Mary Emde (Twizell)
Mary Emde (nee Twizell) passed away peacefully in Campbell River only two days short of her 94th birthday.
Born in Brighton, England in 1917, to Robert and Jenny Twizell (Saunders), Mary came to Canada two years later when her parents immigrated and settled in northern Saskatchewan. The oldest of five children, she took responsibility at the age of twelve for her brothers James, John, and Howard and her sisters, Gladys and Jean, when their mother passed away in 1929.
In 1950, the family moved from Garrick to Campbell River. Her first husband Frank Emde, died in a mining accident in 1953, and her second husband, Howard McAuley, passed away in 1974. Mary is survived by her children: Ron (Helen), Wayne (Joan), Marlene (Norm) and Valerie (Murray); grandchildren Eugene, Melanie, Jason, Curtis, Alison, Kim, Kelly, Brad and Lisa, and great grandchildren Amanda, Raymond, Justin, Chelsea, Stephanie, Drew, Kai, Mara, Joe, Hannah, Kylie, and Hayden.
We will long remember mum for many things: her gardening skills, her shelves of home-canned fruits and jams, her homemade bread and buns, her curling stories, her love of crib and puzzles and her always-full jar of peppermints; but most of all we will remember her for her strength, her determination, her selfless generosity and her pride in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Christmas was always celebrated at mum’s place for our extended family and friends and there was always room for another chair at the table. She was the solid centre the entire family revolved around and she will be missed.
The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at New Horizons for their professional and personal care of mum during the three and a half years she was a resident there.
Funeral services will be held at Sutton Funeral Home in Campbell River on November 26 at 1:00 pm. A reception will follow.