Mary Myra Costello

21 July, 19328 July, 2021

“Ye banks, and braes, and streams around The castle o' Montgomery, Green be your woods, and fair your flowers, Your waters never drumlie! There Simmer first unfald her robes, And there the langest tarry: For there I took the last Fareweel O' my sweet Highland Mary.” ~ Robert Burns

Died at home in McConnell Manor, with family and caring staff by her side, on Thursday, July 8, 2021; age 88 years. Myra left this world to be reunited with her one true love, her “Bill” (husband William Costello deceased July 7, 2020).

Loving mother of Katrina Ouellette (Gene), Pauline Costello (Ron) and chosen daughter Elizabeth Loney. Cherished grandmother of Leonard Costello Smith (Leah Travis), Duncan Costello Smith (Anna Snyder) and Veronica Ouellette. Adored great-grandmother of Lincoln Everett. Dear sister of William (Doreen) and George. Predeceased by her parents Thomas Patrick and Christine (née Murray). Also predeceased by her brothers Christopher, James, John, Edward and Thomas. Myra will be missed by many family and friends in Canada and Scotland and dear friend Sandra Andrews.

Myra took immense pride and joy in the lives and accomplishments of her grandsons and their partners, as well as treasured granddaughter Veronica-Tate Ouellette. Through the marvels of modern technology Myra was tickled pink to engage and remain up-to-date with the antics of her great-grandson Lincoln Everett (son of Len and Leah).

Myra will be remembered for her kindness, humour and feistiness. Always quick to stop and talk with friends and strangers alike, Myra will be missed by many. Community and neighbours were important to Myra and she will be especially missed in the neighbourhoods of Henry Street, Fifth & Gloucester, Hillcrest and most recently the McConnell Manor.

Myra will also be remembered by many people who attended General Vanier and Cornwall Collegiate Secondary schools. Affectionately known as Mrs. “C”, Myra served up more than food at the cafeterias where she worked. All meals came with a side order of caring, humour and sometimes advice about manners. Myra also loved her work as a PSW at St. Joseph’s Villa where she took great pride in attending to the needs of the residents. In her later years Myra would repeat this work as primary caregiver for husband Bill through his many stages of dementia. The last year of Myra’s life illustrate the depths of her resilience, character and grit. After losing her beloved husband, Myra tackled breast cancer (surgery and treatment), and then in March, the Corona virus. After a long hospitalization at the Cornwall Community Hospital and St. Joseph’s rehab respectively, Myra was able to return home. With the incredible professional support and care of Chartwell McConnell Manor, Myra was able to spend her remaining weeks surrounded by a community dedicated to her comfort, well-being and dignity. The love and commitment of the Manor staff will be forever cherished by Pauline, Katrina and Elizabeth. A special thanks to Laurel Murray, Health and Wellness Manager at Chartwell McConnell Manor and her exceptional nursing team. Many thanks to the Paramed PSW team who had a lengthy caring relationship with Myra (and Bill) over several years. A special thanks also to the Housekeeping, Kitchen and Maintenance teams who attended to Myra’s changing needs over her last few weeks. To Craig Smith, Geriatric Assessor, for your care, support, and guidance over the years. Many thanks to Dr. Cook, Shauna and Brooke, Donna Trasuk and to Dr. Yu and her palliative team. Cremation. Funeral arrangements under the care and direction of LAHAIE AND SULLIVAN CORNWALL FUNERAL HOMES, WEST BRANCH, 20 Seventh St West (613-932-8482). An inurnment for both Myra and Bill Costello will be taking place on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 10:30am, at St. Lawrence Valley Cemetery. Family wish to invite all who would like to attend. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations to Cystic Fibrosis Canada or to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family. Messages of condolences may be left at

“That heart that lo'ed me dearly! But still within my bosom's core Shall live my Highland Mary.”

~ Robert Burns


14 August

Graveside Service

10:30 am

St. Lawrence Valley Cemetery


Mary Myra Costello

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J.R Leger

31 July 2021

What a lovely and caring lady, whom I called friend and dear neighbor.
Thankyou for your kindness over the years Mrs. C. You will truly be missed.
My deepest condolences to all of the family. My prayers and warmest hugs are being sent your way.

Gisele Lamoureux

26 July 2021

Pauline, Katrina and family,
My deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear mother. I have great memories of her and your dad. Those were the days that I miss.
She will be in my prayers.

Gisele Lamoureux (wife of Richard (Dick) Lamoureux)

Connie Augi

24 July 2021

My sincere condolences on the passing of this wonderful Lady. Lots of great memories from growing up on Henry Street with both her and Bill and then sharing church with them at Good Shepherd. Hold dear in your hearts the memories.


Maureen McAlear

21 July 2021

My condolences to the Costello family. I first met Bill and Myra through the Cornwall Township Historical Society. I enjoyed many visits with them after their move to the McConnell Manor. Conversations were filled with much good humour and stories about some of the "characters" of St. Andrews. They are both missed very much in our community. God bless.

Denise Paquette

20 July 2021

My mother, Audrey Payne, my sister Leslie, and I all send our condolences.

We have fond memories of the Costellos. Our heartfelt sympathies to Pauline, Katrina and your families.

Maureen McIntosh (Stokes)

18 July 2021

Pauline and Katrina and families,

My sincere condolences to you all during this difficult time. I have fond memories of your mom and dad during my childhood in Cornwall. May they now rest in peace.

Nancy Pilgrim

15 July 2021

Pauline & Katrina - my sincere sympathies on the loss of Myra. She & Bill lived at McConnell Manor just down the hall from me. I also remember meeting them when Katrina & I were in the "Friends" folk group, many years ago. Now they are at peace, together again,

Sincere condolences again,
Nancy (McNaughton) Pilgrim

Jean MacLeod

14 July 2021

Dearest sympathies to all, Bill & Myra were a couple that were everywhere there was fun !! They toasted Alan when he was born , they watched Anna highland dance, & pipe, took me home a few times from the Legion after bagpipe lessons !!!!! They didnt miss too many chances to be with their St.Andrews West friends !!! They will be missed .

Rhona(Law) & Wayne Dixon

14 July 2021

We are very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. It was always a good laugh that there were 2 Bills and 2 Myra's ( your parents and mine). Our mom's passed away on the same date. I have fond memories of visiting your family growing up in Cornwall. Your parents were great people and will be missed by anyone that knew them. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Our condolences to you all.

Heather Bisson (Riddell)

13 July 2021

So sad to hear the passing of Myra. I have memories from childhood and right up to my adult life. Until 2019 when I retired I was always so happy to see her come to the mall at Tim Hortons, she always came to see me. My condolences to all the family. Myra you will be missed👼🙏🌹

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