DeANGELIS, Mary (nee Barry)
May 1, 1946 – March 8, 2017
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to long-time Hope resident, Mary DeAngelis. Mary passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer. Mary is survived by her devoted husband, Spencer of 44 years, daughter Austina Fawcett (Greg), grandchildren Andrew and Evan, many nieces and nephews, brothers Kevin and Mike (Andrea) and many special surviving in-laws. Mary was predeceased by her parents Anne and John Barry, son Ryan and many other cherished family members. Mary was born in Windsor, Newfoundland. She was the second youngest of eight children. She loved to share stories of her time living on “the rock” and spoke fondly of her adventures on the sea fishing with her father and siblings. At the age of 19, Mary made the trek out to join her older sister Loretta and brother Kevin who had moved to British Columbia. She spent five years in Cache Creek running the front office of the Greyhound station. It was here that she met her husband, Spencer. Mary later moved to Hope, her and Spencer married and together they ran the “infamous” Ryan’s Drive-In Restaurant for over 20 years. Mary truly enjoyed her years at Ryan’s meeting and serving customers from all over the globe. In 1995, Ryan’s was destroyed by a mudslide and a few years later Mary again found herself working in customer service at the Hope Pharmasave. Mary spent 13 years working in a variety of positions there and loved meeting and talking with her customers. Here she made many special friendships with her co-workers and enjoyed spending time and visiting with them right up until her passing. Mary was a peoples’ person and relished any opportunity to stop and chat with her friends and acquaintances. Over the forty years that Mary lived in Hope she belonged to a variety of organizations and gave back whenever she could. Depending on the decade, you could find her volunteering at the Hope Figure Skating Club, local schools and Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and enjoyed meeting with friends and playing a game of keno at the Saturday meat draw. Mary loved to curl and spent over 20 years enjoying the sport alongside her husband. She had a zest for life and relished any opportunity to travel and shared many special adventures with friends and family members. Mary was a master chef and could often be found in the kitchen whipping up a delectable meal or whatever treat her grandchildren requested. Mary’s true passion was her family. She loved celebrations and hosted many back-yard gatherings entertaining family and friends from near and far. She cherished any time spent with her daughter and the two were inseparable sharing a bond that was built on love and friendship. Mary’s grandsons were her true delight and she rose to the title of “Gramma”, hosting them for many sleepovers where they would bake, play and adventure around the town. Mary stayed in touch with all her nieces and nephews and loved to hear of their accomplishments. She had a very special relationship with her two nieces Kelly and Nikki and there were many a shopping trip “gone wild” that they enjoyed together. No matter who is was, Mary had a steadfast love for all her family and always had a shoulder to lean on, a hug to give, and a word of advice. Her generous, loving nature will be sorely missed by all her family and friends. Mary had a gentle spirit, but she fought tirelessly against her cancer and never once complained. Even when things got tough her calm, quiet humour ensued and she was able to share a joke or two with her caregivers. Our family would like to thank Dr. Josh Greggain, the Home Health Nursing Staff, and the Home Support Workers for their superior care of both Mary and our family. Mary’s wish of a peaceful passing at home was granted due to the tireless and compassionate care provided by all these amazing people. Our family would also like to thank the many wonderful friends who have continued to provided us with support during this difficult time. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at 11:00 am at our Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church, 671 Water Street, Hope, B.C. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Mary’s honour to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation or a charity of your choice.