Patterson, Mary Inglis

patterson-mary-wJune 19, 1913 – November 16, 2016
at the age of 103

It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the passing of Mary Patterson, known to many as ‘Aunty’ Mary, on November 16, 2016, at the age of 103, in Salmon Arm, BC.  Mary was born June 19, 1913 in Red Deer, Alberta.  Mary spent much of her youth in the Caribou and the Comox Valley, with most of her life living in Courtenay, Vancouver and North Vancouver.
Pre-deceased by parents Agnes and George Bell; husband Ralph (Paddy); sister Magdalen; brothers William, Alexander and Marshall, Mary is survived by many nephews, nieces, and friends.
Mary was a great lady and an inspiration to many of those whose lives she touched throughout her long life.
“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die”

  AFTER GLOW     (by Helen Lowrie Marshall)
I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an after glow of smiles when life is finally done.
I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways.
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun.
Of happy memories that I leave, when life is finally done.

To honour Mary’s wishes, there will be no funeral.  Her ashes will be scattered in North Vancouver with her late husband Ralph’s, in the spring.
Contributions to your favorite charity in memory of this special lady would be welcomed.
Special thanks to the staff at Mount Ida Mews in Salmon Arm and Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, for their care and comfort of this special lady in the past 2 ½ years.



  1. Dear Inglis Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences at this time. Something that I have found to be a great source of comfort are the promises found in the Bible at John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21:4. These scriptures along with others show that in the very near future God is going to not only bring our loved ones back to life but he is going to eliminate all of the causes for why we deal with sorrow, pain and even death itself. It is my sincere hope that these promises bring your family comfort at this time. Once again I am so sorry for your loss.

  2. Wow, Mary, we’ve wondered for several years about our wonderful former neighbour and friend at the Carlton at the Club in North Vancouver… great to see that Mary most deservedly cracked the century club (she was a going concern & we couldn’t hold a candle to her energy!).
    We shared the south end of the 10th floor for near 15 years with her, all of us being original owners… we shared many get togethers including teas, Xmas parties, garden parties, etc.
    I remember Mary returning from a European cruise that required a few months for her back to mend… it was a budget river cruise whereby they slept on wooden planks in the boat (Mary was 85 at the time 🙂 or another time passing me in the hallway, at a running clip (her usual gait), to catch a lift with an 18-wheeler up to Salmon Arm (she was just such a hoot & full of life!).
    When we left the Carlton to move to Vancouver Island, it was Mary who told us we were the type of folks who would really enjoy the Comox Valley and she was absolutely bang on (it was in the local paper here in Courtenay that we picked up her obituary). She did cast a wide circle and I know of no one that could’ve possibly disliked her… sadly missed.

  3. I remember Mary by name only. In 1940 my father William Watson moved to Courtenay and had room and board with Mary’s mother Agnes Bell. I believe she lived on 2nd or 3rd Street in the old orchard area. I know my Dad (deceased 1974) thought very highly of Agnes and Mary. So nice that Mary lived to the grand age of 103.


  4. A true friend to my late wife, her late Mother and and my daughter, niece and nephew.

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