Mary Baff, nee Miroslawa (Mirka) Libera (10 Nov 1925 – 30 June 2015) was born in Poland and lived an idyllic childhood on her family farm until life was forever changed by the cruelties of WWII. Coming to Canada in 1949 to seek a new life, she met first husband Ed Chwist and had children Alice (Richard) and Eddie (France). Mary’s life changed again when she was “swept off her feet” by Rudy Baff, her second husband of 56 years. They brought into the world children Richard (Rose), Mario (Teresa), Francis (Janice), Angela and Peter. The family traveled west from Ontario eventually settling in Castlegar in 1969.
Mary was a woman of strength and conviction, fiercely loyal and loving to her family. She is predeceased by her son Peter, a special needs child, who was for many years the center of her life. Determined and keenly observant, Mary had a curiosity which held innocence and wonder at the intricacies of life. She was always smiling, putting on a brave face. She carried her burdens with grace and dignity. Mary stood her ground for her values and opinions but had a generous heart that genuinely cared for people, nature and animals.
Her faith in God was first and foremost. When dementia tugged at her mind, her character and gifts still shone through the fog. She left an empty hole in our hearts and we are forever grateful for the gifts that live on in us. Mary’s life was celebrated at St. Rita’s Catholic church on July 7, 2015.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Castleview Care Centre where Mary was so well cared for in her final years. Cheques should be made out to “Acts of Kindness for Seniors Society” please write “Designated to Castleview Care Centre” in the memo line and send c/o Castleview Care Centre 2300 – 14th Avenue, Castlegar, BC V1N 4A6.