McClary Marjorie Alice. 1921 ~ 2012
Marj McClary of Abbotsford passed away peacefully in her sleep May 31, 2012 at Menno Home. Marj struggled bravely with deteriorating health for the past 2 years but continued to live in her home on Mill Lake and only moved to Menno Home a short 2 weeks before her passing. Marj was born Marjorie Alice Sandys on June 24, 1921 in Trenville, Alberta to William Sandys and Leah Heap, and in 1930 moved to Langley as a teenager with her mother, step- father and brother Bill. Marj taught school in the BC interior before meeting and marrying Art McClary in 1945. Marj and Art lived a very active life, balanced with business and pleasure. Although very involved with McClary Stockyards Marj would devote much of her time to family, tennis, swimming, biking and of course the blackberry picking season. Her life was full and satisfying. Marj was pre- deceased by her husband Art McClary, best friend and brother Bill Sandys and beloved niece Judy Mufford. Marj is survived by her children, Sheila Rushton (Abbotsford), Charlie McClary (Smithers) and Darcy McClary (North Vancouver) as well as 11 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. Marj pre-arranged for her remains to be donated for research at UBC. Her request and wishes were that no funeral or memorial be held in celebration of her life and that we retain our own personal memories. One of Marj’s quotes was “Regret is a wasted emotion” and she had none. Marj was a great and influential mother, grandmother and friend and we will all miss her.