Mary Cunningham Wylie

Mary Cunningham Wylie

March 3, 1914 – Dec 17, 2005

Mary Wylie, a very well-known resident of Fort Fraser, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2005 at Stuart Nechako Manor in Vanderhoof at the age of 91. Mary is survived by her daughters, Auriel Wallace, Joyce Buchanan (David), and sons Doug (Lois) and Joe. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mary was predeceased by her husband John, son Jim, sisters Bessie, Julia, Jean, Nellie and brothers Bob and Bill.

Mary grew up in Creelman, Saskatchewan, and after living in mining towns in Manitoba, she and John came to Fort Fraser in the spring of 1952. They had purchased land, sight unseen, north of Fort Fraser, and lived in an abandoned school for a brief time. The land proved unproductive and the family moved closer to town, eventually settling on Telegraph Road farm now occupied by Doug Wylie and his family.

Mary worked at Buntings store and for several years she walked the five miles to and from work every day. Finally she purchased a Volkswagen, the first family car and the journey became much easier. She and John moved into Fort Fraser where Mary operated a variety store and kept books for the local water/sewer district. She went on to work in Ted’s Jewelry in Vanderhoof, retiring when she turned 65, and then working in Broadbent’s store for a few more years.

Mary was active in the community affairs and when she moved into the senior’s residence in Vanderhoof she took to computers with great enthusiasm and enjoyed the social life there. A private family service will be held at a later date.

God saw you getting tired,

When a cure was not to be.

So He wrapped his arms

around you,

And whispered, “Come to me”.

You didn’t deserve what you went through,

So He gave you rest.

God’s garden must be


He only takes the best

And when He saw you


So peaceful and free from pain

We could not wish you back To suffer that again.

We Love You and Miss You, All Your Family

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