We regret to announce the passing of a dear wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mary Elsie Vachon who died after a brave 5 year struggle with deteriorating health. Born to William and Wilhelmina Dawson on December 23, 1919 in Maymont Saskatchewan and passed away in Gateby Complex Care, Vernon, B.C. on august 4, 2007 at the age of 87 years. Mary was the last of her generation of Dawson’s. Predeceased by her parents, 2 sisters and 3 brothers, also her best friend Olive LeDuke. Mary was the first nurse at the Vanderhoof Hospital in 1941. This was where she met the love of her life, Jake. She married Jake in Red Deer, Alberta, where he was stationed in the Canadian Army. Dad liked to tell people that he went on a 4 year honeymoon by himself when he was shipped overseas. Mary settled into her role of wife and mother of 6 before returning to geriatric nursing, retiring from VGH at age 65. Up until she had a stroke 5 years ago, Mary loved to read, listen to music and watch baseball and hockey on television. She had a great ksense of humor and a sharp memory. Mary was a member of the Catholic Women’s League for over 50 years. Mary and Jake loved to travel and had many wonderful trips together, whether it was a visit to family or just exploring on their own. Mom always did the best she could for her large family and she will be dearly missed. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 65 years, Jean, “Jake”, daughter Maureen (Joerg) Glaus, 5 sons, René (Merle), Leslie (Dorothy), Gerry (Louisa), Bill (Linda), Lance (Beth), 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the staff of Gateby 3rd Floor and to Marilyn Marcioux for their faithfulness to Mom and Dad during her long illness. Prayers for the late Mary Vachon were held at St. James Catholic Church on Thursday, August 9, 2007 followed by Funeral Mass at St. James Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 10, 2007 with The Reverend Father Richard Hanacziewski, Celebrant. Following the service, a tea will be held at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mary Vachon may be sent to Gateby Complex Care, 3500 – 31st Avenue, Vernon, B. C. V1T 2G5 would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements have been entrusted to




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