Mary Marie McDonell

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved mother Mary Marie McDonell of Thrums B.C. on September 1, 2013 at Kootenay Lake Hospital.


Mary was born in Hodde, Jutland, Denmark on January 12, 1944. At the age of fourteen she immigrated to Canada with her family. In her late teens she moved to the British Columbia area and started a family. Once her children were all in school she began her career at Kootenay Lake Hospital and spent many years there until she retired at the age of 59.


Mary had a great sense of humor and loved being around her family and friends. She was very kind and a generous person who never complained. Mary thoroughly enjoyed sewing, gardening, riding on the Columbia River in her paddle boat and a smooth glass of red wine.

She is survived by her husband Jim McDonell, her four children Chris (Sandra), Suzette (John), Annette, Karen (Moe), 10 grandchildren Christopher, Kurtis, Allyse, Kyle, Jeannie, Brianna, Bryan, Bradley, Chelsea and Ben. She is also survived by her siblings Svend (Krista), Kris (Lila), Lis (Bob), Jan (Donna) and nieces and nephews Renei (Dave), Ivan (Candice), Sarah (Randy), Dale (Jane), Dwain (Eveline), and Jenny (Rob).


Mary was predeceased by her parents Neils and Karen Madsen and her little sister Christina.

On behalf of her family we would like to thank Linda Louie, the Doctor’s and Nurses at Kootenay Lake Hospital who helped Mary and us through this journey. Mary would also like us to especially thank Dr. Merritt, Dr. Malpass, Dr. Hoegler and the chemo nurses who gave her the additional time to spend with those she loved. We would also like to thank the many friends who came by to visit Mary and support us through this tough time.


At Mary’s request a service will not be held, however donations may be made to Kootenay Lake Hospital at 3 View Street, Nelson BC V1L 2V1