On May 13th, 2016 – Mary Lang, of Duncan, BC, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 92. Mary is survived by her daughter Maureen (Dave) of Surrey, England, and sons Iain (Leanne) of Shawnigan Lake and Scott (Kim) of Nanaimo. Mum also leaves behind 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Mum was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, John, in 2003.
Mum was born in Glasgow in 1923 and while being raised as a city girl she enthusiastically signed up for the Scottish Land Army to support food security efforts during World War II. Working on the farms was where she would eventually meet her future husband, John, whose family ran a dairy farm in Cortachy. After the birth of her first two children, Mum and Dad immigrated to Canada in 1955. They arrived in Fairbridge and the welcome they received in their new country was never forgotten. There was an immediate love for Canada and the opportunities it offered. Mum and Dad eventually settled in the Cobble Hill area where their 3rd child was born in 1960. Soon after, Dad was able to achieve his dream of becoming an engineer and our family of five was off to Portugal for a job opportunity. Work opportunities took Mum and Dad to new adventures in Stewart, BC, locations on the mainland and Inuvik, NT.
After thriving in the Arctic, a brief retirement in Alberta was negated by the desire to move back to Vancouver Island. Settling back in Duncan, they were able to reacquaint themselves with old friends and welcomed visits from kids and grandkids who were now spread all over the map.
Mum was fiercely independent and proud but also had a very sharp wit. Family gatherings were always an occasion of vibrant laughter and teasing. Sharp of mind to the end, Mum graciously bowed out of a life for which she thoroughly enjoyed and never took for granted. No service by request.