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Mary Elizabeth McMurray ( Vance)

November 25, 1946 - November 22, 2017


Mary Elizabeth McMurray (Vance)

November 25, 1946 – November 22, 2017

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of a beautiful soul.  Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Wife, Aunt and Friend.

Mary passed away in a peaceful state Wednesday November 22nd after a brief but courageous battle with Cancer.  Mary is survived by her husband Ron, Sisters – Marg Rosling (Don), Judy Stewart, Corrine Scheldrup (Don), Brothers – Bob Vance (Sharon), Oly Manderscheid.  Children – Cindy (Robert), Donnie (Gayle), Marcie, and grandchildren Violet, Diego, Georgina, Jaden, Brodie, Ruby, and Josh.  She is predeceased by her Parents Lavern (Vern) Vance & Edna Mae (Teddy) Vance and Sister Lavern Manderscheid.

Mary moved to Nelson shortly after being born in Trail, BC in 1946.  It was there that she grew most of her roots prior to attending private school at Crofton House in Vancouver from 1962-1965.  After brief stays in Ladner, Summerland, Prince George, Castlegar, Golden & Williams Lake she returned to Nelson to raise her family from 1977-2005.  She took much pride in her professional life where she worked 5 years with Rosling Mermit Homes and then spent 23 years at the Nelson & District Credit Union where she retired in 2005.  She cherished the many relationships that she was able to create throughout those years.  Shortly after retirement, she moved to Vancouver to be closer to her family.  She seemed happiest spending time with her children and grandchildren and was a huge influence in each of their lives.  Mary always saw the brighter sides to life and had a unique ability to make everyone she knew feel comfortable and confident in who they were.

The family would like to express a heart felt thank you to the wonderful and caring staff at the North Shore Hospice in North Vancouver as well as Dr. Edmunds.

To honour her request, the family will be having a small private celebration of life in her name.  In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the North Shore Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Agency.


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From: Pauline Edington
Relation: Sister in law

Ron, Cindy, Donny and Marcie.I will remember Mary’s smile. Her great love of her family and especially her joy of being a Grandmother.
I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven has another great one.
Sending love Pauline

From: Jeremy
Relation: longtime friend

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. As long as I can remember your mom was your biggest cheer leader. I don’t think she ever missed a soccer game or volleyball match. She was such a kind and gentle woman who made everyone feel so good. I see this in you so much Donnie. May her spirit live on through you and all Mary’s grand kids. Such a big loss….. big hugs Don, Marc, and Ron.

From: Holly Hufty Colebank

I remember Mary from school and also the Credit Union in Nelson. Mary was beautiful inside and out. I am sad to hear of her passing. RIP Mary.

From: jack heighton
Relation: She was a dear friend

We will miss your smile Mary. Our hearts go out to all your family . love Jack and Sharry

From: Karen Ringrose
Relation: Neighbour on Greenwood Rd. Nelson. Co-worker of Ron's at Palm Dairies/Dairyland.

A beautiful lady, inside and out. Glad Mary had many enjoyable years with her grandkids. Karen & Joe

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