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Mary Rose Leonard

September 20, 1944 ~ February 1, 2020 (age 75)


Mary Rose Leonard

     Peacefully on February 1st, 2020 with her family by her side, Mary Leonard, widow of the late Roy Leonard, passed away at the age of 75 years.

     Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Donna, grandchildren; Laurence Jr., Carleigh, Brittni, Danielle, Starley and Carlie, great-grandchildren; Hunter, Nevaeh, Rylee, Hayden and Kainen (to be born yet), along with her three sisters; Ida Gies, Teresa Payne, Ann (Randy) Jonsson.

     Those who went before her; husband Roy, daughter Kim Leonard, brothers; Billy, Syd, Charles and Jimmy.  Grandchildren and great-grandchildren gone home; grandchildren Khristina and Tommy, great-grandchildren; Damien, Kovu, Amber-Rayne. 

     Rose had been a hard worker and had been raised in foster care until the age of 18 years.  She married Roy Leonard on October 6th, 1962 and together raised two children, their daughters Donna and Kim (predeceased).  Roy passed away on June 15th, 1991 and Kim on December 13th, 1985. 

     On December 29th, 2012, Mary suffered her first stroke.  She was left with deficits for awhile, being told she would have to go into a care home which was something Donna refused to accept.  Mary came home and started a hybrid approach to rehab with her daughter who became her caregiver.  After only either months she regained her ability to knit and crochet again.  Mary lived at home until 4 days before she had massive stroke that ultimately took her life. 

     Mary achieved so much in her time here with us.  She may have lost some capacities, but she certainly made up for it with her unconditional love for everyone she met.  She loved going to the Concerts in the Park every Thursday during the summer.  She very much enjoyed the music, especially Paul Sheperd, the Sharpe Sisters and Johnny Dietrich. 

     She loved her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren were her greatest joy.  It saddened her that she wouldn’t be here to meet her newest great-grandchild to yet be born.  (As she mentioned to Dani on the way out the door into the ambulance.)  Mary had a sense of humour and when admitted to the hospital she was asked by the staff if she knew who the President of the United States was and she said why yes, Tim Horton. 

       A celebration of her life will be held on her birthday, September 20th, 2020 at the Island Park.  Everyone is welcome to join a potluck celebration of Mary’s life.  Share some stories about our mom with family and friends where we can all get together and swap squirrel stories and bingo snacks. 

     The lesson she taught us all “unconditional love – no matter what”.  

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