Posted: August 31st, 2015

Chuen, Mary
MARY CHUEN, formerly of Bow Island and Medicine Hat, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge on August 23, 2015. Mary is survived by her brother Norman Chuen and sisters Hazel Fong and her children: Linda Fong (Binx) Selby and daughter, James (Linda) Fong and children, David (Anwen) and children, Shari (Dennis) Boisvert and children, Chris (Janelle) Fong and children; Violet Fong and her children: Larry (Angela) and children, Gary (Denise) Fong and children, Donald (Deb) Fong and children, Randy Fong and children, Daryl Fong, Rodney Fong and Valerie Fong.

Mary was predeceased by her parents Sun and Bow Sim Chuen; sisters, Irene and Helen; brothers, Harry and George; and brothers-in-law John Fong and Lorne Fong.

Mary was born and raised in Bow Island, AB where she lived for the majority of her life before moving to Medicine Hat and eventually Lethbridge. Mary spent her entire working career in the family grocery store which she managed with her brothers George and Harry. Mary’s ready smile and belief that only the best was good enough made her a favourite amongst the store’s customers. Former customers of the store always speak fondly of Mary and how her kindness and generosity will never be forgotten. It was not uncommon to have your grocery order arrive with a little something extra and a package of cookies or a few chocolate bars for the kids; no one needed to ask where it came from, everyone knew it was Mary’s way of saying “Hello” and “Thank-you”. Mary loved children and dogs and saved her biggest smiles for them; even later in life she always made sure she had a chocolate bar or doggy treat ready at hand for her favourite visitors. Mary’s life was not without adversity and she encountered many challenges to her health, especially in her later years. She overcame each challenge with stubborn determination and dealt with the consequences with a quiet pride. Mary spent her last years as a residence of St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge and her family wishes to thank everyone for the kind care they provided, especially over the last month.

Family and friends are invited to pay their final respects from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm, on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 – 4th Ave., Lethbridge, AB. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be directed to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, #403, 740 – 4th Ave. S, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0N9 or the charity of your choice.

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2 Condolences for “MARY CHUEN”

  1. Dorothy Webster says:

    I only knew Mary for a short period of time when I worked at the Mall. She always had a smile and was soft spoken. I believe she thought kindly of me because I knew her brother Norman, who she seemed to be very close.
    May I offer my sympathy to the family at this sad time.

  2. Betty Egan says:

    I was born and raised in Bow Island I remember very well the chocolate bars that came with the groceries. It was a huge treat!
    I am sorry for your loss.

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