Mary Northcott BRISTER


Mary Northcott

Born in Nanaimo, BC, October 29, 1909, passed away July 31, 2002 at Dufferin Place, Nanaimo.

Mary completed Normal School with Honors in Victoria in 1930 and began her teaching career in Galley Bay, BC.

Mary and her family moved to Ladysmith with Comox Logging Company in 1937. Mary did substitute teaching in Ladysmith, but it was her memories of teaching piano that was near to her heart. Many of her students received recognition and awards, but the highlight each year for her was the annual recital for the families to hear what the students had achieved. Mary was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star, Sharon Chapter #4; she was their organist for years. On Remembrance Day, she could be found at the Legion, playing the piano, taking requests from the Veterans and all to enjoy. The Chronicle used Mary as an indicator for seasonal change, when you saw her with her mink ear muffs on, winter was near.

Mary was a fixture at Barb’s Kitchen where she would go daily for her cup of coffee and to chat to anyone that stopped by.

Until her health deteriorated, she could be seen going up town with her cart waving to all who honked or said hi.

Mary was predeceased by her husband Ross, daughter Mary Ann, sister Madeline and brother John. She is survived by her son-in-law Tom, grandson Ross, his wife Melanie; great grandson James, one nephew and many friends in Ladysmith.

Mary specifically requested no service, in lieu of floral tributes, donations to the:

British Columbia Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 1600-1130 West Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4A4 in her name is requested.

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