Mary Agatha Wiest passed away peacefully at Mountain Lakes Seniors Community on February 26, 2014. Mary was born and raised in Aberdeen, South Dakota by her parents William and Daisy Mullally. Even though it was during the Great Depression, she had many fond memories of early life in Aberdeen and the strong bond that was developed with her 10 brothers and sisters. Mary left home after high school to attend St. Catherine’s Hospital School of Nursing where in 1947 she completed her nursing degree.
Mary started her working career in Omaha, Nebraska. It was while nursing that she met the love of her life; an injured Canadian professional hockey player playing for the Omaha Knights, Robert (Bob)Wiest. Bob and Mary wed on June 14, 1948 in Aberdeen. As a married couple they moved to a number of cities in the United States and Canada while Bob was playing hockey before settling in South Slocan, BC. During this time Mary postponed her career to raise their four children.
Mary resumed nursing in Nelson. When the family moved to Trail in 1967 she took on a nursing position at the Trail Hospital. During her nursing career in Trail she was promoted to head nurse of the 3rd floor. Mary was held in high regard for her nursing skills and abilities and developed many close friendships with her fellow nurses that lasted her entire life. She was fondly remembered by the many patients she cared for.
In her retirement she was known for bragging about her children and grandchildren. Mary is survived by her sons Robert (Barbara), Stephen (Sharon), and Paul (Brenda) and her 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by husband Robert, daughter Jeanne, and a few brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be presided by Father Jim McHugh at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Trail, BC. Prayers are on Sunday at 7:00 pm March 2, 2014 and the funeral will be on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.
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