In Loving Memory of Eleanor “Mary” Hicks (nee Pye)
Passed away peacefully at Hyland Crest LTC with her family by her side on October 3rd, 2019 in her 79th year.
Mary was the much loved wife of Jim and mother of Deborah (Rosie), Denise (Bill) and Beth (Dave). She was stepmother to Bill (Kathy), Bruce (Cheri), Brad (Karen), Barry (Derrick) and Cindy. Mary will be missed by her large extended family: grandchildren Katie, Kristen (David), Brendan, Ryan, Jason, Sean, Todd, Heather (deceased), Brittany (Taylor), Brett, Spencer (Maddie), Gavin (Dani), Brady (Rachel), Robbie, Ben (Vic), Ali (Cole), Brigitta, Charlene (Nick), Christa, Emma (Mark), Chris, Emily (Jake) and great grandchildren Rome, Liam and Naia. Much loved also by Barbara and Peter Walford-Davis. Mary is predeceased by her mother Eleanor Pye who lived in Minden for many years as did her brother Harry Pye and Jim Pye. Fondly remembered and loved by Marion Pye, Sue Pye, Frank and Joanne Hicks (deceased), Barb and Bill King and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mary was born in Toronto and became a teacher at age 19. She combined raising three daughters with a successful teaching career in Peel County. In 1986 Mary and Jim moved to Haliburton where Mary continued teaching for another ten years. After her retirement in 1995, Mary and her friend Barbara, connected with a small food cupboard at the Anglican Church in Minden and developed what became the Minden Food Bank and is now the Minden Community Food Centre. At the same time, Mary took water colour painting lessons and soon became very talented in this field.
Mary loved the people at her church, Zion United; she loved to be with her families, to travel, to read, paint, garden and eat desserts!! Mary and Jim enjoyed their many retirement years together, especially several winters they had in Winter Haven, Florida, in the same community as good friends Gary and Judy Chapman.
It was Mary’s wish that her body be used for organ transplants or for Medical Studies. A celebration of May’s life will be planned in the future. In the meantime, if you wish, send us a note with a memory or memories of Mary so we can produce a permanent record of her life with her relatives and friends. Or just plant a tree in memory of Mary and let us know. Send messages to Jim, drop them off at Minden Hills United Church or the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd.
Special thanks goes out to the wonderful staff at Hyland Crest Senior Citizens’ Home for the loving care provided for Mary during her journey with Dementia. You are very special in our hearts. And also to Rev. Max Ward and Rev. Peter Walford-Davis for their support and prayers.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation (HHHSF), Minden Community Food Centre or Minden Hills United Church and can be arranged through the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., P.O. Box 427, Minden, Ontario K0M 2K0.