Mary Patricia (nee. Sparrow) born in Calgary, Alberta on June 25, 1920, passed away May 13, 2008 at the age of 87 in Abbotsford. Patricia braved many courageous battles with personal and family illnesses during her life but always had a smile and words of kindness and love for everyone. Her faith was rock solid. She was an angel and all who knew her benefited from the experience.
Patricia will be missed by her sons Paul and Patrick (Diane), and her grandchildren Krista (Chris), Sara (Jared), Mark, and Michael. She is also survived by her beloved sister Barbara Schmeeckle (Duane), and her sisters-in-law Myleen Sparrow and Rae Sparrow all who reside in Calgary with their families. Patricia was pre-deceased by her son Peter (1994), husband Cyril (1999), and daughter Maureen (2006).
Patricia trained as a registered nurse in Calgary, moved to Victoria after WWII and married Cyril. They raised their family in Victoria before journeys to Calgary, North Vancouver, and finally to Abbotsford. She was very active in the Roman Catholic Church and was instrumental in the formation of the first St. Patrick’s Parish CWL in Victoria BC in the early 1950’s. She along with her husband Cyril were active in the early years of the BC Schizophrenic Society battling a disease that so affected their children.
Patricia loved God and her family, had a sweet tooth (especially marshmallows), loved reading Harlequin Romance novels, was a talented artist, enjoyed giving “grandma cookies” to her grandchildren, and was always a pillar of strength for her husband and children. Her mind was as sharp as a tack until the end, and she gladly went into the arms of Our Lord at 6:30 am on May 13. “No tears for me I have had a great life!”
A prayer service will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday May 20, and funeral service will be held on Wednesday May 21 at 10:00 a.m., both at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, 33333 Mayfair Ave., Abbotsford. A reception at St. Ann’s will follow the interment at Hazelwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the B.C. Schizophrenic Society would be greatly appreciated.
HENDERSON’S FUNERAL HOME