With great sadness we announce the passing of Mary Palmire Hardy (Nee Mahy) on December 9, 2023 at Souris Health Centre. Mary was born May 9, 1933 in Grand Clairiere. She is survived by her six children Bob (Thelma) Hardy, Susan (John) Janz, Betty Wainwright, Willy (Lynn) Hardy, Helen (Doug) Longmuir, and Carolyn O’Toole, 17 grandchildren 42 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Sister Yvonne Bertholet and brother Harvey (Brenda) Mahy and many nieces and nephew.
Mary grew up on a farm just west of Grand Clairiere were she attended Maple Hill school and helped out on the family farm.
In 1951 she married Gabe Hardy. She spent most of her life raising her family in Grand Clairiere, she always had a huge garden that she enjoyed from the first sprig of asparagus in the spring to the last vegetable in the fall. She was a women of many talents she would spend her free time knitting, crocheting, embroidering and making quilts for her family.
In the late 1970’s she started working for the post office. She continued this career for many years eventually working her way to Postmaster in Hartney in 1993, which she was very proud of. She retired in1998.
Mary moved to Hartney in1993 where she enjoyed spending time with her friends and playing cards. After retiring she found time to travel, many of her trips were visiting kids and grandkids from Prince Rupert B.C. to Cape Breton Island N.S.
In later years as her health declined her quick wit and humor never left her. Even towards the ends still shared stories and memories of her life. Visits from her children and grandchildren were filled with her contagious laughter and acted as a reminder to never take yourself too seriously. She was a kind hearted, hard-working woman.
Mary was predeceased by her parents Leon and Palmire Mahy, sister Aurelie Gagnon, daughter Anna, grandchildren Connie Hardy, Kyle O’Toole, and son-in-law Jim Wainwright.
Celebration of life was held Dec.19, 2023 at St.Jeans Catholic Church in Grand Clairiere.
Mary will be missed greatly by her family and friends.
In memory of Mary, donations may be made to a charity of your choice