Mary Ramsden

Mary Ramsden (nee Makeiff)

June 01, 1931 – November 05, 2009

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our mother, Mary Ramsden (nee Makeiff). Mary was born in Brilliant, BC on 1 June 1931, and passed away at Talarico Place palliative care in Castlegar on 05 November 2009. Mary was a lifelong resident of Castlegar. She was predeceased by her parents, Molly and William Makeiff, and her husband, Harry. She is survived by her children, Jerry (Karen), David (Arlene),

Marilyn, Lillian (Curtis) and Debbie, and her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She met her newest great grandchild just days before her passing. She is also survived by her sister, Nora

(Bill), and family.

Mary was never happier than when she was

surrounded by her children and grandchildren; no one ever went hungry in her home. She loved a good outing somewhere, and when we couldn’t reach her by phone, we knew she must be out

“gallivanting”. She was a gracious lady, sweet and generous, with a wonderful sense of humour, and we will miss her very much.


When someone dies, a cloud turns into an angel and flies up to tell God to put another flower on a pillow. A bird gives the message back to the world and sings a silent prayer that makes the rain cry. People disappear, but they never really go away. The spirits up there put the sun to bed, wake up the grass, and spin the earth in dizzy circles. Sometimes, you can see them dancingin a cloud during the day time when they’re supposed to be sleeping. They paint the rainbows and also the sunsets, and make waves splash and tug at the tide.

They toss shooting stars, and listen to wishes, and when they sing wind songs they whisper to us: “Don’t miss me much, the view is nice, and I’m doing just fine” Author Unknown


We would like to especially thank Drs Malpass, Larocque, and Zak and the nurses and staff of Kootenay Lake District Hospital and Talarico Place. We appreciate the kindnesses you each

showed to our mother and your diligent care of her. We would also like to thank Rev. Dwight Soleski and Mary Voykin for their support, fellowship, and friendship shown to our mother. A funeral service was held on Monday 9 November at the New Life Assembly church in Castlegar. Interment followed at the Brilliant cemetery. Our appreciation to Bill Clark and the staff of Personal Alternative Funeral Services, to the singers and gravediggers, and to the ladies of the New Life Assembly church who provided the lovely luncheon. Rest in peace, mom.