July 3, 1936 – May 28, 2021
Matriarch of the Hautala family, died peacefully surrounded by family on May 28, 2021. Monica was born in Sheffield, England on July 3, 1936. her family emigrated to Canada in 1953, settling in Snow Lake, Manitoba.
After living for a time in Ontario. Monica, with her husband and two boys in tow, settled on the West Coast of British Columbia where she remained until her passing. Monica was a registered nurse at St. Mary’s (Sechelt Hospital) and Lions Gate hospitals. An active member of the Anglican Church, Monica returned to school to attend the Vancouver School of Theology at UBC, where she obtained her Baccalaureate and became a certified Anglican Minister.
Combining her nursing background and spiritual leadership, Monica’s journey led her to Pastoral Care at St. Paul’s Hospital where she provided spiritual and emotional support as a Champlain.
Monica travelled extensively throughout North America with the Order of St. Luke the Physician – the Christian healing ministry. She continued her journey in Hospice and Pastoral Care at Chilliwack General Hospital and many retirement facilities.
Monica’s love of the Lord brought her great happiness and was of prime importance to her. She passionately served the Anglican and United Churches in the following roles;
Leader with Anglican Junior Auxiliary and Girls Auxiliary groups, Church Council member, committee member, choir member, organist, warden Sunday school teacher, and Altar Guild.
A much-loved Honorary Life Member, Monica was also a deeply committed guide, advisor and mentor to hundreds of little girls of the Girl Guides of Canada, and an ‘Akela’ with the Boy Scouts Cubs Agassiz Sparks organizations serving as Commissioner also.
Monica was predeceased by her beloved husband Tauno ‘Tom’ Hautala, along with her parents Percey and Olive Metcalfe. She is survived by her sister Josephine (John) Moore of Nepean, Ontario, brother Stewart Metcalfe of Sedro Woolley, Washington, nieces, nephews and children John (Carol), Joanne, and Peter (Kathleen); nine loving grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many relative and friends all over North America and the United Kingdom.
A private funeral will be held for Monica, with a public memorial and prayer service to be held during the summer of 2021.
Our most sincere and heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Baker 2 – Abbotsford Regional Hospital for all the care and compassion shown to Monica and her family. Special thanks to Rev. Jennifer Burgoyne of St. Thomas Anglican Church, Pastor Doerksen and Pastor Kevin Sprong at Shannon United.
No flowers by request. Donations may be made to Girl Guides of Canada, B.C. Council, 1476 W. 8th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6H 1E1 or Vancouver School of Theology, Student Aid Fund, 6000 Iona Drive, Vancouver BC V6T 1L4. Arrangements in care of McLean’s Funeral Services Ltd. (604)793-9903
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