Mary Sarah 'Sadie' (Gillis) Williams

Born: Sun., Nov. 18, 1923
Died: Fri., Sep. 27, 2019


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 03, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 03, 2019
Location: J.M. Jobes Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

1:30 PM Fri., Oct. 04, 2019
Location: St. Joachim Church

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Mary Sarah 'Sadie' Williams
Southside Boularderie

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a dear wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Mary Sarah “Sadie” Williams on Friday, September 27, 2019, at Youville Home in St. Albert, Alberta, at the age of 95 ¾ years.
Born in Southside Boularderie on November 18, 1923 - it was always a family joke that she celebrated her birthday on November 17 and it was not until later in life when she received her birth certificate that they realized her birthday was actually November 18, so from that time forward she always celebrated for two days.  She grew up on the farm in Boularderie, and in her late teens she went to Sydney to work as a housekeeper and later as a waitress.  It was while she was working as a waitress that she met her first husband, Walter Sealey during WW II.  They were married on August 12, 1944, and sadly Walter was lost at sea on November 25, 1944 on the HMCS Shawinigan.  She moved back to the farm, and it was not until many years later she met another sailor, her Darling Cariad, Richard “Taffy” at the Venetian Gardens in Sydney, and the rest as they say is history.  While they lived in Montreal for a number of years, her heart was always in Cape Breton, and they moved back in 1973 and were long-time residents of Southside Boularderie.  It was only in 2015 that they moved to Alberta to be closer to family due to medical reasons.  
She was predeceased by her parents, Florence and Michael Gillis, her first husband Walter Sealey and her partner and husband of 56 years, Richard “Taffy” Williams.  She was also predeceased by three sisters, Margaret (Frank) Allison, Rhonda (Charles) Ellis, and Anne Portenier, and one brother, Ernie Gillis.
She is survived by her son Walter (Norma) Sealey, daughter Jane (Tom) Davis, and daughter of her heart Rita (Ted) Connors.  She was the loving grandmother to Amie (Allan), Todd, Jennifer (Tony), Thomas and Michael, and has 5 great-grandchildren (Ashley, Brandon, Jarrod, Logan and Marcus).  She is also survived by one sister, Florence (John) Henderson and sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Sealey, Glenys Williams, and Doris (Jack) Hughes, and numerous nieces and nephews who knew her affectionately as “Auntie Sadie”.
She loved her little piece of Boularderie Island, and the house was always open to friends and family.  No matter what was going on she had time to share a cup of tea and her famous apple pie, and could be heard to say “sit down – you don’t have to go yet”.  She loved to travel and meet new people – if she sat beside you on the plane, she would have your life story and through her many travels, she made many friends who kept in touch years after meeting each other.  Her favorite pastimes were cards (45s at Southside Boularderie and Big Bras d’Or Firehalls), Bingo and bowling.  She loved to play cards around the kitchen table with a wager and maybe a beverage or two to make things interesting.  Many world problems were solved over cards at the kitchen table.  “Big Red” as she was known to her family was always on the go, and she said it was what kept her young.  She was involved in her community and was the President of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Southside Boularderie Firehall for many years.  
She leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter, lessons on how to face the hills and valleys of life with faith, grace and humor.  She will forever be in our hearts and our inspiration and source of strength in our life’s journey.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joachim’s Parish or the Southside Boularderie Fire Department.  Visitation for Mary Sarah “Sadie” Williams will be held today, (Thursday) October 3, 2019, from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. in J. M. Jobes Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. A celebration of her life will take place on Friday, at 1:30 p.m. in St. Joachim’s Church, Southside Boularderie, with Fr. Peter McLeod officiating. The burial will be in the parish cemetery. A reception will be held in the Southside Boularderie Firehall after the service. Words of comfort may be forwarded to her family at

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Cathy Taylor
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
Wally, Jane & Rita:
So sorry for your loss. Aunt Sadie was a true Aunt to many, including myself. Loved spending time with her and proud to have been part of her family. Wish I could be there but unfortunately that can't happen. I remember on my 6th birthday, they opened the Seal Island Bridge and Aunt Sadie took Mom and me across. She made it a very special day and a bit deal out of the fact that it officially opened on my birthday. Just one of many happy memories. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Cathy, George & family.

Fr. John F. Morrison
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
So Sorry to hear of Sadie death, she was a great lady! I always enjoyed my visits to her house when I was at St. Joachim's. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers and i will remember her in my morning mass along with you her family. May the word of God always speak to you.May the eye of God always watch over you . May the hand of God always guide you and may Almighty God bless you. The Father Son and Holy Spirit

Shirley ( Jackson) MacLeod
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
To Rita,Jane,Wally & other family members & friends
I,m so sorry to hear of Sadie's passing. She was always so kind when we visited with Rita when we were student nurses.It's so hard to say good -bye to someone you love so dearly. I'll keep you in my thoughts & prayers throughout the days ahead.Take Care
Shirley MacLeod

Jos and Linda Van Dommelen
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
Please accept our deepest sympathy upon Sadie’s passing...a lovely lady who enjoyed life and all that it had to offer...helping others in the community and giving her time to others who needed her..
We hope that all your beautiful memories and the love that you shared will help sustain you at this time....God Bless..
Jos and Linda Van Dommelen

Ann MacNeil and Aletha and John MacIsaac
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
So very, very sorry to hear of Sadie’s passing. She was a grand lady and she will be deeply missed.

Cynthia (Grant) & Billy Joe Robinson
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
Jane and family. So sorry to hear about your Mom. Our deepest sympathy to you all during this difficult time.

Brent Aucoin
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
As a young kid,my grandfather (Cyril O’Toole)
would take me to play fiddle tunes for Sadie & Taffy.
They were very nice people who always enjoyed the music.
Prayers to all family & friends..

   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
So sorry to hear of the passing of this beautiful lady. We always enjoyed her visits to the Country Classic Restaurant. Both her and your dad were such wonderful customers and we always made the extra special effort to try and sit and chat with them. There was no effort to sit with them, it was always a privilege on our part. Our heartfelt condolences to all of you. I am sure she is with the angels. God Bless. Arlene & Jim Smith xo

Selina Walsh Dixon
   Posted Fri October 04, 2019
Dear Rita and family. Please accept my sincere sympathy. I know by the way you spoke of Sadie, that she was a beautiful soul ,and a special person in your life. God Bless.

Barbara McIntyre,Mary Jessome & Cathy Macneil
   Posted Sat October 05, 2019
Dear Rita,Wally ,Jane & other Family Members:

We were saddened to hear about Sadies death. She was a wonderful woman and we were very fortunate to have known her. Sadie may have departed this earth but she will live on in our hearts and memories.Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this sad time

Anna and Kevin
   Posted Sat October 05, 2019
Our deepest sympathy Jane, Tom and Boys. Visiting with your Mom on the edge of our driveways always left a smile on my face as she was such a delightful Lady. Jane all your worries for her are over and now an adjustment period begins but just remember you were a great daughter to her.

Jennie McNamara
   Posted Sat October 05, 2019
Wally and Jane (& family) My heartfelt sympathy at this difficult time!
I first met Sadie when I would bring her sister, Anne, over to visit. We had such fun times over tea and lunch and I also enjoyed Sadie’s later visits to my place.
So many wonderful memories! Sadie was truly a beautiful person and I am lucky to have been able to call her my friend.

Cameron Portenier
   Posted Sun October 06, 2019
I’m so sorry for your loss. Aunt Sadie was the most caring and loving person and although she may not be with you physically, she will always be in our thoughts, prayers, and memories. May she rest in peace.

Kelly Ann E Beaton
   Posted Wed January 01, 2020
Dear Jane - Please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of your mom. It has been quite a while since we were at school in Montreal, but I am hoping that you and your family are coping with the loss of your mom and life treats you kindly. Should you find yourself in Ottawa, please call. Wishing you all the best Kelly Beaton, formerly of Montreal, Quebec.

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