Mary passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at the age of 101 years, 8 months. Mary was predeceased by her loving husband, Lloyd Harper, in 1996, and by her beloved son, Bruce, on July 1st of this year. Bruce was her caregiver for many years, taking care of her while she lived at Dunrovin Lodge.
Mary is survived by her loving daughter, Glenys Pumfrey and her son-in-law Noel of Victoria, BC, her granddaughter, Sarah (Thomas) MacKenzie and her great-grandson Wyatt of Zehner, Saskatchewan, and her granddaughter, Ember Harper, of Quesnel, who is Bruce’s daughter. Mary is also survived by her nieces, Nell Bond and Shannon Hobbs (Kinley), and her nephews, Don Fisher and Allan Patterson. She will be remembered fondly by her lifetime friend, Bea Dezell, of Prince George.
Mary was born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan on November 17, 1908, the youngest of five sisters and one brother. Mary moved to Mission B.C. where she worked for six years, before going to Quesnel to visit her sister, Sally Kinley. While in Quesnel she met her husband to be, Lloyd Harper. They were married in October 1940 and Mary lived here ever since.
Mary was an active member of the United Church Women’s group since 1942; a life member of Cariboo Chapter #71 OES, and a member of the Firebelles.
Mary’s love for her family and her granddaughters Sarah and Ember was deeply held. She loved her garden where she could be seen on most days.
On November 17, 2008 we held a tea in the United Church hall for Mom celebrating her 100th birthday. She was very pleased with the whole event and we wish to remember her on this happy day. There will be no service and we hope you will have fond memories of our mother, in her garden, walking to Safeway, and involved in the community. Condolences may be sent to Glenys at firstname.lastname@example.org or to #26 – 551 Bezanton Way, Victoria, B.C. V9C 0C5.
We would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dunrovin Lodge for their wonderful care and compassion to our mother. She was so well taken care of by everyone. A special thank you to Dr. Andrew Sear who showed how much he really cared about my parents.
Donations can be made to Quesnel Hospice Palliative Care, 900 St. Laurent Avenue, Quesnel, B.C. V2J 3S3.
Rest in peace Mom. We love you dearly.