MEERS - GREEN, Mary Elizabeth

Green

It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Elizabeth Meers – Green announces her passing on July 25, 2018. The celebration of life for Mary was held at St. John’s Anglican Church on Thursday August 2, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Gyllian Davies officiating. She leaves behind her husband Raymond Green and her two sons, Ryan and Eric Green. She was predeceased by her parents, Clarence and Beryl Meers as well as her sister May Gollinger. Mary was born to Clarence and Beryl on February 1st, 1959 in Three Hills Alberta. Their farm was three miles from the hamlet of Wimborne, Alberta. She had great parents and a great farm life. It was wonderful for her have her grandparents, Jim and Effie Meers, living in the same farmyard.She had many fond memories with her grandparents, including learning handicrafts from her Grandmother. From a young age Mary and May would go with their Dad for trips to town or to visit neighbors. Her Dad would be quite disappointed if they didn’t go with him. They made many trips up to the Wimborne store, especially on Friday nights when it was the place to visit with neighbors. If any of their uncles were at the store, they would give them a dime or quarter to buy a chocolate bar. Mary attended Wimborne School for grades 1 through 5, Torrington School for grades 6 through 9 and finally Trochu Valley for grades 10 through 12. She made many friends through school and kept in touch with many of them. Mary’s Dad loved anything mechanical so naturally Mary and May were thrown into many different situations. Mary’s Dad had them ride the train several times and she remembers riding in the caboose when they still had them. He also put them into flying lessons at a flying school near Olds. Although Mary never received her pilot’s license, she always maintained a love for flying in small planes, taking Ryan and Eric up as many times as she could. As well, her Dad got Mary and May in to motorcycles (a Yamaha and Honda) and they had a well-worn path up into the pasture. After high school, Mary attended nursing school at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary with several close friends from high school. After becoming a registered nurse, Mary worked for a brief time at the Foothills Hospital before working for several years in the orthopedic unit at the Red Deer Hospital. In the fall of 1985, Mary and a friend decided to further their education by taking Occupational Health Nursing at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton. This led to a new career in workplaces throughout Alberta, including the Joffre Chemical Plant, the Vegreville Research Station and the Alberta Power Generating Station at Hanna. These positions eventually led her to working at the Husky Refinery in Lloydminster in late 1989. She made many life-long friends throughout her time at school and work and stayed in contact with them over the years. While working at Husky, she became friends with Ray’s youngest sister Leslie, who in 1991 introduced her to Ray. It was not long before Ray and Mary were going out together. They were married on May 30, 1992 in Red Deer. Mary always wanted to be a part of a larger family and loved every minute of it. Mary continued to work for a short period until Ryan was born at the end of February 1993. Thus began her new career of being a stay-at-home mom. In August of 1995, Eric was born. This completed the two things that Mary most wanted out of life, to be married and have a family. Taking after her father, Mary ensured her boys were entered into every activity she could possibly get them into, whether they wanted to or not. Mary never missed an opportunity to volunteer in her boy’s activities. She also spent many hours volunteering at the boy’s schools, including chaperoning the boy’s many band trips. Mary loved to travel. She started traveling at a young age when her family traveled to Europe and then she later explored Australia and New Zealand with her sister May. She continued her love of traveling with Ray and her boys, taking them on vacations every year to places such as Arizona, California, Hawaii, Ottawa, Victoria and all places in between. She also enjoyed going on road trips, traveling around Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. She enjoyed seeing the mountains in Alberta and British Columbia, making many trips through the mountains over the years, including this spring. Mary was a gardener. Gardening was an important part of Mary’s life. She loved not only growing but eating the fresh fruit and vegetables that her gardens produced. Every year Mary said that the garden would not be as large as the previous years, but those rows of peas never seemed to get shorter! Mary was a planner, always thinking weeks or months ahead. She would always have her Christmas shopping done months ahead of time; even in the last days before she passed she was giving Ray instructions on what to get the boys for Christmas. Mary was even buying the yearly Christmas tree ornament when she was in Banff in June. Mary was a shopper. She was described by her mother as a shopaholic. The running joke about her shopping was that her car could find its way to every shopping mall in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary. Ray spent many hours sitting on the “husband benches” in malls throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. Mary loved researching family history. She was the keeper of all the family pictures and in recent years spent many hours with her sister and cousin trying to put together all of the family stories. Mary was extremely proud of her family, always wanting to share her boy’s accomplishments no matter how big or small, or updating everyone on what Ray was up to on the farm or at work. Mary was a very kind and giving person, always thinking of others and never wanting to burden anyone with her personal problems. She loved her entire family very much and always said that she had the perfect life. At heart, Mary was a farm girl who enjoyed the sight of spring birds and crocuses, and the familiar rituals of putting in and taking off the crop. She will be forever missed.Donations in Mary’s memory can be made to the Pioneer House in Lloydminster or the Lloydminster Health Foundation. Mary’s family would like to thank the Reverend Gyllian Davies for the beautiful service as well as for reading the eulogy, all of our wonderful neighbours and friends for their gifts of food and support, the Anglican church ladies for the lunch and McCaws Funeral Service.