It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mary Richardson, beloved wife of Clay Richardson of Cranbrook, BC on March 29, 2014 at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.
Mary was born in Lent, Holland on May 2, 1952. She immigrated to Canada in 1956 and resided in Lethbridge, AB until 1988 before moving with her family to Cranbrook. Mary dedicated her life to her family as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Over the last 12 years Mary has been a Pastoral Care worker for the Catholic Diocese of Nelson working in Native Ministry. Her greatest love was working with the Ktunaxa and Shuswap nations, where she made countless friends. The support she received from the nations in her work was her greatest blessing.
Besides her loving husband Clay, Mary is survived by two daughters, Erin (Ryan) Bernier and Sandra Richardson and three grandsons, Tobias Solorzano, Isaiah Richardson-Langa and Mylo Bernier of Calgary. She is also survived by two brothers, Frank (Geri) Vanden Heuvel and Leo (Sharon) Vanden Heuvel of Lethbridge, as well as many nephews, nieces and relatives in Holland.
A funeral mass for Mary will be held Friday, April 25 at 11:00 am at Christ The Servant Catholic Church (1100 – 14th Avenue South) in Cranbrook, followed by a memorial feast at the Ktunaxa Nation Government Building located at 220 – Cranbrook Street North.