Miriam Kyllikki Ward
Miriam Kyllikki Ward, nee Pelttari, aged 92, of Bobcaygeon Ontario, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2020 at Centennial Place Care Home in Milbrook Ontario. Miriam was born on September 14, 1927 in Cochrane Ontario to Urho and Martta (Makinen) Pelttari. Miriam's parents had recently emigrated from Finland to Canada with Miriam's older brother, Allan, in May 1927. Miriam grew up in Montreal where she discovered her love of the cinema, 'the show' as she called it and she went frequently to watch shows throughout her youth. Miriam met her future husband, Ralph Ward, in Montreal and they got married on 28 May 1928. They moved to Toronto and over the years, resided in several locations throughout Ontario before settling in Colborne in the 1970s where they bought a restaurant business. After they sold the business in 1986, they settled in Bobcaygeon Ontario where Miriam finally had the time to learn to drive which she did very successfully for several years. Miriam and Ralph also visited England a few times which they enjoyed very much. Miriam loved music and singing and was a great reader and supporter of her local library. She also liked playing cards and was interested in the natural world, was an animal lover and had many cats and dogs over the years and was an avid gardener and followed science and current affairs. Miriam was a fan of the CBC, David Suzuki, Fifth Estate and The National. Miriam is survived by her four children: Lila, Brian and Cheryl Ward who live in Ontario and Muriel (Ward) Rowland who lives in England. Miriam is also survived by her nephew, Wayne Pelttari, who lives in Sidney BC. Miriam has 15 grandchildren, 9 in Canada and 6 in England. Miriam was a proud, devoted, and loving mother and grandmother who will be sadly missed by all. Miriam was predeceased by her husband Ralph and brothers Allan and Bill.
A Memorial Service will be arranged when the Coronavirus restrictions on travel are lifted. Please monitor this page to receive service detail updates. In memory of Miriam, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or the Humane Society would be appreciated by the family.