Mary Byrne

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a dear wife, mother, nana and sister. Mary passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, in the Powell River General Hospital just after her 80th birthday.

Mary leaves behind her pride and joy, her loving husband of 60 years, Andy, her daughters Valerie (Brent), Linda (Dave) and Sandra (Rob), four wonderful grandchildren Torey (Syd), Kevin, Steven (Katie) and Amy, brothers Peter (Eileen), Donald (Ann), many nieces, nephews and good friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Corneillus and Annie along with siblings Edward, Frank, Eva, Polly, Laura and son-in-law Dave.

Mary was born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan on August 4, 1935. Her family eventually made the moved to the coast following the older siblings. They settled in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island then moved to Mill Bay where her parents owned and operated the Bayview Café. It was there that she met Andy, the love of her life. They were married May 14, 1955 in Cobble Hill. Mill Bay was home for a few more years before they moved on to Sechelt. The family’s final move was to Powell River in 1969. Her home was her castle and family and friends were key to her life. Throughout her life Mary was a five star cook and hostess, a green thumb gardener and was often referred to as Dr. Mary. She became an avid hockey fan, won the number one nana award on multiple occasions, helping with track and field, school cupcakes days, hot-lunch and carnival days and baking for hockey trips. In her later years Mary developed Dementia; this did not hinder her willingness to assist anyone in need….she could still whip up a bucket full of chocolate chip cookies.

Mary will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 1 pm at the Beach Gardens Resort in Powell River. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, Suite 300 – 828 W 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2, or to the Powell River Hospice Society in her memory if so desired.


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