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April 3, 1931 - June 24, 2024

In Loving Memory ~

Mary was born in Fort William, ON in 1931, but felt extremely blessed to have relocated to the Cowichan Valley in 1967... "Best move we ever made" she often said!

Married in 1951, Mary was predeceased by her husband Frank in 2009 and is survived by her four daughters: Mary Anne, Jane, Catherine and Larraine and their respective husbands, Steve McAdam, Tim Stewart, David McNeill and Chris Evans as well as 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and many loved nieces and nephews...and of course, her adored cat Dusty.

Mary loved the Cowichan Valley, especially her "Green Acre" which became the family homestead on Maple Bay Road for over 50 years. She loved maintaining the property on her riding lawnmower, tending the gardens and trees, and managed to do this well into her 80's.

Her love of animals, from guinea pigs to horses made the "Green Acre" property a wonderful place for her girls to grow up...and as their families expanded, so too did the scope of "Grandma's House." Copious cups of tea, a birthday or two EVERY month and wonderful Christmases were enjoyed by several generations.

From a young age, Mary worked in jewellery and fine china retail. She brought her skills out west and was employed by Nowrath Jewellers for 25 years. Mary made many friends at Nowrath's and Barb, a coworker, continued to visit Mary right up until the end - earning the distinction... "Honorary Daughter #5".

Mary had a strong connection to her Scottish roots. Specifically, family from the Orkney Isles. She met many friends and relatives on her visits to Holm and Burray and became life-long friends with her cousin's wife, Dorothy. They enjoyed visits back and forth and chatted on the phone weekly until Mary no longer could.

Anyone who met her would remark what a lovely lady Mary, Mrs. Kelly or Miss Mary was. She loved singing and music and when she was a teenager, she sang on the radio...her voice was that good!

In her youth she was a keen tennis player and cycled everywhere and that love of activity and sport translated to later life as she supported the Toronto Blue Jays and followed her daughters' interests in sports.

She had an excellent sense of humour retaining it to the end. Even as her dementia progressed, it was expected that her sharp wit would decline...that didn't happen, and she knew all of us to the end. She was a very strong woman inclined to help wherever she could, was slow to anger and was non-judgmental by nature. An ideal mum to four spirited daughters! There was always a smile at the ready and enough love for everyone.

Mum's last 5 1/2 years were spent at Sunridge, a place so close that daily visits were possible and where we truly felt she was loved and cared for. Many thanks to the Management and Staff for their unwavering support of Mum and our Family. Our dear Mum is at peace now.

As a longtime parishioner, Mary's resting place will be alongside her mother in the pastoral setting of The Church of St Peter, Quamichan. Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, July 19, 2024, at St. Peter Quamichan, 5800 Church Road, North Cowichan, BC, V9L5M3.

Memorial donations in honour of Mary can be made directly to the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation.

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Service Details

Celebration of Life
Friday, July 19, 2024
1:00 PM
St. Peter Quamichan, 5800 Church Road, North Cowichan

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