Cecilia McComb

Cecilia May McComb (King)

Thursday, May 29th, 1913 - Friday, November 13th, 2020
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Cecilia May MCComb

May 29, 1913 — November 13, 2020

The extended family and friends of Cecilia (Cis) McComb announce her peaceful passing at the long term care unit of Emo Health Centre. She was granted her wish that the Lord take her home on November 13 at the age of 107. Cis was predeceased by her husband Elwood (Dool) McComb in 1979 and her only son John (Jack) in 2010.

The daughter of John (Jack) King and Margaret Bullied born on May 29th, 1913, Cecilia was the fourth of seven children (Hilda, Dache, Cecil, Stephen, Edna, Bill, all deceased). Left to cherish her memory are numerous nephews and nieces, descendants of the King, Bullied and McComb families, including godson Len Haines, goddaughter Elaine ( King) James, and special cousins, Norma Reather and Tom Kallstrom to whom she was “Aunt Cis”.

Cis was born on the King dairy farm north of Emo, and lived her whole life in the Rainy River district. She married Elwood McComb in 1947, and lived her life as a devoted wife and mother. Some of her most cherished memories come from the years she spent with Dool living at Morson Park on Lake of the Woods. But Emo was always her home, the place where she put down deep roots in the community.

Cis served on the hospital auxiliary and the planning committee for the construction of the Golden Age Manor in Emo, where she became one of its first residents. She made many wonderful friends over the 26 years she lived there. In 2013 at age 100, Cis lived the vision of the continuous care model of the Manor, moving from her apartment to the Long Term Care Unit.

Cis was seen by all who knew her as a kind and loving person, one who was always sustained by a deep faith in God. She was “Aunt Cis” to many, family or not. She spoke ill of no one, lived life with enthusiasm, and kept us laughing with her sharp wit and sense of humour.

The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to the health care professional team for exemplary help and care over a number of years. Thanks to many who in recent years spent time visiting with her, helping to ease the loneliness. We extend special gratitude to Patty Labbe, “the daughter I never had”, who watched over her as a friend and helper, for many years.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donations in memoriam can be made to Emo Health Centre.
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    Emo Cemetery
Due to covid restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date.


Donations are being accepted for: Emo Health Centre.


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Tommy Kay

Posted at 02:11pm
Even though my sister and I called her “Aunt” Cis (she was actually my Grandmother’s cousin) she was more like a grandmother to us. I lost all my grandparents by the time I was 13 and along the way she became a surrogate grandparent along with my Aunt Joyce, Uncle Hugh and Dorothy Finch. All of whom have since passed on. Aunt Cis was a special lady. Words cannot describe how special she was. I remember Christmas Eves when she would stay overnight with us and spend Christmas morning with my family. I remember trips driving to Winnipeg with her. There was a shoulder for both Norma and I to rest our heads. I remember Sundays, after church when we would see her for lunch at one of the restaurants in Emo.

At 107 years old she lived through: WWI, The Spanish Flu, Great Depression, WWII, The Cold War (and a whole bunch of other major historical events that I’m sure that I’m forgetting). She missed the Titanic by a couple of months. She was walking history. She was a woman of strong faith. A woman of courage. She outlived her husband by more than 40 years. She outlived my Mom (who was like a daughter to her) and she outlived the devastating loss of her son Jack 10 years ago. She had been waiting and wishing to die for the last 10 years. She wondered why God kept her around.

I know the answer. God kept her around to show us the meaning of love, courage, perseverance, kindness and not judging others. She got to see the birth of her “great-grandchildren” Abby, Alexis and Elizabeth (who carries on her name Cecilia, which apparently goes back generations). They loved their visits and virtual chats with Grandma Cis. A couple days ago as she was slipping away I got to say goodbye to her. I remarked that I don’t know why it took me 40 years to call her my Grandma Cis. I told her how much she meant to us and how special she was to us. .

A couple of years before my Mom passed away I remember her telling me as we get older our connections to the past disappear. It is our responsibility to keep the people we love alive. I’m going to end this with a poem my sister shared with me the other day.

Remember Me by David Harkins
She Is Gone
You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Jan Smart

Posted at 03:45pm
Sincere sympathies to Cis’ family and friends. What a long life she lived. Cis was a good friend of my Mother, Olive Shortreed Mannausau. Dool was Mom’s first cousin. We last visited Cis at her 100th birthday party. What a lady she was!

Joyce Tibbs

Posted at 05:12pm
My deepest sympathy to the family of Cis Mccomb. My husband John (Jack) Tibbs and I spent many summers in the Lake of Woods camping and visiting with Celia and Dool . They would visit us at our campsite and we at their cabin. Previous to those days we visited at their home in Emo with our two small daughters, Jana Lee and Jill. What a gracious hostess she was. Jack was the son of Violetta Shortreed and John Tibbs and the only son who kept in touch with his Canadian cousins. I last visited Celia at Golden Manor in September of 2019 when she was 106 and met Leonard and Charlotte Haines and we had a lovely visit. Then I continued on to visit Ella (Sis) Angus in Thunderbay who was 101. So happy I was able to do that. Jack had died in 1996. I think there is a happy reunion in Heaven. My prayers are with all of you.
Joyce Tibbs
almost 91
the photo is from 2010 visit

Lisa MacGillivray

Posted at 11:05am
You were an amazing woman Aunt Cis and you will be missed by all who had the pleasure of spending time in your company.

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