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July 9, 1942 - September 23, 2012
It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Heskett announces her passing on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012. Mary Heskett passed away peacefully and surrounded by love in the Palliative Care Ward at St. Paul's Hospital after a lengthy illness. Mary was born in Kincardine, Scotland on July 9th, 1942. She was predeceased by her father, William in 1970, mother, Margaret in 1971, her father-in-law, Andrew in 1994, mother-in-law, Rose in 2001 and brother-in-law Rod Campbell in 1999 and several aunts and uncles in both Scotland and in Canada. Mary has left to mourn her husband of 49 years, Gerry, and their three children and their families, David and Shantal of Fort McMurray with grandsons, MacKenzie and Andrew; Brian and June of Fort McMurray with grandchildren Benjamin and Olivia, and Adrienne Starks of Saskatoon with granddaughters, Darien and Jordyn and son in law Lee Starks. Also left to mourn are Mary's sisters and brothers and their families, sister Helen and Irv Higdon of Boyle, Alberta, brother James and Dawn Elliot of Saskatoon, sister Andrena Campbell of Kamloops, British Columbia, brother John and Trudy Elliot of Bentley, Alberta, and brother Bill Elliot and Shelly Grimley of Kamsack, Saskatchewan and many nieces and nephews and all those who have considered Mary their second mother or Nana. In 1948 the Elliot family with older sister, Helen and younger brother James immigrated to Nacmine, Alberta in the Drumheller valley. Mary attended elementary and high school in Drumheller. The Elliot family grew larger in Canada and moved to Saskatoon in 1959 where Mary finished her schooling at Nutana Collegiate in 1960. Mary first met Gerry Heskett in June of 1960 under circumstances not favorable to both. Twenty-seven months passed, they met again in September, 1962 and the relationship grew, they became engaged in December, 1962 and were married on July 6th, 1963. Mary worked at numerous jobs in Saskatoon, such as Burger Baron, MSI, Bowman Brothers, A&W, Earl's Jewelry, and finally as receptionist at Price- Waterhouse until 1998 when she retired taking on a new role of Nana and babysitting her grandchildren. What a wonderful gift! Mary was a member of several organizations such as the International Order of Job's Daughters and was Bethel Guardian of Bethel No. 12 where she was known as "Mother Mary". Mary was elected and served as Grand Guardian and Grand Bethel Guardian of the Province of Saskatchewan, with Gerry Cooney. Mary was a past Supreme Officer of the International Order of Job's Daughters. In 1971 Mary joined the Order of Eastern Star and served this fraternal organization with much love, appreciation and dedication. Mary was a member of Regal Chapter No. 132 Order of the Eastern Star where she served as Worthy Matron in 1991 with Cy Newman and in 2003 with husband Gerry. Mary was elected as a line officer for the Provincial Order of Eastern Star in 2008 and served that organization as its Worthy Grand Matron along with Gerald Busch of Kerrobert who was her Worthy Grand Patron from April, 2011 to April, 2012. During her term as Worthy Grand Matron Mary's project was to raise money and awareness of the needs of the Ronald McDonald House on Clarence Avenue in Saskatoon. Money was gathered by selling a fund raising pin and by personal donations. Mary was also a member of a Chapter of the Red Hats Society and the Daughters of the Nile of Saskatoon. She was a member of the choir for the 1989 Canada Summer Games. Mary was also a member of the Contemporary Singers and Senior Handbells and UCW at St. Martin's United Church. Mary served as a chaperone for the Zodiac Tapestry Hand Bell Group for their trips to Scotland, Albuquerque, New Mexico Phoenix, Arizona and Adelaide, Australia. Mary was truly appreciated in any endeavor that she participated. In lieu of flowers, we ask that monetary donations or new household everyday items be made to the Ronald McDonald House in Saskatoon. Our special thanks are extended to Mary's very good friends, Bev Otsuka and Bev Ink for all their love and care during Mary's final days. Another special thanks to the nurses and doctors at the Royal University Hospital, Oncology Ward and the Palliative Care Ward at St. Paul's Hospital. A celebration of Mary's life will be held at St. Martin's United Church (Clarence Avenue and Wilson Crescent) on Monday, October 1st, 2012 at 1:00 PM. To send online condolences to the family, visit "Obituaries & Tributes". Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Greg Lalach at PARK FUNERAL CHAPEL, 306.244.2103.

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Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27, 2012
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