Monica died peacefully, on Saturday, November 10th, 2018.
Monica was born on September 8, 1925 at home in Oakville. She was the second of four daughters of Charlie and Clara Barnard joining older sister Sheila (Betty) and later sisters Dorothy and Maureen. Monica was educated in Oakville and later attended Dominion College and the Royal Conservatory of Music. A trained mezzo soprano, Monica performed at concerts and festivals winning numerous awards and accolades. She particularly enjoyed performing the works of Bach, Handel and Mozart. Monica held the position as Supervisor of Music with the Oakville School Board and beyond for many years where she introduced a generation of students to the importance of music in their lives. Under her instruction many of her pupils successfully competed at various musical events.
In July 1967 Monica married Ivan Siessor (Slessor Motors Milton). She became step-mother to Bev and Connie and later a loving grandmother and great grandmother to her little ones who would affectionately call her "GG". Monica also had a close and loving relationship with her nieces, Debbie and Margo and nephews, Charles and Richard. Ivan and Monica enjoyed travelling the world together. In addition to their strong support of The Gideons, Monica would share her musical talents for many years at their local church, Calvary Baptist as both a choir member and soloist. She latter attended Milton Baptist Church. Following Ivan's passing in 2005 Monica continued to be active with her family, church and community. Her helpful approach was reflected in her volunteer work including delivering meals to those in need. She was also a faithful supporter of her sister Dorothy's missionary work in Brazil. Monica's greatest strength was her deep faith in Jesus Christ. She demonstrated her Christian ideals by her help to others and by sharing her faith in the Lord with those she met. It is because of her having accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Saviour that when Monica closed hereyes for the last time here on earth, she opened them opened them in the presence of her Lord. Therefore, we take comfort and certain knowledge that Monica is not gone from us, she was has simply gone on ahead; her entry into Heaven being announced with the words, "Well done my good and faithful servant. You have kept the faith and welcome home".
Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 15th at the J. Scott Early Funeral from 12:00 pm till time of Service in the Chapel at 1:00 pm. Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Milton. Reception to follow the interment at the Funeral Home.
If desired, remembrances may be made to Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills and/or the Gideons International Canada.