Mary Butala

Mary Butala

Mary passed peacefully in her sleep Mother’s Day, May 8, 2016 in Golden BC at the age of 87 years. She gave her best to keep going, with hopes of perhaps going home one day. Even at the age of 87 Mary was still doing all of her own cooking, gardening, lawn mowing. Everyone was in awe of her energy and enthusiasm for life. She always had a plan for her day.

Mary was born in Slovenia and moved to Canada with her husband, Joe, and their children, Joe and Frank, in 1958. Initially they lived in Skookumchuk, Harrogate and Spillimacheen and eventually moved to their permanent home of Golden BC.

Mary was a stay at home mom for a short time and then began work as a chambermaid and then as a custodian at Lady Grey Elementary School. She retired after 17 years.

Mary is lovingly remembered by her husband of 67 years, Joe; sons, Joe (Pat) and Frank (Cheryl Woods); daughters, Helena Fuoco and Pauline (Bob) Tegart; grandchildren, Kiley (Brent) Bomley, Curtis (Amanda) Butala, Tanis Butala (Sam), Montana (Jon) Marshall, Dakota Fuoco, Alex Tegart (Nick), and Hayden Tegart (Ashley); greatgrandchildren: Sophie, Ella, Cruze, and August. Mary will also be missed by her dear friends Marija Spehar and Tom and Hana Veselic with whom she spent many hours reminiscing about the old country.

Mary was loved and admired by many……NO ONE left her table hungry……..

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Sacred Hearts Catholic Church in Golden BC on Saturday May 21, 2016 at 11 am. Please note that in lieu of flowers, donations will be happily accepted at the service to be used to purchase a special gift for Durand Manor, in Mary’s name.

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