Mary Goodison

Mary Goodison

Mary Goodison, longtime resident of Sorrento, passed away in Shuswap Lake General Hospital, February 23rd, 2014, after a short illness. Mary was predeceased by her husband Harold, son Wayne, and grandson Nick Jones. She is survived by her daughters Leona Goodison (David Bodin), Vicky Jones (Michael Atwood), son Bob Goodison (Susan Goodison), grandchildren Fern Gore (Bob Gore), Jim Grieve (Nicole Grieve), Meghan Grieve, Rose Goodison, Jake Goodison, Liam Atwood, great grandchildren Daegan, Ivy and Alice Gore, her sisters Margaret Lindberg, Sue Jones and Helen Moen, and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was born in Wymark, Saskatchewan, May 23, 1927 to Helen and Abraham Thiessen, one of 14 children. She married Harold Goodison on May 25, 1953 while he was a soldier serving in the RCEME Corps. Until Harold’s retirement from the Army in 1962, they lived in Vancouver, Victoria, Chilliwack, and Vernon, before settling in Kelowna. In 1966 they moved to White Lake where they resided until shortly after Harold’s death in 1983.

Mary was an avid gardener, with a love of unusual and exotic plants and vegetables she shared with family, friends and neighbors. She also loved to bake and sew, and worked as an upholsterer for many years. Later on she began quilting and creating stuffed toys of her own design, which were frequent gifts to friends, family and local bazaars. Mary had a sharp sense of humor and was a voracious reader. She was hilarious, quirky, stubborn, independent, and amazing, and will be greatly missed.

A graveside service will be held at service at the Mt. Ida Cemetery, 2160 Foothill Rd., Salmon Arm at 11:00 am, Saturday, March 15th, 2014, with Jack Bowers the funeral celebrant. A reception and celebration of Mary’s life will follow at Mary’s home, 1237 Dunkirk Road, Sorrento, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary’s name to the charity of choice.

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Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.

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