Mary Colleen Luce (Pressey)

June 29, 1950 - February 25, 2017

There will be a family service on Saturday March 18, 2017 at 11 am at the Eden Baptist Church 56927 Eden Line, Eden, Ontario, followed by a potluck Celebration of Life at the Vienna Community Centre at 4 pm, where family and friends can share stories, memories, eat, sing and dance.

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Mary ‘Colleen’ Luce (nee Pressey), (Hewitt), (Walters) on Saturday February 25, 2017, left earth to be with the other beautiful angels in heaven, after a long and courageous battle.

Born on June 29, 1950 to Leo and Mary (nee Brown) (Newland) Pressey in St. Thomas, Ontario, Colleen was the first daughter of seven children and a caring and dedicated sister to her close siblings Larry (Eileen) Pressey, Phyllip (Roberta) Pressey, Beth (Brian) Allen, Roger (Nancy) Pressey, Dean (Kim) Pressey, and Kim (John) Burgess.  Loving and devoted wife to Marvin Luce and mother to her children, who she fondly referred to as her “Chickens”, Michelle Hewitt, Marianne (Adam) Anderson, and Bryan (Steffen) Hewitt; as well as stepchildren Marvin (Kim) Luce, Kim (Brad) L’Etoile, Rocky Luce, Terry Luce, John (Nancy) Walters and Rob (Holly) Walters.  Supportive grandmother to her beautiful grandchildren AJ (Ashley), Austin, Holly, Breelyn; and step grandchildren Mason, Matthew, Amber, Brittany, Tom, and Mike.  Sister-in-law to Irene Charlton, Beatrice (Bob) Shafto, and Doug (Anne) Walters.  Colleen was a much loved Aunt to her nieces and nephews and will be fondly remembered by her godchildren, and her many special friends.  Predeceased by her father Leo Pressey, brother Timothy Pressey, step father Charles Newland, second husband Jim Walters, stepson Dwight Walters, sisters in law Lenora Pressey and Rose Ford, and brothers in law Laurice Ford and Larry Charlton.

Colleen lived each day to the fullest and was a warrior throughout life, especially while battling illness.  She’s someone you could always count on to be in your corner.  She was an integral part of the local music community and loved to sing, play guitar, and dance. Colleen’s infectious laugh and contagious energy would light up a room.  She studied nursing in Simcoe and had a rewarding career that spanned 42 years at TDMH, where she developed many long lasting friendships.  Colleen was a long-standing and active member of Springfield Rebekah’s, LEA, and LAPM.

Cremation has taken place.

Donations to Pancreatic Cancer Canada to fund pancreatic cancer research would be gratefully appreciated by the family in lieu of flowers: 

A very special thank you to the Teams at STEGH, TDMH and LHSC – Victoria Hospital for their care and support, as well as to Prof. Dr. Matthias Birth in Stralsund, Germany.

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