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In Memory of Mary Helen Zulps

November 11, 1936 – January 28, 2023

Early Saturday morning Mary slipped away while basked in the love of family and friends, sending back all that love too. There was no doubt in her mind of the love for her, and her gratitude and love was profoundly displayed. 

Her cause of death was everything, all at once.  She lived her life without limitations or regrets up until her last week, where she rapidly came to accept her fate, but while knowing that she left an impact on the lives of her family and friends.  Anyone that knew Mary knows they will forever carry a part of her within them.

Mary joins her brother Eugene (only 4 years old), sisters Wallis and Hermina, her son Richard. She is survived by her sons Albert (Kim) and Norman (Kathy), her nieces  Jessica, Claudia, and Lola, her brother Steve, and her many relatives and extended family from her roots as an immigrant polish farm girl in Saskatchewan.

She touched many more as a school principal in the Yukon and a school teacher and postal worker in West and North Vancouver, as well as many others in her travels around the globe, including her adopted family in Argentina.  She was an adventurer until the end,  with a trip to Machu Picchu chartered. 

Mary could be described as forgiving, accepting, super intelligent (don’t ever ask her about her IQ), adventurous, funny, mischievous, talkative,  and most importantly, loving. 

We will miss you Mary, Ma, Grandma, Friend.  

In lieu of flowers please donate to cancer research, your local library as she had a passion for books, or to your favorite charity in Mary’s honor.

A memorial is being planned for springtime



  • Carol Moore
    Posted February 1, 2023 at 10:36 pm

    Condolences to Albert, Norman and your families.
    The world will sincerely be missing Auntie Mary’s beautiful, adventurous spirit. Growing up, visits from Auntie Mary, were always an occasion. Such a colorful, zesty, breath of fresh air she always brought. All of these pictures are so her. Brings a smile to my face. One of my favorite memories of of driving her to Bruno from Saskatoon. I’m sure you can picture this…Mary with her head out the window of the car, smelling the blooming lilacs, telling stories and smoking. We laughed and laughed the whole hour trip. Such a spitfire.
    My daughter Jenny remembers her as the Auntie that loved roasted marshmallows as much as she does. Mary even told how to roast them in the winter inside. She, along with all of the kids were enamored of Auntie Mary.
    Thank you Mary, for always being such a shining example of living life to the fullest.
    You will be missed greatly.
    Rest in Peace, sweet Auntie.
    Love you.❤️

  • Dawn Johnson
    Posted February 2, 2023 at 12:50 am

    I send my deepest sympathies to Aunt Mary’s family. May you be surrounded by comfort and may your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of her. My heart goes out to you!

    She was such a lovely lady. I loved her spirit! She knew how to make you laugh. She was loving and daring and full of life. She taught me how to dive when I was a child and how to line dance when I was a teenager. How exciting is it when your Great Aunt Mary comes for a visit and goes roller blading with you! She was so energetic and adventurous. A visit with her was never boring!

    These pictures describe her so well! The adventure, the silliness, her contagious smile and her drive to have fun and experience life in full.

    I didn’t get to see her very often but when I did it was as if no time had gone by. She was easy to talk to. I will remember her with a warm heart, great fondness and plenty of smiles as, I am sure, will so many others whom she was dearly loved by.

    A lovely, beautiful person. She has a special place in my heart and she will be missed!
    Love you Auntie Mary! ❤️

  • Lily Lee
    Posted April 16, 2023 at 1:06 am

    Miss you so much Mary, we are missing a great friend, teammate and a very patient and great bowling teacher.

    Rest in peace Mary
    From the Rockers (bowling team)

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