Mary Neva (nee Jewula)

February 1, 1926 – February 28, 2019
Mary passed peacefully in the early morning of February 28, in her 93rd year. She will be dearly missed by her surviving children; Gordon (Susanne), Susan (former spouse Mike). Also survived by six grandchildren; Wendy, Doug (Darcie), Cheryl (Troy), Gord (Jen), Corbin (Jen) and Braden. Along with nine great-grandchildren, and eight nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents John & Sophia Jewula, her three brothers; Johnny, Stanley, Joe, and their spouses. In-laws Einar & Sofia Neva, brother- in-law Nels, sister-in-law Shirley, grandson Davin and in 2011, by her husband of 64 years Sven (Swan).

Mary was born in Nanaimo to Polish immigrants. She learned to speak English at age five when she started school. Playing the mandolin, dancing and ice-skating kept Mary active while growing up. After her schooling, she was employed in the office of Royal City Laundry.

It was in 1946 when she met Sven and the following year in Sept. 1947 she married and moved from the city to the wilderness of Lake Cowichan. For 64 years Mary shared the load of growing and running their trucking business. Mary had a sign on the wall just inside the door; “DO YOU WANT TO TALK TO THE MAN IN CHARGE, OR THE WOMAN THAT KNOWS WHAT’S GOING ON?” Besides being the bookkeeper, parts runner and chauffeur to the kids, Mom enjoyed sports and music.

In her younger married years, she bowled, curled, played badminton, and skated with the kids on the frozen ponds in the winter. Mary was involved in various community organizations and Service Clubs. During her early years in the Lake, Mom was a member of the Drama Club, and she stepped up to be a Cub-Scout leader during the 50’s. She was active in the L.C. Kinette Club and when President, travelled the Island to Inter-Club with other Clubs.

Mom was an active member of the Scandinavian Club, directing many meetings over the years. She loved the comradery of everyone working together having fun, which always included the kids. Decorating floats and dawning ethnic costumes, She, Swan and the others, danced through the parade route entertaining the people of Lake Cowichan year after year!

Mary was a proud and supportive grandmother. Whether it was their musical interest’s or sport competitions, she attended or kept up with everything the grandchildren were involved in.

She also loved travel; and with Swan in tow, they visited many countries in the world.

Mom spent the past three years at Acacia TyMawr. She loved her new family, enjoyed outings and daily activities. We are so thankful for the care, attention and love that made it possible for mom to keep her quick wit and off the cuff humor to the end! Her soul was infused with love, music and a zest for life, which she never lost. And we will never forget!

There will be no service by Mary’s request. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a Community Organization, an Active Service Club or a Charity that’s close to your heart!


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