Edna “Mary” Mann
Mary was born November 10, 1921 in Hull, Yorkshire, England to George & Alice Hanson. She passed away peacefully at the EK Regional Hospital on January 10, 2016 at the lovely age of 94.
Mary began a 43 year career at Harland Printers at the age of 14. She worked her way up from the factory floor to Head Cashier and took much pride in her employment there. Mary was a member of a local cycling club and toured much of northern England and parts of Scotland by bicycle. In her mother’s later years Mary looked after her at their home until her mother’s death at the age of 91.
Mary moved to Canada, and particularly to Cranbrook, in 1979 at the age of 57 after marrying Thomas Mann. She resided in Cranbrook the remainder of her life. Mary and Tom, along with beloved dog Bobo, enjoyed many camping adventures throughout BC, Alberta & northern Washington, Idaho & Montana. Camping was a new experience for Mary and one that she embraced. They did travel back to the UK as Tom was also born in Hull, England.
Upon her arrival to Cranbrook, Mary became very involved with the Christ Church Anglican Parish and served as Secretary for a number of years. She was an avid and talented knitter and many enjoyed her perfectly knitted socks. She also enjoyed gardening, especially loving her roses.
Mary will be sadly missed by stepdaughters Patty & Jo-Anne Mann & Robin (Scott) Sudo as well as granddaughters Lindey & Lacey Sudo, nieces Mary Dunn & Susan (Stephen) Bateman, nephews Stephen (Joy) Hanson, Richard (Linda) Hanson, Kelvin (Gem) Coe, Bruce (Margaret-Anne) Hanson, Ross (Jenny) Hanson, John (Margaret) Dalton, Robert (Frances) Dalton, David (Carolyn) Dalton and many great nieces and nephews.
Mary was predeceased by her parents, George & Alice Hanson, brother Guy and sister-in-law Betty Hanson, brother Wally and sister-in-law Linda Hanson, sister Ethel and brother-in-law Eric Dalton, husband Thomas Mann, nephew Andy Dalton and her niece’s husband Arnold Dunn.
A service will be held on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Christ Church Anglican, 46 – 13th Ave. S., Cranbrook, B.C. with a reception to follow in the Church Hall.
As per Mary’s wishes, her ashes will travel to Hull and be laid to rest in a family plot during a service to take place in June, 2016.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to may make a donation to the Salvation Army, 533 Slater Rd., Cranbrook, B.C. in Mary’s memory.
Arrangements for cremation have been entrusted to McPherson’s Funeral Home.