Mary Veronica Newcomb

Mary Veronica Newcomb, passed away peacefully at Hospice House in Vernon on April 26, 2011. She was predeceased by her husband Ken (1971) and by her long time companion, Charlie French (2008); also by her younger son Gerald (August 2010).

She is survived by her son Ken (Betty) in Duncan B.C., grandsons Reagan, Corey (Haru), Andrew, Quinn (mother Suzanne), and great granddaughter, Elise. Also by Gerald’s wife Marilyn (son Mark), several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, cousins, and the French and Rathjen families in Kelowna and Victoria. Mary was born in Vernon on May 8, 1922, the youngest and last remaining of nine children, of Anna and Nicholas Reiser. She met her husband at the commencement of World War II and was married New Year’s Eve 1941. In her early years she worked with her mother in Bulman’s Cannery, then in fruit packing plants, retail, and Canada Post, retiring at age 60. She had been an active member of Vernon Pythian Temple for 50 years and she valued friendships developed there. She continued home canning and driving her red Toyota until very recently. She spoke fondly of her many friends, weekly evening get togethers playing Rummoli and other games, and birthday celebrations with the “girls” and family.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2011 at St. James Catholic Church (2607 – 27 Street, Vernon). Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via email:

Arrangements entrusted to

Personal Alternative Funeral Services

Vernon 250-558-0866 &

Armstrong 250-546-7237

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