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Obituary for Mary Stevenson (Patterson)

Mary  Stevenson (Patterson)
Mary Adams Stevenson, age 91, died peacefully at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre on Wednesday, July 26th, 2023, after a brief illness. She was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, in 1932 to Ina Macnee and the future Justice Frank Harris Patterson, and spent most of her life there. Stricken with polio at an early age, she nonetheless had a wonderful childhood with her dog Happy and great friends. Her happiest time was studying political science and education as an undergraduate at Dalhousie University, engaging in philosophical discussions with friends over coffee and starring in glee club reviews. She taught school before leaving to raise her two children. After they left home Mary served on the Colchester Hospital Foundation Board and the Residential Tenancies Board. Later she was elected to the Colchester East Hants School Board, where she served as chair for many years.

Mary was very close with her sister, Bunny, five years her senior, who always tried to take care of her (although Mary admitted she wasn't always appreciative). She loved her summers at the Patterson homestead in Tatamagouche, where she spent time whenever she could. Mary enjoyed crossword puzzles, sudoku, and duplicate bridge, reading mystery novels, and watching British television. She very much appreciated the many friends who stayed in touch and visited her and in her later years. To the end Mary was a constant source of love, humour, and support to her family. She is greatly missed.

Mary is survived by her former husband, David Roy Stevenson; their two children, John Harris Stevenson and Anne Marion Stevenson; and her grandson, Joshua David Elliott. She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Edith "Bunny" Patterson.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Colchester East Hants Public Library Foundation, the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, or the charity of your choice.