Irene “Mary” Kersey

January 11, 1923 October 1, 2014

Was born in London, England. At the age of 3, Mary came to Canada with her parents to homestead in the town of Eston, Saskatchewan where Mary and siblings Frank and Sid Sheasby grew up on the family farm. After finishing her schooling, Mary moved west and met Vernon (Vern) Wellington Kersey. They were married in 1944 and resided in Ocean Falls working at the local pulp mill. Not long after a house fire destroyed most of their belongings, the determined couple moved to Campbell River in 1952 where they worked at the Elk Falls Pulp Mill. Mary, worked in the accounting department. They built their home near the Big Rock, on the waterfront. They lived there for many years after their retirement, enjoying the view and tending to their garden. After 63 years of marriage Vern passed away. Mary sold their home and moved into Ironwood Place where she enjoyed meeting new people and taking walking adventures through downtown Campbell River, reporting back with an occasional letter to the local newspapers.

Mary was always busy with various local organizations, like the Campbell River Curling Club, the Happy Wanderers, the Raging Grannies, the Willow Point Old Age Pensioners and the Lighthouse Circle in Willow Point.

Mary was loved by all who knew her. She had a sharp mind, a quick wit and a big heart. She was generous to her extended family and friends in need, as well to the local SPCA.

With declining health, Mary spent her last year and a half at the New Horizons care facility. The family would like to thank the staff for their kindness and care during her time there.

Mary is survived by her brother Frank (Grace) Sheasby, 8 nephews and nieces and their families.

There will be no service. In memory of Mary, donations to the Campbell River Hospital Foundation, Mary’s favourite charity, would be appreciated.


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