Mom passed away peacefully at the Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, B.C. on January 8, 2008, her loving family by her side.
She will be warmly remembered by her children – Hugh (Helen) Fraser of Louis Creek, B.C., Linda (Phil) D’Entremont of Barriere, B.C., Dan (Joyan) Fraser, Shane Fraser, Sandra Fraser (Mourad Bichari) all of Kamloops, B.C.
Grandma Fraser will also be fondly remembered by her 15 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and her many nieces and nephews.
Her memory will be cherished by her surviving sisters – Helen Mosdell of Adams Lake, B.C. and Ann MacDonald, her brother Charles (Irene) MacDonald and sister in law Alma MacDonald all of Inverness, Scotland and sisters and brothers in law Alice (Alan) MacDougall and Aileen (Adrian) Morneau all of Chase, B.C.
Mom was predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years – Donald P. Fraser and her brothers Bill, Hugh and Simon MacDonald.
Mom was born on April 26, 1922 in Inverness, Scotland, the eldest of seven children born to Hugh and Jessie MacDonald. Mom was an outstanding student in school and had fond memories of her early years in Scotland. She grew up at the old “Inshes Smithy”. Her father passed away on May 4, 1939 at the onset of WW11 and at the age of 17 Mom went to work to help her mother raise the family. She learned what it was like for a family to work together to get through hard times.
Mom met the “love of her life”, Don, in 1941 in Scotland and they were married on December 7, 1945. She came to Canada as a war bride in 1946 and began her married life living in Birch Island, Blue River, Barriere and Kamloops. Since 1964 she and Don lived and ranched in the Squam Bay valley at Louis Creek.
As a full time homemaker, Mom dedicated her life to the care and welfare of her family. She will forever be remembered for her kindness, compassion, graciousness and her warm embrace! Her door was always open to all – she was quick with “a cup of tea” and known by family and friends as the world’s best cook! She was an inspiration and fantastic role model for all who knew her.
Mom had a marvellous singing voice. She won competitions for her Gaelic & English singing in her youth, and sang for family and friends throughout the years.
Mom has left us now – she is at rest – but she will always be in our hearts and we are truly blessed to have had her as a mother, grandmother, and friend and now as our guardian angel through time eternal.
The family extends a special heart-felt thanks for their exceptional help in caring for Mom, to Dr. Ben Anders, the nurses and doctors at the Royal Inland Hospital Recovery Room and to Linda Maureen Fraser.
The Reverend Father Nicholas Forde will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 121 Shuswap Road, Chase.
Interment will follow at the Chase Cemetery.
Should friends desire, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Unit 111, 450 Lansdowne Street, Kamloops, B.C. V2C 1Y3 would be appreciated in memory of Mary.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com
Service arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, telephone 374 – 1454.