February 4, 2021
Mary Sweeney (nee Sainas) passed peacefully from this world into the presence of the Lord on February 4, 2021 joining her husband of 65 years, Ron Sweeney, who died in 2015. Her love, dedication and humour will be greatly missed by her 7 children, Ron (Bev), George (Cheryl), Mark (Janet), Kerry (Martin), Dan (Lana), Kas (Dale, deceased), and Mag (Takashi), 29 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and countless extended family members and friends.
Mary was born in Kamloops on June 18, 1926, the youngest of 6 children in a Greek immigrant family. When she was 12 they moved to Vancouver where she excelled in academics and graduated from UBC with a degree in Commerce. She married her childhood sweetheart in 1950 and they moved to Abbotsford.
Mary had an active faith in God. While her first priority was her family, she served her church community, St. Ann’s, as a faithful member of the Catholic Women’s League, and cared for the needy through the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She was passionately pro-life and with two friends she was a founding member of Abbotsford Birthright. When her children were grown, she began a second career in substitute teaching.
Mary was a lifetime member of Ledgeview Golf Club and was an avid promoter of the beauty of her beloved course. Her 5 holes-in-one were legendary.
Mary loved music and for many years, along with her husband, was a great encourager and part-time alto with the Sweeney Singers.
Mary had an unlimited capacity for love – always willing to listen, share a joke, a compliment or encouraging words with those she knew well or those whom she had just met. Many saw her as their adopted mother or grandmother.
Her final year was spent at Menno Home. Her joy, sense of humour and strong faith were appreciated by residents and staff alike. The family would like to thank Menno Home for the love and care they showed her in her final days.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Church.Obituary
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