We Remember

GYLES, Mary E.

September 6, 1930 — October 10, 2023

Mary Gyles passed away peacefully with her family at her side on October 10, 2023, in Kelowna, BC, at the age of 93.

Mary Elizabeth Gyles (née McRuvie) was born in Hafford, Saskatchewan on September 6, 1930. She then moved to Saskatoon, SK as a young girl and attended Bedford Road Collegiate, where she met many lifelong friends. She married Ted Gyles, and they moved to Brandon, MB, where they started their family. The next stop was Regina, SK, where they raised their 4 children and spent the majority of their lives.

Mary was very active in the All Saints Anglican Church in Regina, for 35 years. She then moved to St. Pauls Church, where she assisted with the Columbarium duties. Mary volunteered with many organizations such as UNICEF, where she worked for 15 years; the Church Mouse for 10 years; baking and supplying different foods while working in the church kitchens and working at Wascana Rehabilitation centre with activity groups. She also received a certificate for donating blood. Mary and Ted participated in a number of student exchange programs through the Eastview Rotary Club, offering their home to teenagers from many different parts of the world for a year at a time. All while she was also looking after her own mother and grandchildren. Her best memories were caring for her grandchildren Michael and Cameron Clark. Mary was a gourmet cook and always surprised us with wonderful meals. They had many dinner parties with their old friends, who all loved eating wild game, which she loved to cook.

Mary and Ted had 4 children, Lizanne (Bob Clark), Laura Gyles, Ellen Gyles-Scott (Glenn Scott), and Mark Gyles (Heather). She had 3 grandchildren, Michael and Cameron Clark (Lizanne and Bob Clark) and Madison Levesconte (Mark Gyles), and 1 great-grandchild, Kovian Thompson (Cameron Clark).

Mary moved to Kelowna in 2016, where she lived with her daughter (Lizanne Clark and husband Bob Clark) for 2 years before moving into the Okanagan Chateau, where she spent her remaining years.

We would like to thank the community health care team with interior health for their support in helping mom daily and the staff at Okanagan Chateau. Without them, it would have been impossible for her additional years with us.

Mary was predeceased by her husband Ted; her younger brother, David McRuvie; as well as her mother, Madge Rae; and her husbands, William McRuvie and Vic Rae.

Mary had a long life with loving children and grandchildren at her side. We will miss her.

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