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DUNCAN, Mary Ellen

January 11, 1947 — May 4, 2023

With sadness, the family of Mary Ellen (Wylie) Duncan announce her death on May 4, 2023, in Kelowna, BC, where she had resided for more than 15 years.

Mary Ellen was born in Winnipeg, MB on January 11, 1947, and grew up in Summerside, PEI. Partner of the late Stephen Duncan, mother to Emma (Neil) Duncan, sister to Alice (Bryan) Harnois, Bob (Tanya) Wylie, and Alex (Gisele) Wylie, and aunt to three nieces and a grandnephew. Mary Ellen graduated from the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Nursing.

She will be missed by the many friends that she made wherever she went.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Kelowna Library (Okanagan Regional Library),  the Summerside Library, or your local library.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com

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Kelowna Library (Okanagan Regional Library), the Summerside Library, or your local library Link: orl.bc.ca




  • Valerie Maclean says:

    Mary Ellen attended the meetings of the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre Alumni. She enjoyed our lunch gatherings in Kelowna and will be missed by our group. A donation in her memory is being sent to the Kelowna Library.

  • Anna Hrazdira says:

    Mary Ellen, or M.E. As she was lovingly nicknamed, was such a wonderful, funny, kind friend and co-worker. Always there with words of wisdom or a joke, drained many tears. We will all remember her so fondly. Our condolences to you all.
    The ScotiaMcLeod Gang

  • Nancy King (Miller) says:

    My sympathies to Mary Ellen’s family. Back in 1971-72 we were roommates with 2 others, all nurses, in an apartment on Walmer Road in Toronto. Mary Ellen was so much fun and so easy to talk to. It was a great time. I know she will be missed.

  • Margaret Ogonowski says:

    I was very saddened to receive the news of MaryEllen’s passing. She was a great friend and classmate over many decades. Her quick wit and humour was always a pleasure to enjoy, whenever we met at reunions. We were all so happy to spend time with her at our gathering in Kelowna, May 2016, to celebrate 50 years since we entered nursing school. She will be dearly missed. My sincere condolences to Emma, her classmates and many friends. May she be pain free as her beautiful spirit meets other dear classmates and loved ones.
    Margaret Ogonowski,
    Class of 1969′, Winnipeg General Hospital.

  • Barb Tisdale (Povah) says:

    My condolences to MaryEllen’s family and close friends.
    I enjoyed reconnecting with ME at the Reunion of our class in Kelowna in 2016. We had a special connection then ,as she knew Bruce, my brother, who also lives in Kelowna. I was saddened to hear of her passing.
    In Sympathy Barb Tisdale ( Povah) Class of 69 WGH.

  • Elsie Millerd says:

    My condolences to the family of Mary Ellen on the loss of your precious mother, sister and aunt. May you and all her friends find comfort in the wonderful memories she created when with us. For me, that was through our times in the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing, class reunions and latterly, through Facebook and Messenger. Mary Ellen was always encouraging and positive even in times of struggle. She is an inspiration for us and I am thankful to have known her.
    Blessings to all.
    Elsie (Fryer) Millerd, Class of “69, WGH

  • Marian Ulyatt , Friendship Convener, WGH/HSC Nursing Alumni says:

    On behalf of our Nursing Alumni we extend our sincerest condolences to Mary Ellen’s family and friends.. Mary Ellen is remembered as a wonderful caring classmate and friend with a beautiful spirit.. She was sorely missed and remembered by her classmates during their Jubilee celebration this past May. .

  • Allana Robinson says:

    So saddened to hear of Mary Ellen’s passing. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. You will miss her very much but never forget her kind spirit and her great sense of fun. Allana Robinson class of ‘69

  • Judy Birch says:

    I was so sorry to hear that Mary Ellen had passed. She and I lived together in Toronto and travelled through Europe. Life happened and we went our separate ways. I fondly remember our time together, her sense of humour and natural warmth and kindness. I feel lucky that our paths crossed. Hopefully, in time, your sweet memories will fill the void of her passing.

  • Sheron Pickard (Stratychuk) says:

    Much too soon to lose a loved one, Emma, & friends! Those of us whose name was at end of alphabet had more contact in ’66 through ’69. at WGH. I admired ME’s spirit, confidence & sense of adventure. Sadly. distance & life separated many of us. Blessings, Sheron

  • Janet Scully says:

    MaryEllen was a lovely kind human being. She was a comfort to me as we shared the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. She had other illnesses that I knew about..I liked her very much.

  • Janie Marshall says:

    My sympathy to Mary Ellen’s family and friends. Mary Ellen had a wonderful sense of humour and was
    very kind; both qualities a prerequisite for a good nurse! I will remember her with fondness.

  • Bryan Scully says:

    A fond memory: The senior prom at Summerside High School, Summerside, PEI, June 1965. A double date with Mary Ellen and her date, and my date and me. Mary Ellen’s date had the car. The beach after the dance. Mary Ellen’s joie de vivre on that occasion and throughout our high school years is easily remembered. I hope I thanked her for having been a wonderful classmate in our class of 1965, SumHi. My condolences to the members of Mary Ellen’s family.

  • Kathleen Foster says:

    A wonderful cousin and great friend. Please see the message I wrote.

  • Kathleen Foster says:

    The Wylie cousins at the happy reunion for Hazel’s 100th birthday. So much fun and laughter.

    • Brenda Ziemer says:

      On behalf of my siblings, Ken Cunningham, Bill Cunningham, and Kare Mote we would like to extend our deepest condolences to Emma, and our cousins Alice, Bobby, and Alex. and families. We enjoyed catching up and laughing with Mary Ellen, the few times we all gathered for family celebrations . Rest in Peace ME💞

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