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Born: Jun 01, 1957

Date of Passing: Jan 08, 2021

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June 1, 1957 - January 8, 2021

After a determined fight, Mary crossed the rainbow bridge on January 8, 2021.
Mary was born in Winnipeg in 1957. She was the youngest in a family of four and the only girl. Mary was quiet and thoughtful, precocious and bright. By the time she had reached high school age, the family had settled in Stony Mountain. Mary graduated from Stonewall Collegiate in 1975 and then moved to Winnipeg and worked for Moore Business Forms for many years before returning to school to learn computer programming in the late 1990s. Mary worked as a programmer with Doncar Systems until her retirement in the summer of 2020.
In her early years Mary had a wide variety of interests from making her own clothes, healthy eating to collecting treasures and free-lancing her art to science fiction magazines. She travelled all over the world to Science Fiction Conventions. In later years, her insatiable thirst for knowledge of all things Universe became an endearing quest to investigate unusual facts or phenomena. Mary was a meticulous quilter and produced beautiful work that is admired by many. Her true passion was for her cottage where she would spend time gardening or trying out new recipes. Rainy days were devoted to reading while on sunny days she might go picking blueberries or floating around on the old inner tube. All who knew Mary will remember evenings of fun and laughter be it card games, a singsong around the campfire or bantering well into the night over the day's events.
She will be sadly missed by her brother Monty (Kathy); sisters-in-law, Misty and Sheila; nephews, Darwin (Karla), Russell (Ann), Albert (Jessica), Stephen (Jennifer), and niece Crystal (Cameron); step-nephews, Ivan (Danielle) and Adam (Emma); her life-long friend Kathy Langille; and Kathy's family, Matthew (Jocelyne), William (Aleeya), Mirela (Treva), Daniel, and Nay (Gui), in which she was affectionately known as "Auntie Richie". She will also be missed by her friend Al Johnson. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Winnie, and brothers, Patrick and Rory.
Family and friends would like to thank the exceptional care Mary received from the Palliative Home Care unit as well as the wonderful staff of 3 East, Riverview. As Dr. Ted so aptly remarked, she did it her way!
Due to COVID restrictions a service will be held at a later date.
Donations in Mary's memory can be made to a charity of your choice.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • What a beautiful tribute to a very lovely and Interesting lady! Mary was our lake neighbour who enjoyed her walks and searching for quartz crystals that she used creatively. When you talked to Mary, you always learned something new. She was a life-long learner who kept searching for answers about our universe. We were shocked and saddened to hear of her untimely passing. Mary was a kind soul, whose memory will live on in those who knew and loved her. We extend our heartfelt condolences to all! With loving thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Ken and Linda Boughton (Lake neighbours) on: Jan 25, 2021

  • It is with great shock to learn the passing of Mary. My Condolences to her brother Monty and Family, the families of her deceased brother Patrick, and to my children Crystal Langlois and Stephen O'Connor. Mary was such a gentle person, may she RIP ELSIE - Posted by: Elsie Pounder (Ex sister in law) on: Jan 19, 2021

  • Sorry to hear of Mary's passing. We spent many hours together with her and Rory while they played their Guitars when they resided in Stony Mountain. Our condolences to her family and close friends. - Posted by: Wendy Pilcher (friend from Stony Mountain) on: Jan 18, 2021

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