Bella-Cameron-Obituary
In Loving Memory of

Bella Jane Cameron (nee Douglass)

1933 - 2022

Obituary of Bella Jane Cameron (nee Douglass)

Passed away peacefully on July 31, 2022 at Upper Canada Lodge at the age of 89. Loving mother to Robin. Beloved daughter to the late John and Lillian Douglass, and grandaughter to the late John and Lily Mathews. Bella was lovingly known as the "Mathews girl," and was so proud of her multigenerational Niagara-on-the-Lake heritage. Bella was born in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and her life came full circle when she died there, too.


The Warning

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

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