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Mary Ives MacKay (née Anglin)




Born: 1926, Saint John, New Brunswick


Died: 05 Nov 2001, Saint John, New Brunswick


MACKAY, Mary Ives (née ANGLIN) - Rothesay, New Brunswick, died Monday, November 5, 2001, at the Saint John Regional Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Chief Justice Arthur and Catherine (McAvity) Anglin. She is survived by her husband, Colin B. Mackay, her niece Catherine Jane Anglin of Los Angeles, her nephews, Bryan Anglin of Nakusp, BC and David Anglin of Los Angeles. Predeceased by her brother, John Vicars Arthur Anglin. She served her country as a member of the WRENS during the Second World War. She was an artist and active golfer, curler and gardener and a longtime member of the Rothesay Garden Club. A funeral will be held from St. Paul's Anglican Church in Rothesay, NB, on Thursday, November 8, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in Fernhill Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Brenan's Select Community Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (Globe and Mail 07 Nov 2001)



Following her death on November 5, 2001, The Globe and Mail, in its regular column 'Lives Lived' paid tribute to her long and fulfilled life with the following:


"Mary Ives Anglin was born into a prominent Saint John, N.B. family (her father was a member of the legislative assembly and later a judge). She attended the fine private girls' school, Netherwood Collegiate, before finishing her secondary education at Havergal. In the process, she learned to golf, garden, and paint -- avocations she would pursue with passion and pleasure for the rest of her life.


"The Second World War offered her an opportunity for adventure and she took it. She joined the WRENS as soon as she was of age, and spent what was left of the war in Halifax, driving for the Red Cross. The war over, she was called home to do what so many only-daughters assumed was their duty: looking after an aging parent. Her mother had died and, with her brother training to be a doctor, she became caregiver for her father.


"What Mary might have done had this responsibility not devolved on her is impossible to say, but that she would have made herself an interesting and successful career seems a good bet. Besides the talents that she displayed in her painting, her golf, and her prize-winning gardening, there were endearing gifts of mind and personality combined wtih a forthrightness that inspired trust. You never had to wonder very long what Mary was thinking; she was seldom coy and never dissimulating. To some, it may have seemed a rough edge; to those who knew her better it was the mark of a person confident of her own intelligence.


"One of those who knew her better was the man she married in 1980, Dr. Colin B. Mackay, former president of the University of New Brunswick, by then working for the Canadian International Development Agency. Together they divided their time among Rothesay, Ottawa, and wherever Colin's travel schedule might take them, but always, it seemed, arriving back home just in time for ceremonial occasions at UNB, where they were welcomed with affection.


"Her husband's illnesses in recent years cast Mary once again into the role of caregiver, which she accepted selflessly, even courageously, as she struggled against the cancer that would take her own life. Her last act was to make arrangements for Colin and her to move from their lovely but unmanageable home into a seniors' complex where Colin would be cared for when she was no longer able to do it herself."

(Globe and Mail 30 Jan 2002)



Article from the Victoria Times Colonist circa 1994/95

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