Mary Alexandra Bere (Horton)
August 24th, 1923 – November 25th, 2020
“One remarkable lady”
On November 25th, 2020, Mary Alexandra Bere (nee Horton) made her departure from this world, at the age of 97, from Stratford General Hospital. She has left an indelible mark in her universe with her indomitable, magnanimous, independent and adventurous spirit, clothed in the most brilliant smile.
Mary merged her love and delight for her family with a vibrant life of activity, world travel and
life-long learning. Her seven children with her husband Orland Bere (deceased 1965) -Marybelle (Dwight), John (Maylin), Ruth (Jim), Gerald (deceased 2004) (Reta), David (Dorothy), Kate (Andrew deceased 2009), and James (Tracey) – eighteen grandchildren (deceased, John Aldham 2019 / Greg Aldham 2009) and eighteen great-grandchildren were all beneficiaries of Mary’s unconditional love. Mary became the loving matriarch presiding over the Bere clan.
Born to Rachel (Stothers) and Henry Horton on August 24th, 1923 at Clinton Hospital, Mary was an only child. From age twelve through eighteen, Mary lived with her Uncle Steve Stothers and family in Arthur, Ontario. Mary then applied to attend Normal Teaching School, subsequently beginning her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in West Wawanosh Township, and later, taught for 26 years at Brookside Public School near Dungannon, Ontario. Mary’s early career decision forged a lifelong close friendship with her roommate Ruth Schmidt and later, love with Orland, whom she married in 1944, becoming a farmer and, eventually, mother of seven.
Mary was proud to attain her B.A. in 1985 after a decade of taking courses. As a special education teacher, Mary was highly successful precisely because she was patient, kind, gifted herself, and attentive to each of her students. A lover of books, Mary remained interested in local and world affairs throughout her life. She sang with the MacKay Choristers, was a nimble knitter, painter and fiercely competitive scrabble player, even to her final year. Mary was a prodigious letter-writer, and one could always count on receiving news clippings relevant to the
receiver. Proving herself a unifying force in the world, Mary was always doing something for those in need. She loved life passionately, even until her final day. Most of all, Mary formed many lasting valued relationships that demonstrated her love, intelligence, wry wit, and generosity of spirit.
Our sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses at Stratford General Hospital, as well as to the staff at Huronview and at Goderich Place, all of whom took exceptional care of Mary through her later years. The remarkable woman with the remarkable smile has left the building, but the love she has left in her wake will continue to grow in cherished memories of Mary.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. ON. 519-271-7411. www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
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