After a valiant struggle with cancer, Mary Taylor, born in Edmonton, Alta. November 29, 1919, passed away May 20th, 2002 in Campbell River. Mary moved to Vancouver Island in the mid 1940’s and had a varied and interesting media career working in radio with CJAV, CKDA, CJVI, CFAX and Eaton’s Advertising Victoria. She was the North Island Correspondent for the Victoria Colonist, Nanaimo Free Press and Westerly News for many years through the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. She also worked as a freelance journalist for CBC Radio Indian Magazine and the Canadian Antiquer. Always willing to lend a helping hand, she was a constant source of amazing wit, humour and unconditional love. Predeceased by her parents Albert & Jessie Heller, her grandson, William Albert Freethy and her son-in-law Larry Gale Elford, she will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her devoted husband and best friend Phillip W. Taylor, her three daughters, Sharon Tardif (Glenn Miles) Campbell River, Susan Freethy (Bill), Port Alberni and Joan Elford, Campbell River as well as her eight grandchildren: Patti Ransom, Suzi Tardif (Roy), Lorri Britt (Jason), Deb Roberts (Mike), Corrine Freethy, Greg Freethy, Tonia Turner (George), Paul Lysne (Laureen) and 13 great-grandchildren and her sister Vera Binny. A celebration of Mary’s life will take place Saturday, May 25th at 2:30 P.M. at Campbell River United Church located at 415 Pinecrest, Campbell River.
Mary requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made toward a memorial bench for the Seawalk ” So elderly people will have a place to sit and rest, there are just never enough places for old people to sit!” Donations may be made at any TD Canada Trust Branch, In Trust to #0683-6209551.