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Mary Lucy Ferraro

October 24, 1927 - October 18, 2019


Mom was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia on October 24, 1927, followed a few years after by her brother Gus. At the age of 16 mom headed west, arriving in Montreal at the height of WW II, working as a waitress in the restaurant at the main train station. By all accounts mom had a great time there, fighting off the amorous advances of a series of different servicemen (and their monkeys, but that’s a different story…). Mom then followed Gus out to Nelson. One day Gus was walking down Baker street with Mel Ferraro, his co-worker from the CPR. Mel mentioned his appreciation of the legs of the woman in front of them, and when Uncle Gus told dad that was his sister, Mel immediately made his move! Mom soon succumbed to dad’s charm, and they married on September 4, 1948.

Mom and dad made an incredible team – mom was known for her thriftiness and skill at making every penny of dad’s hard-earned dollar go its furthest. She used to proudly show us the deals she discovered at each trip to the grocery store, from unlabelled mystery tins of whatever to (still a family legend) large packages of marked down ‘fish trim.’ Whatever it was, mom used it (along with the bounty from dad’s backyard garden) to produce one delicious meal after another. Mom and dad’s individual gifts and strengths combined to make a loving, supportive environment and the team stayed together until dad’s passing December of 2017.

Mom was also a life-long learner, and one of her earliest regrets was not having the chance to graduate from high school in Glace Bay. She rectified this when, in her mid-50’s, she returned to school to complete her high school equivalency. She didn’t stop there though, going on to slowly complete enough courses to earn a degree from the University of Victoria. We all have memories of mom, surrounded by books at the kitchen table, happily typing away on her latest paper late into the evening. Dad was completely supportive of mom’s academic pursuits, although there were evenings when he would nervously come out and start pacing the kitchen when it looked like supper was going to be late.

Mom’s health began to decline over the last few months, and after a two week stay in Kootenay Lake Hospital, she passed away peaceful in the early morning hours of October 18, 2019. The family would like to pass on their appreciation to Dr. Mieski and all of the third-floor nursing staff for their dignified and compassionate care of mom.

A Memorial Service will be held for mom sometime next Spring. Mom is survived by children Boni, Jack (Janice), Monte (Allison), grandchildren Luke (Angela), Marie, Cassandra, Ben, great-grandchildren Noah and Jackson, brother Gus, and half sisters Florence and Ann. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.


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From: Barbara Lovelace
Relation: friend

I’m so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was kind and loving. I have many lovely memories of long chats and cups of tea. My condolences to her family.

From: carl jorgensen
Relation: next-door neighbour

I have many good memories of your mom. She was great.

From: Mary Jean Searle
Relation: cousin

Boni, Jack, Monte and Families,
We were so sorry to learn of your sweet moms passing . We have great memories of times spent with both your loving parents at family reunions at Christina Lake. To each of you and your families our sincere condolences and love. Mary Jean and Peter, Don and Donna, Dave and Cathy

From: Mike Chapman
Relation: Friend

Monte and Jack:

I just learned of your mom’s passing away,and want to send you my heartfelt condolences. Both your mom and dad were full of warm smiles and animated greetings whenever I ran into them over the years. It was always a treat to see them.

For sure they lived full lives, but I know their being gone leaves big gaps nonetheless. I’ll think of you.

Warm regards and condolences to Janice and Allison as well.

From: Mathilde Klassen
Relation: A friend.

You know, more than anyone else, how wonderful a person your mother was, but I want to add my word to it all. I live in Lake View Village where your Mom and Dad lived for the last while. I did not know your Dad but I know it was difficult for your Mom when he passed away. It was always a pleasure to meet your Mom in the hallways or the elevator or at dinner. Always so pleasant and true to her self. We were friends though never lived as so-to-speak friends, which speaks for her friendliness and sincerity. Way back in years when we were both friends of Joey MacDonell, I knew then how kindly and helpful Mary was toward Joey. She helped her more than anyone knew. So, so kind she was, spreading the love of God/Jesus. She was so very pleasant! I loved her and I miss her very much around here. She is one who filled her life with love for others. Now, God has welcomed her in His love.

From: Anne Massey
Relation: She was a neighbour and friend.

Dear Boni, Jack, and Monte,
I just recently heard the news of your Mother’s passing. I had been thinking of her recently, having not been to Nelson for over a year, and wondering how she was doing. As a member of Fairview United Church, the Ferraro family was always a big presence for me.
Whenever I would come back to Nelson, I made it a priority to visit Mel and Mary because they always were so welcoming and happy to see me. I remember when Mary was working on her degree and I was amazed at how hard she worked and how important it was to her.
She was so proud of all her children and proudly shared news of each of you when I visited.
I learned about fresh asparagus by having some from her garden. Before that, I knew asparagus as only as the yellow green stuff that came out of a can. What a wonderful discovery!
It was very hard for her to move from her house to Lakeview Village when Mel had his stroke, but she soldiered on. I will always remember her fondly and my thoughts are with you and all your families at this time.

From: Brenda Mccormick

Sending condolences to Mary’s family. Mary was one of the kindest people . When I met her from time to time she always put a smile on my face with her beautiful caring way. I picture her and Mel sitting side by side smiling away. 🌹

From: Edie Parker
Relation: Friend

Your parents were lovely people. I am so glad I met them. Sorry for your loss.

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