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GILMURRAY, Mary Ellen (nee Boyle)

March 20, 1928 — June 1, 2014

Mary died peacefully in Kelowna, B.C. after a long illness.  She will be missed and remembered by her children Barbara (Mark), Carol (Bruce), Alex (Annette) and Raymond (Stephanie), as well as her grandchildren Sinead, Conor, Cailey, Garrett, Cavan, Ainsley, Caitlin and Sean.  Mary is survived by her brothers and sisters in Northern Ireland and Australia, and by numerous friends and family in Canada and Ireland.  She was predeceased by her husband George in 1996.

Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Parish, 839 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C.

Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Red Cross.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

Immaculate Conception Church

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The service for GILMURRAY, Mary Ellen (nee Boyle) is scheduled for Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11:00 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Immaculate Conception Church

839 Sutherland Avenue Kelowna, BC


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  • Diane Fraser says:

    sad to say goodbye to Mary . We had many years with her here in Sydney.

    • Janette Gillis says:

      I have great memories of Mary from our teaching days at MacLennan Jr. High. She always impressed me with her intelligence and wit. Condolences to the family.

  • Gordon Gillis and Family says:

    Please accept our condolences. How well I remember Mary and all the laughs we had on our drives to and from MacLennan Junior High. We thought of her often over the years since she left Cape Breton. She was a wonderful Lady.

  • Jessie O'Keefe says:

    So sad to read about Mary..I have such great memories of her and George and the children when they lived in Sydney.She and my husband Redmond, who passed away in July of 2012 were such good friends..My thoughts and prayers are with you all…Jessie

  • Frances MacNeil, Sydney NS says:

    I’m saddened to hear of Mary passing away. She was a good friend, and a great golf companion. I cherish the memories I have of the good times we shared together at Lingan Golf and Country Club. My condolences to the family.

  • Hayes and Elaine MacNeil says:

    Our sincere condolences on your loss. The last time we saw your mom, she and Edna Cusack came for a visit and it was a pleasure to reconnect and reminisce. Your mother was a “down-to-earth” lady with a great sense of humour. The pride of her life ( and of your father’s) was their four children. You are a wonderful reflection of their love and devotion.
    We are saddened to hear of her death.
    Hayes and Elaine

  • Vivian Shipper says:

    Played golf with Mary for several years at Mission Creek course in Kelowna, where she was a member. She was an amazing golfer into her early 80’s. She told me one time that she had taught herself to play golf at the age of 12, after her father had sold part of his farmland in Northern Ireland to a group that wanted to build a golf course on it. Since it was right in her back yard, she told me, she just found some golf clubs & “fiddled around” with them, teaching herself the game. And she taught herself very well!
    She was a beautiful, soft-spoken, & very kind lady. A gentle soul. She is missed.

  • Alice McLanders says:

    With sympathy to the Gilmurray family from Alice McLanders, Sydney, NS

  • Paula Mackie says:

    Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of Aunt Mary. My husband Sebastian Palazzo & I are currently travelling through Ireland and received the news from family that she had passed. Our thoughts are with the family today. Although we are unable to join you, we will take a minute today to stop into a church here to light a candle and say a prayer for Aunt Mary and the family. May she rest in peace.
    Paula Mackie & Sebastian Palazzo

  • Pam Stevens says:

    Alex,Annette and Gilmurray Family,
    I was saddened to read of your mother’s passing.She was a lovely lady and I always enjoyed playing golf with her and the interesting conversations we shared. May the wonderful memories you shared comfort you at this difficult time.
    Pam Stevens Johnston

  • Kate Dunn says:

    To all the extended Gilmurray clan, my condolences. She was an admirable woman and I’m sure she’ll be sadly missed. It’s amazing the roads each of you has travelled, literally and figuratively, and I’m sure you all made her proud.
    Kate Dunn (Barbara’s roomate at X)

  • Aggie MacIntyre says:

    I was sad to hear of dear Mary’s passing. Marty and I (Aggie) enjoyed playing cards with Mary and George for over 20 years in Cape Breton. Mary was a real lady ,fun loving and was respectful of others. She often talked about her life in Ireland.

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