Mary Carruthers

Mary (Smith) Carruthers

October 15, 1923 ~ August 19, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Mary (Smith) Carruthers.

Mary settled alongside Kootenay Lake with her husband Bruce Smith in 1978. She embraced her new life in the community and over time became involved in the St. Anselm’s Church choir. Her skill as an organist and delight in sharing her musical knowledge kept her active in the musical community for all her remaining years. As well, Mary was actively involved with Trinity United Church and Christ Church in Creston.

Mary would been seen driving her ‘silver bullet’ to various functions, graciously adding her musical expertise and pleasure to every event.

Her husband, Bruce, passed in 1992, and later, in 1999, Mary married Alex (Alec) Carruthers of Creston, sharing her life with him in his Creston home and on Kootenay Lake. After Alec’s passing in 2005, Mary continued her Kootenay Lake living, always happy to see her many friends and maintaining her great delight in the choir and her organ-playing duties.

In August 2014, Mary went to Calgary to recover from a back injury. This move was always deemed temporary, as she had great plans to get back to “God’s greatest place on earth” and resume her life in the Kootenays.

Unfortunately, this was not to be her path, and Mary passed peacefully in Calgary on August 19, 2014, her humour and graciousness fully intact. Her impact on family and friends will never be forgotten.

Mary is survived by sons Bruce and Ross; daughter Bonnie; daughters-in-law Deborah and Jackie; grandchildren Brooke (Steve), Ivan (Ashley), Laurel (Nick), Garett and Shayla; and great-grandchildren Tyson, Raven, Silvan, Loch, Phoenix and Ocean.

A Service and Memorial will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm at St. Anselm’s Church, Boswell, B.C. followed by a luncheon at 2:00 pm at Boswell Hall.

In lieu of flowers, please support your local choir or musical organization in your community.

Her love and gift of music is her legacy. We miss you Mom and will have you in our hearts forever.

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