June 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.