Mary Sherwood

Mary died on December 6th, 2005 in her 94th year. She had lived courageously with Parkinsons Disease for 20 years. The date on which she died coincided with the wedding anniversary of daughter Penny and son-in-law Chris Bayne. Mary grew up in England and pursued a career in nursing. She gained certificates as a Registered Fever Nurse, a State Registered Nurse, graduating at the top of her class. She then trained to become a State Certified Midwife. She practiced as a district nurse midwife in Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire from 1942-1957. Mary lost her first husband, Ivor Thomas, in February 1943 in a plane crash over Sicily. She met John Sherwood after WW11 ended and they married in 1949. John and Mary retired to Canada in order to live nearer their grandchildren Alexandra and James, and his wife Tonya, and great-grandson Braden. They enjoyed a very active retirement. Mary sang in various choirs including the Anglican Church Choir, Okanagan Symphony Choir, Scott Singers and of late, the Halina Choir. She was a member of the Powerhouse Theatrical Society, Naturalists Club and the Vernon Lawn Bowling Club. She loved her family, enjoyed all homemaking skills and especially enjoyed her garden, picking, selling and freezing raspberries. Mary’s brother, Peter Bayne and wife Margaret, reside with their son Michael in Ashford, Kent. Her niece, Nicola and husband Bill Nokes and their son Samuel, reside in Waltham Abbey. Other family members also reside in the U.K. A Remembrance Service for Mary will be held on December 19th, 2005, at 4:00 p.m. at All Saints’ Anglican Church, 3205-27th Street, Vernon. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Mary, may wish to donate to one of the following organizations: BC Interior Parkinsons Support Group, c/o Dr. Curran, Suite 100, 2917 – 28th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 8L1, Canadian Harambee Education Society, 446 Kelly Street, New Westminster, BC, V3L 3T9, or All Saints’ Anglican Church, 3205-27th St. Vernon, BC V1T 4W8. The family wishes to thank the following people for their friendship, care, love and compassion shown to Mary: Reverend Jane Bourcet, Doctors Curran and Charlton, Staff of EDR, 3 East, Alexander Wing of Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Linda Racine, Community Care Occupational and Physiotherapists, Raegan Russell and staff of Carrington Place and her special friend, Christine Charter-Smith who enabled her to live at her home on Silver Star Road until last year.

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