Mary peacefully left this life on November 14, 2003, at the age of 101. Her family and friends mourn her passing and cherish their loving memories of her. Mary lived a full, rich life and took great pride and pleasure in her strong ties to her family. Mary was at her happiest during times of celebration when surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their families.
Mary’s love of life and sense of adventure brought her as a young woman from her home in Scotland to build a life in Canada. On a ship’s voyage home to visit her family on Islay, Mary met her husband John McGougan, with whom she enjoyed a long and loving marriage until his death in 1992.
Daughter Anne Coleman and her family, and son John McGougan and his family all grew up knowing that Mary’s love for them was steadfast and devoted. Her kindness, humour and wisdom made her many friends, and helped her in her lifework with the Presbyterian Church and the Eastern Star, Royal City Chapter #7 and White Rock Chapter #60. One of her proudest moments was having a life membership in Royal City Chapter #7 bestowed upon her.
It is proof of a life well lived that, among many others, Mary had such wonderful friends as Jean and Steve Solvasen, May Coyle and Elsie Arsenault, who meant so much to her. Mary loved company and she loved a laugh, and her many dear friends provided her with both right to the last.
Mary’s family would like to give special thanks to Shirley and Margaret for their care and kindness, and to Dr. Mharie Narod, Dr. Niamh Darby, and the staff at the Weatherby Pavilion, third floor.
Flowers are gratefully declined, but donations may be made in Mary’s name to the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, or to a charity of choice. A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Presbyterian Church at 1480 George Street, White Rock, on Friday, December 5, at 2:30 p.m.