Our mom, Mary Lou Price, passed away peacefully on the morning on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the F. W. Green Memorial Home in Cranbrook at 87 years of age.
Mom was born near Colonsay, Saskatchewan on March 2, 1928 to Samuel Edgar and Sarah Lucinda Shier. She grew up on the family farm and finished grade 12 there. She attended Bible School in North Battleford, SK for two years and then continued on to Nursing School and became a Registered Nurse at Saskatoon City Hospital. She met ‘the handsome’ Nelson J.A. Price from Sonningdale, SK in 1950 (before all the schooling) and he waited for her to finish all of that before they married on March 12, 1955 in Saskatoon. They immediately moved out west to Marysville, BC (Kimberley) to start their new life together.
Mom and Dad raised four children, Dale, Gwen, Arlene and Cory in Marysville. Dad worked with his brother in construction, then purchased Ryan’s Tire Supply in Kimberley and then eventually started their own business of Price Excavating…….all the while with mom doing the books!
Mom also worked casual and eventually part-time as an RN at the Kimberley and District Hospital and the Kimberley Special Care Home “The Pines” while raising her family. She loved volunteering and was very social. She was involved with the school PTA while we were in grade school, belonged to the Marysville Sewing Circle, and volunteered her time with various community events. She was also a lifetime member of the Kimberley/Marysville Hospital Auxiliary, serving many years in the capacity of secretary and then treasurer.
A very big and important part of her life was her church family at the Cranbrook Christian Centre “The Dwelling Place”. She had a deep abiding, strong faith in God which resulted in her very positive outlook on life, in which she loved to share with everyone she met. She volunteered her time in the ministry of greeting cards dubbed as “The Card Lady”.
Mom was predeceased by her mother Sarah Lucinda Shier ten days after her birth in 1928; her aunt Elizabeth Shier in 1950 who lovingly helped raise her with her dad; her father Samuel Edgar Shier in 1952; her husband of 34 years Nelson J.A. Price in 1989; her infant grandson David Clarke in 1995; her sister-in-law Marjorie Shier in 1996 and her brother Maxwell Shier in 2003.
Mom, Mary Lou, has left to cherish her memory, her four children Dale (Marjorie), Gwen (David) Manarey, Arlene (Perry) Clarke and Cory; five grandchildren Anita (Scott) Falk, Julie Price, Karen (Curtis) Kaldestad, Emily and Robbie Clarke; three great grandchildren Mason, Hannah and Riley; her brother Herbert (Gudrun) Shier; sister-in-law Doreen Taylor; her brother-in-law Byron and his wife Hazel Price as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews who affectionately called her ‘Louie’, Aunt Louie, aunt Mary Lou and great auntie!
Our family is so blessed by her life and she has left us with a rich heritage and legacy. Thank you mom!
Mom was interred beside our dad (Nelson) in a private family gathering at Marysville Cemetery on Friday, July 3, 2015. A memorial gathering and celebration of her life will be held later this summer.