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Mary Kilford (Martin)

November 28, 1924 - August 17, 2016


It is with saddened hearts we announce the passing of Mary Kilford. Mom left us peacefully on August 17, 2016 at Mountain Lake Senior Community.

Mom, was born 91 years ago in Trail, BC to Virginio and Amabele Martin. She attended elementary and high school and was involved in school sports. She worked at the smelter (Teck) for a number of ears and was an active member of the first aid team, she also worked at the City Bakery which is where she must have learned her passion for baking.

She met the love of her life – Roy Kilford, and was married to him on February 14, 1948. Mary and Roy moved to Nelson to settle down and to raise a family. In the summers, Mary would take hers and the neighbours kids to Gyro and Lakeside parks for picnic lunches and to spend the day there. She also loved her flower and vegetable gardens, where you could find a grandchild or two grazing. Mom loved her houseplants and had an amazing green thumb for all different varieties. Another love was selling Avon Products for 45-50 years all around the Nelson are which she was almost always a member of the Presidents Club.

Mom love to bake pies, cookies, cakes and deserts. We all have our favorites, from apple charlottes, lemon meringue pie, flapper pie, crème de menthe desert, apple crisp, sour cream cookies, brownies, cherry loaf, the list is really endless.

In 1983 Mom and her brothers and sister made a trip to Valvasone, Udine, Italy to visit and get reacquainted with various aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mom was predeceased by her husband Roy, daughter Jean, brothers Sammy, Carlo, Rico, Archi, Verdun and sister Renee. Mom is survived by her son Stan (Fran) of Sparwood, her daughter Donna (Terry) of South Slocan, grandchildren Niki and Angus of Medicine Hat, Collin (April) of Sparwood, Shannon (Pat) of Sparwood, Bryce of South Slocan and Breanna of Leduc, Ab, great grand children Percy, Blake, Kaleb, Simon, Ocean, Bauer and Aiden.

Mom will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Thanks to the extended care staff and Dr. Janz at Mountain Lake for the care you have given to our mom over the past few months. Thanks for the guidance and support to her family. Thanks to Dr.’s McKay and Walker, and assistants Lorraine and Shelley at the Medical Associates Clinic for the years of care. Mom always appreciated your advice.

A celebration of life will be held at the Thompson Funeral Home, 613 Ward Street, Nelson BC on Monday, September 26th at 12:30pm.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Sherrill Paine
Relation: Friend

Mary and Roy were close to my parents, Ina and Wilson Paine for many years. I remember Mary coming to visit with her Avon books and having a cup of tea with Mom and in later years, many crib games between the four of them right up until the week both Roy and my father passed away. A year later my mom was gone too and then it was just Mary.

From: Ron /Agnes ABBOTT
Relation: Friends of son

Sending Symapthy and Condolances to all the Kilford family ,especially Stan and Fran ,, I met Mary a few times at their home here in Sparwood ,, a lovely lady , always there for a chat and a cuppa tea ,, Sleep well Sweet Mary and protect your family always 😇

From: Rosemary and Brian Burness
Relation: Family

We did not know Mary but from her beautiful biography and from the family she left on this earth, it is clear that she had a life well-lived. Our sympathies to Stan and his family

From: Amy/Todd Burness
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

We send our deepest sympathies and love to the Kilford family. The love of a grandmother is something to be held onto for life; grammas help shape our lives and the way we see the world. Yours will be truly missed.
Love the Burness’

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
September 26, 2016
Beginning at 12:30pm

Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

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