Mary Sue was my boss many years ago when I worked as a dietitian at the Calgary General Hospital. I remember her love of food, nutrition and family, and her generosity in sharing that passion with all of us.I wasn't surprised to learn she had also become a chef. Having lost touch, I was surprised to hear of her passing. My heart goes out to her family and friends, especially David and their children.
When I think about my visits to the family home, I recall that Mary Sue was a very caring person. She was always so welcoming. She is surely missed by all who knew her. My condolences to Mary Sue's family and friends.
My condolences to Mary Sue's family and friends and peers. It was because of Mary Sue I was encouraged to become more involved with the profession; she was a great mentor, peer, and inspiration. I was fortunate to enjoy her amazing cooking, and I feel priveleged to have even a glimpse of her passion for everything she did in life - with her family, with her profession, in the kitchen, in the classroom, in front of a crowd. A fond memory was to have her explain her amazing walls of cookbooks that lined her kitchen, and I continue to enjoy those she created. Just like her recipes, she had a zest that gave spice to life! It is just so sad she had to leave us so soon. Her life has touched so many of us! Mary Sue, may your spirit live on, may memories of your beautiful person help those at this sad time of loss.
Our condolences and sympathy for Mary Sue's immediate family, loved ones and friends. We use her cook books and were inspired by her courage and zest for life and will to live. Though we didn't se her often, she will be fondly remembered in our thoughts and prayers.
Gary and Fran Malys (Valatie, New York, USA)
Mary Sue was so well known and loved by many dietitians and colleagues across the country. I had the good fortune to know and work with her in Calgary. She loved food and nutrition, and shared her passion intertwined with personal stories, especially in her cookbooks. I will remember and honor her as I make so many of her delicious recipes. The dietitiam community has lost an incredible and inspirational leader of our profession. My sincere condolences from me and my family to yours.
Please accept my most sincere condolences. Mary Sue was an amazing mentor and colleague, and inspired passion for dietetic practice in her peers. We will miss her spirit and sense of humour.
Thank you Mary Sue for Flavour First and for promoting the importance of cooking meals from scratch, sharing and enjoying food with friends and family. Thank you for inspiring us.
Please accept my sincerest condolences. I have many of Mary Sue's books and will think of her whenever truly experiencing the pleasure of good food with friends and family. She was an inspiration to dietitians, reminding us of the importance of getting back to the basics, good food. We will miss her.
Our thoughts and prayers are with youMary Sue's family and friends through this time . Mary Sue was such a vibrant personality that you wanted to be in her presence anytime you heard she was speaking or participating in a conference. She gave us all back a little passion for food and life and to be proud of what we were doing either in our profession and/or food service. She nourished us all in so many ways,we are so grateful for her... Dietitians and Food Services Staff of Cape Breton District
Dear Meredith and Family,
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing.May you find peace and love among family and friends at this very difficult time.We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Mary,Chelsey,Jessica and Lauren Hoh. (Hanover,NH)
My sympathy to your family. Mary Sue was an inspiration to all of the dietitian community that she came in contact with. She was passionate about the profession and contributed so generously of her time and talent to it. Her love of food, cooking, the social aspect of meals and how this contributed to nutrition and health were something I will always cherish when I think of Mary Sue. Every time I open Flavour First I will remember her. We have lost not only a professional colleague but a dear friend.
Dear David, Meredith and Phillip our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Mary Sue and your family have given us so many wonderfully fond memories. A very sad time, our sympathies go out to you.
Mary Sue was my first mentor and really shaped for me what it means to have a voice and be passionate for what you believe. Later Mary Sue became a friend and a client and many a Friday afternoon in Calgary we shared great stories and she always,always led the conversations around her great love for her family. I remember how selfishly sad I was when she shared with me that she was moving to Nova Scotia...but so happy when we later connected on the delicious life she was leading. Touching so many in such a huge way is a gift few will know and Mary Sue will continue to touch us in her memories.
Mary (Ouellette) Morrison,Calgary
I have never met a person who had such passion about food and nutrition as Mary Sue did. She was always a shining light and represented herself and the Dietetic profession with world class. She was immensely proud of her family and always had time to pass on her wisdom whether it was in the classroom ,in a kitchen or in having a friendly chat. She will be missed by all of us who had the privilege to have known her. Like others I will take out her cookbook and make something in her memory. Gone but not forgotten.
I was very saddened to hear of Mary Sue's passing. We worked together at the old Alberta Children's Hospital. Mary Sue was a very kind, gracious and loving person but, most of all, very genuine, honest and fun!!!
My sincere sympathy to David, Meredith, Phillip and to Mary Sue's parents. May it help to know that her former colleagues will always have fond memories of her.
David, Meredith & Phillip: I am so sorry for your loss. Mary Sue was a truly amazing person. I will always rember her love of vibrant colours. Mary Sue loved life, loved her family and friends above all else. She had a generous heart and will truly be missed. Pat/Bayshore
On behalf of the Family Studies Teachers Association of Nova Scotia, I would like to extend my sympathy to Mary Sue's family. Mary Sue was a huge supporter of Family Studies Teachers in our province. She often presented at our Annual Conference and mentored teachers. Her passion for food and cooking was contagious and her smile made everyone feel valued and capable. She will be missed.
Shari MacGillivray, President, Family Studies Teachers Association of Nova Scotia
Thank you Mary Sue for everything you brought to the field of dietetics.
You are truly an inspiration!
Mary Sue was an exceptional public communicator & educator. In her regular appearances on CBC Radio's "Maritime Noon", she addressed questions on nutrition & diet from callers all over the region with clarity & sensitivity. Her address to the audience at a fundraiser for the Brain Tumour Foundation in 2013 was extraordinary - filled with her intelligence, courage & wicked sense of humour.
Mary Sue was a great inspiration in the world of dietetics. She touched the lives of many in the profession. On be behalf of the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association, please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Mary Sue.
Mary Sue was a true leader in dietetics and as passionate about good food as anyone could be. I will make one of her recipes this week in her honour! My deepest condolences to her family.
I was sorry to see the news from Dietitians of Canada of Mary Sue's passing this morning. I enjoyed her passion for not just nutrition, but FOOD, and I always learned something new from her when I heard her speak. All the best to the family during this sad time.
David, Meredith & Phillip: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mary Sue was a truly wonderful person. I will always remember Mary Sue for her vibrant colors, and her love of life and generous heart. Her love was her family and friends. She will truly be missed. Pat/Bayshore
Mary Sue's time with Dietitians of Canada spanned decades of professional leadership and has left us with numerous legacies, for which we are most thankful. To each and every role, Mary Sue brought inspiration, passion, excellence and teamwork. Our respect and admiration were bestowed with the Ryley Jeff's Memorial Award, the highest recognition given to a member of the Association. For this we were highly rewarded with an inspirational story of pioneering, leadership and passion that will forever live in the permanent records of the Association and the hearts and minds of those who heard Mary Sue's Memorial Lecture.
To Mary Sue's family we are forever thankful that you shared Mary Sue's lifetime so generously with us. We are saddened by your loss and our loss, and offer our condolences in your time of grief. As time moves us on, may your grief be replaced by celebration of a life well lived and a person well loved and who loved her life and her family beyond all else.
Mary Sue was an exceptional person, mentor and forward thinking leader around nutrition. Her energy was contagious and her imprint will forever shape my professional practice. I am so thankful to have met and worked with her.
I have fond memories of working with Mary Sue as a newbie to DC staff, even though it was only for a few short months in the Fall of 2011. Last year at Conference, we all cheered and clapped and waved to Mary Sue after she delivered her inspiring Ryley-Jeffs lecture - with those lovely shoes on a podium, marking her presence and her generosity. Precious memories remain. My sympathy goes especially to you, Mary Sue's family - she often spoke of you, with much love and appreciation.
Goodbye Mary Sue; we will miss you! You brought such pizzazz with you wherever you went. Conferences have not been the same since you could no longer attend, but at least we had your wonderful voice in 2012 when you delivered the Ryley Jeffs Lecture.
I will remember Mary Sue for her passion for bringing family back to the table and food back to dietetic practice. Her cookbooks line my kitchen shelf and my family will enjoy Mary Sue's gift of delicious, nutritious recipes for years to come. My sincere condolences.
I remember Mary Sue from my early days in dietetics ... an enthusiastic leader for National Nutrition Month, and a joy to work with in terms of being positive, energetic and letting no barriers stand in her way. Throughout our friendship and professional relationship, our paths continued to intersect.
Aside from being a leader and role model, she was a strong advocate for the profession.
She will be missed, but not forgotten!
Helen Haresign (Toronto)
What an amazing lady. Not just a professional dietitian but also a passionate foodie. Her books will be with us for ever. She was a wonderful friend. I will miss her and her zest for life. Her brave fight over the past 21/2 years was nothing short of miraculous. My sincere sympathies to Davis, Meredith and Philip. Rosie Maclean, Toronto
I have had the privilege to know and work with Mary Sue - an amazing inspiration to all - My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May we all be noursihed by her memory. Bonnie Smith Conrad
So sorry to hear this news. As a Dietitian who is also a Foodie, I can only aspire to be a little bit like Mary Sue. May memories of a life well lived comfort you at this time.