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October 15, 1923 ~ August 19, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Mary (Smith) Carruthers.

Mary settled alongside Kootenay Lake with her husband Bruce Smith in 1978. She embraced her new life in the community and over time became involved in the St. Anselm’s Church choir. Her skill as an organist and delight in sharing her musical knowledge kept her active in the musical community for all her remaining years. As well, Mary was actively involved with Trinity United Church and Christ Church in Creston.

Mary would been seen driving her ‘silver bullet’ to various functions, graciously adding her musical expertise and pleasure to every event.

Her husband, Bruce, passed in 1992, and later, in 1999, Mary married Alex (Alec) Carruthers of Creston, sharing her life with him in his Creston home and on Kootenay Lake. After Alec’s passing in 2005, Mary continued her Kootenay Lake living, always happy to see her many friends and maintaining her great delight in the choir and her organ-playing duties.

In August 2014, Mary went to Calgary to recover from a back injury. This move was always deemed temporary, as she had great plans to get back to “God’s greatest place on earth” and resume her life in the Kootenays.

Unfortunately, this was not to be her path, and Mary passed peacefully in Calgary on August 19, 2014, her humour and graciousness fully intact. Her impact on family and friends will never be forgotten.

Mary is survived by sons Bruce and Ross; daughter Bonnie; daughters in-law Deborah and Jackie; grandchildren Brooke (Steve), Ivan (Ashley), Laurel (Nick), Garett and Shayla; and great-grandchildren
Tyson, Raven, Silvan, Loch, Phoenix and Ocean.

A Service and Memorial will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Anselm’s Church, Boswell, BC followed by a luncheon at 2:00 p.m. at Boswell Hall. In lieu of flowers, please support your local choir or musical organization in your community.
Her love and gift of music is her legacy.

We miss you Mom and will have you in our hearts forever.

In living memory of Mary Smith-Carruthers, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Catherine McKenna :

    Thanks for letting me be part of your moms story. Incredibly nice and strong woman. An inspiration to all of us.

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  2. Lorraine McGrath :

    We have been worried and wondering for weeks trying to reach Mary. I was just in Calgary just prior to her passing and was trying to make contact to arrange a visit. Karen left messages….all of us would have cherished the opportunity to visit her and attend the memorial.
    We are so sad for your loss… Mary was very special person. She brought much richness to our family and our father. She was the only grandmother my children every knew. We are so very sorry to learn of her passing through a google search as a last resort.
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you.

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  3. Karen & Ed Kantor :

    I am heartbroken to hear this news. Mary was a strong, vital woman who meant the world to me and I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to chat with her one last time. She made my Dad’s last years memorable and worthwhile and they enjoyed their many experiences. They always had a great story to tell with lots of laughter and love. She even learned to play bridge to be part of his world. Mary never stopped going whether it be choir practices, tending her plants, or visiting with friends and neighbors. She always had a song in her heart and transmitted that joy to others.
    She will be missed. Karen (Carruthers) Kantor

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