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Mary James

Mary Evelyn James (Wood)

Monday, March 30, 2020
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Obituary

Mary Evelyn James (nee Wood) ~ Entered into rest peacefully on Monday March 30, 2020 at Ross Memorial Hospital following a brief yet courageous battle with lung cancer at the age of 98. Mary was predeceased by her loving husband Cecil. She is survived by her sisters Doreen McArthur (the late George) and Mae Lenchner (the late Gerald). She is predeceased by her sisters Margaret Hall, Martha Strickland (the late Victor), Audrey Fannin (survived by Paul) and her brother Harry (survived by Helen). Mary will be deeply missed by her many nieces and nephews living both locally and as distant as Vancouver, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and South Africa. After Mary retired from her position at Economical Mutual in Toronto she and she husband Cecil moved to their home near Bobcaygeon. She became interested in the art of Taoist Tai Chi, joining classes at every opportunity and eventually instructing in Bobcaygeon for some time. Mary always credited her ongoing development and practice in this art as her secret to longevity and great mobility. She was practising several times a week as recently as January. A beautiful, intelligent woman with grace in her heart who enjoyed spending time with family and friends, Mary felt that it wasn’t enough to just have lived. What was important was the contributions and differences we make to the lives of others. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. If desired memorial donations may be made to the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice online at www.mackeys.ca
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Frances Seymour

Posted at 02:39pm
Mary and Cecil lived for many years on Aylmer Avenue in Bobcaygeon. When we moved into the community Mary talked me into joining the Tai Chi group in Bobcaygeon and I have been doing that exercise ever since. Everyone in our neighbourhood and at Tai Chi who remembers Mary will miss her smile and kind ways. We have been friends for years now and we and our family will miss Mary very much but know that Cecil is so happy to see her again. Go with God, Mary and be at peace. With our love Fran and Ross Sunshine
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Don Macdonald

Posted at 07:59pm
You know, spending time with Mary was always a pleasure and delight. Going to check out a log chute, practising Tai Chi, enjoying dinner at Mary's place or enjoying having Mary and Doreen at our house for dinner, looking at the wolves, going for a drive, munching on delicious Indian food with Mary and friends, watching Mary have so much fun holding and playing with our baby granddaughter; there have been lots of times spent enjoying doing things with Mary. For this we are very grateful. We feel fortunate to have Mary be such a loving and well loved friend. She was kind and loving, curious and compassionate, intelligent and thoughtful. She loved spending time with her family and her friends.
Mary was a realist, a pragmatist and someone who constantly saw and exclaimed on the beauty she found all around. She saw very clearly with her eyes and her heart the beauty that exists in people and people just naturally responded to her. Mary has such a diverse group of friends that it is easy to see how many people's lives she influenced for the better. She certainly did so for us. She was an exceptional person. Mary lived her life with grace and kindness. Daily, her inner calm and peace and her loving heart shone out through her sparkling eyes and her warm smile. Mary was a rare combination of strength and quiet gentleness. Being with her, be it grocery shopping or walking in the woods always made us feel good. The world felt like a kinder, gentler, more loving and always beautiful place with Mary. Like so many others we are sad that she is gone. And we are so pleased and grateful for having had Mary in our lives. We miss her, of course. And at the same time we find ourselves feeling like Mary is right beside us. How wonderful that feeling is.
Eileen and Don Macdonald
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