WEIR, Mary Beatrice (née Nelson) Our dear mother, Mary Beatrice Weir (née Nelson) born February 1st, 1912, passed quietly in her sleep at the age of 100 on Saturday, August 18th, 2012. Mary was predeceased by her husband Ronald J. Weir in 2005. She is fondly remembered as a loving and generous lady by her children; Lynn (Jon), Frances (Brooke), Graeme (Mary) and Cate (Bruce). Mary also leaves grandchildren; Jean-Pierre St. Claire, Derek Slykerman, Megan Weir, Gavin Bieber, Adam and Hugh Steffanick, and Matthew, Peter and Alwyn Crocker, and great-grandchildren; Fraser and Carson Paiement, Seamus and Hayley Slykermanand Tiernan St. Claire, as well as many nieces and nephews. Mary, along with her three brothers was born and grew up in New Westminster, BC. She was the only daughter of William Nelson from Yorkshire, England and Lena Joyce Evans from Prince Edward Island, a descendant of United Empire Loyalists. In 1934 Mary graduated from the Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing and completed a post grad in operating procedures at Montreal General Hospital in 1937. On returning to Victoria, she became Supervisor of the RJH Operating Room. In 1942 she enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and was posted to the Military Hospital in Nanaimo. While stationed there 1943 she reconnected with a close childhood family friend from Metchosin, Lieutenant Ronald J. Weir, RCA. A romance kindled, and no sooner were they engaged, than Mary was listed to go Overseas. In typical wartime fashion, they were married within a week of their engagement. Mary set off three days later to take charge of the Operating Room in the No.9 Canadian Hospital in England. She left without her husband, who would follow some months later. After the war they settled in Metchosin to raise their family and later moved to Gordon Head. Mary was a devoted mother to the end of her life. For many years Mary was active in the Altar Guild and Women's Auxilliary at St. Mary's Metchosin and later at St. Barnabas in Victoria. Mary was a life member and Past President of Chapter "K" of the PEO sisterhood. Mary also greatly enjoyed Victoria's symphony and theatres with her dear Ron. The family sincerely thanks all the staff at Central Care Home, especially 5th floor, for six years of exceptional and loving care. A memorial will be held on Sat. Sept.1 at 10:30am at the Pemberton Memorial Chapel at Royal Jubilee Hospital. Mary requested in lieu of flowers that donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Aug. 26, 2012