Mary DUECK

In Loving Memory of MARY DUECK

September 23, 1912 – June 15, 2007

Mary Dueck (nee Hiebert) was born September 23, 1912 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. She was predeceased by Cornelius Dueck, her husband of 40 years, in 1970. She was also predeceased by her son Jacob in 1964, her only brother David, by her sisters Anna, Lena, Susanna, Katharina, Nellie, Alvina, Nettie, her grandson Martin Dueck, and by her great grandson Gordon Mayer. Mary was the third oldest child and outlived all her siblings.

Left to cherish Mary’s memory are her children, Lena Vina (Art) Mayer of Clearwater, BC, Clifford Roy (Dorothy) Dueck of Merritt, BC, Bonita (David) Taylor of Sardis, BC; grandchildren Douglas (Carol) Mayer of Revelstoke, BC, Roger (Debbie) Mayer of Clearwater, Wesley (Sandra) Mayer of Clearwater, Ronald (Judy) Dueck of Maple Ridge, BC, David Dueck of Merritt, BC, Marylee (Rick) Currie of Coquitlam, BC, Patricia (Glen) Rachel of North Vancouver, BC, Geoffrey (Lori) Dueck of Langley, BC and Darren (Karen) Taylor of Williams Lake, BC; plus twelve great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

At the age of 12 Mary was placed with a farmer to work as a mother’s helper, and never returned home again. She was married in 1930 to Cornelius Ginter Dueck, a carpenter. The depression years were difficult times, and in 1943 the family moved to British Columbia. In 1943, just six weeks after the birth of her last child, Mary went to work in the North Vancouver shipyards to support the family; her husband had become ill and was unable to work. Later, she worked in a lumber mill in Port Moody, when women were hired to replace the men who went to war. Also, she worked as a cook and as a waitress. In the 1960’s Mary worked for Quilchena Golf and Country Club in Richmond, BC; she was responsible for food services. As Cornelius was afflicted with poor health for many years, Mary continued as the main support for the family during this time. Mary enjoyed great health during her lifetime; she never endured surgery or a serious illness.

Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be sadly missed by all her grandchildren and by her great grandchildren. She always had a handmade gift for the children when they visited.

Mary was a hard worker who was not afraid to tackle anything. She will be remembered for her many handcrafts. Her hands were never idle. Mary will also be remembered for her kindness to others in need, and for her community work with the hospital auxiliary and cancer fund raising. After the death of her husband from cancer, Mary worked at fund raising for the cancer society. Many times, she was the oldest participant with the most pledges in the Terry Fox run.

A funeral service for Mary Dueck was held on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at the United Church in Clearwater, BC. Interment followed at the Riverview Cemetery in Clearwater. Lloyd Strickland, Minister, officiated.

Donations in Mary’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, 73 Taren Drive, Clearwater, BC, V0E 1N0, 250-674-3030.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Clearwater, BC, 250-674-3030.


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