SWANSON, Mary Elizabeth (nee Heads)

Nov 11, 1935 ~ Oct 28, 2010

On Thursday, October 28, Mary passed away peacefully at her home in Maple Ridge. Predeceased by her brother Bill and sisters, Frances and Thelma. She is survived by her son Michael, his wife Tatiana, her sister Ruth, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary grew up in Vancouver and moved to Maple Ridge in the early 1960’s. She was a registered nurse and worked at Riverview for many years. Mary was well-known throughout the equestrian community. She taught many young people the skills, values, and love of horse ownership. She was a tireless advocate of the rules of the sport and shared her wealth of knowledge to all who needed it. Her organization of competitions throughout the province, particularly Eventing, was outstanding. Her meticulous management of results and awards was remarkable. The community has lost a dear friend and a leader but her legacy of fairplay, organization, and commitment will live on. She was much loved and will be sadly missed by many.

A gathering to remember Mary will be held at the Maple Ridge Equisport Centre 21973 132nd Avenue, Maple Ridge, B.C., on Sunday November 14th, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

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