Mary Bell-Irving

Mary Marjorie Bell-Irving

Saturday, February 18th, 1922 - Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
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Mary Bell-Irving (nee McDonald) passed away peacefully on March 11, 2020 at the grand age of 98. Mary was the only child of General Harold McDonald and Marjorie McDonald (Gilmour). She had a delightful childhood in Banff, trail riding, skiing, attending the Mountain School, and then went on to Branksome Hall and McGill. She met her beloved Gordon in Vancouver and they were devoted to each other for 49 years of marriage. They moved frequently with RCAF postings, and Mary brought grace everywhere she went. In the 1960’s Mary worked in social services for the Children’s Aid Society and Lions Gate Hospital. She loved the outdoors and simple living at Pasley Island and, after Gordon’s death in 1991, in D’Arcy near Whistler. Mary brought love, joy and whimsical humour to everyone. She will be dearly missed by her children Ginnie (Harold), Duncan (Ann) and Susanna (Laurence), grandchildren Chris (Rhonda), Sarah (Mike), John (Tara), Angus, Sam and Julia, great-grandchildren Tristan, Bowen, Sydney and step-grandchildren Joe, Austin and Logan. She was pre-deceased by her step-grandson David McInnes. Thanks to the staff at Evergreen 2N for their exceptional TLC and to her caregiver/friend Shohreh Rastin for her many kindnesses. Mary’s ashes will be interred in the Old Cemetery in Banff. A celebration will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Covenant House or Lions Gate Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.
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Annette Wilson Blair

Posted at 08:38pm
I can still hear Auntie Mare's voice lifting as she ended a sentence with, "You know?" There was always a twinkle in her eyes that was never extinguished. Her manner was slow, and deliberate, quiet and gentle; tea would come on a tray and the world would slow, allowing relaxation to seep in all around us. She seemed immune to the hustle of the outside world. It was one of her many gifts! Rest in peace dear Auntie Mare! Love Annette

Liz Ross

Posted at 02:19pm
I have such happy memories of Little East and her wonderful warm and gentle presence, always welcoming. My deepest sympathy to you all, it's been many years but feels like yesterday...xo LIz Cadman (Ross)

Annette Wilson Blair

Posted at 10:09am
Dear Auntie Mare, May she Rest In Peace! She was always had the essence of peace and gentleness that floated around her like an aura. She had a ready smile that lit up the room no matter where she was. She exuded warmth and gentle quiet with a twinkle in her eyes.
Annette Wilson

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