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Mary Cecelia Lightfoot (Adams)

August 7, 1915 - July 19, 2014


Mary Lightfoot was born Mary Cecelia Adams on the 7th August 1915, in Ladybrand, South Africa.  Her twin brother did not survive.

Mary died on 19 July 2014 at nearly 99 years of age.  She was pre-deceased by her younger brother, Naimie, her daughter, Rosemary and her husband Victor Lightfoot (Sr).  She is survived by her younger sister Sadie Cusick [96 years old, living in Windhoek, Namibia], son Cliff Lightfoot (Florence), daughter Marian Tate and son Vic Lightfoot (Janet).  Other family members are grandchildren Tracey Kelly (S. Africa), Janine Davies (Mike) and Heath Lightfoot (Nicole), Brandon Tate, David Tate, Miranda Carriere (Brian),  Great grandchildren include Gregory and Christopher Kelly (S. Africa, ), Kyle, Shane, and Shanae Hunt, Kirsch and Aurum Lightfoot, Ava and Cameron Carriere.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank ‘adopted’ family members, Barb Pedersen, and her children, Jon (Ashley), Jeremy (My Le), Danny and Jesse for their love and support.

Mary was raised in Bloemfontein and Kimberly, South Africa.  The Spanish Flu took her mother away from her at age 3.  Her family was blended with another bereaved family.  Due to difficult circumstances Mary found herself, at a young age, along with her younger brother and sister, being raised in a Catholic convent.

Mary married Victor Lightfoot Sr. in Johannesberg, SA on October 12, 1942;.Mary and her family moved to Uranium City, SK, in Canada in 1976, later moving to Port Coquitlam, BC, and Port Moody.  Their next move took them to Campbell River, BC on Vancouver Island, before coming to the East Kootenays in 1998.

Mary was a little lady with a big heart.  For sixty years she valued her privilege to help many in the communities where she lived to come to know the Bible’s hope for a secure future by means of Jehovah God’s Kingdom.

A memorial service was conducted at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Cranbrook, B. C. at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014.

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From: Paul & Deborah Johnson
Relation: friends of the family

So sorry to hear of your loss of a very sweet, great lady. To live almost to 100 years is a remarkable thing indeed. We yearn for the time when she wakes up strong and healthy and feisty, ready to do whatever work is going on. Never forget our strong hope as you cope with Mary’s loss in the days ahead. Our warm sympathy and love to you and your family, Paul and Deborah

From: Janine Davies
Relation: My Grandmother

My Gran was full of life, full of zeal for the truth. She is an example to us all as she always thought of the good in people, did not gossip and was quite positive. Even in her later years, when I asked how she was feeling, she always said ‘as good as can be expected for my age, Janine’. I always told her good things come in small packages and she just laughed. She had such a contagious laugh, it made others laugh around her. I loved her cooking, she was such a wonderful cook, and I learned so many things from her. My gran would tell me stories of her growing up and she told them in such a way that she never put anyone down. Gran was very special and she has gone through so much but yet still managed to maintain her zeal and integrity for our God, Jehovah. I can’t wait to see my dear sweet Gran come back to us in much better conditions, young and vibrant once again. I will always hold fond memories for my Gran in my heart. I thank Jehovah for the privilege of having such a beautiful person be my Grandmother and also having her with us for so long.

From: Chris & Tracine Belanger
Relation: Friend

Dear Vic, Janet, and the rest of the family,

We wish to express our condolences. Mary was such as sweet and charming sister who loved Jehovah and demonstrated it by being faithful for so many years.
She was proof that “good things come in small packages” and she lit up a room just from her sweet personality and kind disposition.
we love you very much,

Chris & Tracine Belanger

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