A ULOGY TO MARY, FROM HER DAUGHTER
The sun shines. The birds chirp. The wind rustles through the leaves.
Neighbourhood children can be heard playing in the distance.
Beloved Mary continues on her journey.
Her energy intertwined with the many lives she has touched.
A strong independent woman, who has left a legacy of sovereignty and labour; combined with, comradery and joy, she enjoyed her life to the fullest.
There was an energy about her that was so intense, even in death it can be felt all around us. A memory of a kind word, a private moment, a shared laugh, a knowledge gained, a new perspective learned. For that was Mary.
The dolls she made, that spanned the globe. The endless quilts. The wallpaper she choose so well, much to Siebe’s initial resistance. The plaster ceilings she tore down, for Siebe to replace…once he was back from vacation. The toil of studying. The dedication to her job. The told stories of growing up on the Baltimore farm, shared over a glass of wine.
Mary was so many things to so many people. Most of all, she was a loving wife and devoted mother. Her marriage was based on love, respect, and forward motion. Together for over 50 years, they built a home and family and traveled the world. As a mother, she instilled strong values and independence. (For that I will always be grateful.)
I cherish her memories, as well as my own. Many a bottle of wine led to stories of her growing up on the Baltimore farm. A funeral for a doll. Parading her younger siblings down the driveway to bury the broken doll. When her little brother wouldn’t cry (it was only a doll after all) she pinched him, until he did.
Being of strong will and mind, Mary knew what she wanted. As a child when left for the day to wallpaper her room (in flowers) and her older brother’s (in stripes), she decided she liked the stripes for her room and proceeded to wallpaper her brother’s room in flowers. When he came in from working in the fields, his only words were “You’re in trouble now.” And, he lived with the flowers.
Yes, Mary had a mind of her own. She also had an incredible outlook on life. Always so positive. Always a smile and a good story to share. “Sandra’s new house has a red bathtub in the living room. That tub has got to go.” “Siebe ran over the wheel barrow…with my BRAND NEW car! And now he’s lost the antenna.”
Oh yes, there are many stories to be told about Mary. She led a very active life, and has touched the hearts of us all.
She was a very lovely lady.
In loving memory of Mary
Henry,Margaret & family lit a Memorial Candle
| May 15, 2009
You are in our thoughts at this time.
Henry and Margaret Mitchell and family posted a Condolence
| May 15, 2009
Dear Siebe and Sandra. We send our love and condolences to you both. Mary was a very special lady,so talented and full of love and laughter. We are blessed with having known her. She will always be in our hearts. We have many memories of happy times spent together God Bless.