinda (Lesley), who would like to thank Stella’s friends and neighbours, the staff at Bluewater Health, and the PSWs of both Trillium Villa and the Victorian Order of Nurses for taking such good care of their mum in her final years. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Stella’s life will be held at a later date; details to be announced.
In place of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association in her memory.
One day I will heed the voices
You shall wake and find me gone
Dancing to a different drummer
By the shores of Babylon.
Basking where the mermaids wallow
Naked in an alien sea
But I’ll wait until tomorrow
For today it’s time for tea.
“Dreams of an Everyday Housewife”
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