Mary (nee Sharp) Bate

BATE, MARY (nee Sharp) Born in Saskatchewan April 13, 1913. Passed away January 2, 2005, stoically, after a brave battle. Mary was predeceased by her husband Charles in 1988. Mary was raised in Victoria and worked for the foundry in the war years. She married Charles in 1936 and they moved to Parksville in 1953. Mary ran The Garden Spot where Overwaitea was, and where Shoppers Drug Mart now stands. She became interested in politics early in her life and ran a very successful campaign for Tommy Douglas, the founder of Medicare and now the “Greatest Canadian”, in the early 70’s. Mary became very involved in the starting of the Arrowsmith rest home and was one of the founding members. She was also the last remaining founding member. Mary, along with others, worked tirelessly to raise funds for the Lodge. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary 30 years. She was president of the Residents’ Council, a position she held for 15 years. When Mary’s health and eyesight begain to fail, she moved into the Arrowsmith Lodge which now became her home. Mary was also busy with her crafts and her crochet work. In October of 2004, even though she was in very ill health, Mary was present at the ground breaking ceremony for the new Arrowsmith Lodge. Mary had many friends in Parksville and in the Lodge. Also family in the U.K. She will be missed by all who knew her. With deep gratitude to all of the wonderful staff for their care and compassion they gave to Mary in her last few months. Thanks also to Dr. Henderson. At Mary’s request, there will be no service or flowers. Donations in Mary’s memory can be sent to: Arrowsmith Rest Home Foundation Society, c/o 266 Moilliet Street, Parksville, BC V9P 1M9.

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