It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Mary Anne Speed.
Amazing Grace piped beautifully through her home on Sunday, October 31, 2021 as she passed away peacefully with her loving family by her bedside.
Mary Anne is survived and will be dearly missed by her two children, Debbie (Peter) and Daryl (Korena); her five grandchildren, Stephanie (Adam), Emily (Linus), Randall, Amy and Ethan; her two great-grandchildren, Ella and Addisyn; her two brothers, Kenneth (Heather) and John (Lois); in addition, her nieces, nephews and countless friends.
Mary Anne was predeceased by her mother Winsome McLeod in 1984 and her father Ross McLeod in 1998.
Mary Anne described her life as rich and full; one in which she believed she got a second chance at 35 years ago when she made the courageous and conscious decision to enter a life of sobriety and recovery.
In her 35-year recovery journey, Mary Anne completed her Healing Touch Practitioner course, skills she later used in her volunteer work with Hospice; and completed a self-mastery course in meditation. In her years of recovery, she learned the gift of listening and often said, “when one listens with an open heart, one can respond with a loving heart”. The words that best describe our mother are “welcoming, non-judgemental, loving, and accepting.”
Mom/Grams, even though you are not here physically, you are far from gone. Your presence will continue to light the way for everyone who has been fortunate enough to know you. Thank you for waking up each day and choosing to lead with love.
Our family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Heunis, the palliative team (Laura) and Dr. Glanville.
A Celebration of Life will be held on May 22, 2022 at Mary Anne’s residence.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice and the Cancer Society.
In memory of our mother, our family also encourages family and friends to offer an act of kindness or community service
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