Mary (Marie-Anne) Valliere
May 26, 1956 – September 19, 2023
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mary Valliere on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, age 67 with family by her side.
Mary was Elphege and Madeleine’s third child; born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. She had a rough start in life, but she was a fighter and defied all the odds given to her at birth. When the family moved to Port Arthur in 1965, Mary was quick to learn to speak English and make new friends. She attended Cornwall School and Gron Morgan High. She went on to work at Anna’s Sauna, Thunder Bay Restaurant, Playtime Lanes and Kangas Sauna. Mary was a super hard worker who took pride in doing a good job.
She had a heart of gold and even though she never had much, she would have given the shirt off her back to anyone she thought might need it. She never had a bad word to say about anyone or anything and always kept a positive attitude no matter how her day was going.
Mary was a kind and happy soul who will be truly missed by her mother, Madeleine Valliere; her sisters, Beatrice Petruk, Nicole Hall (Williams Lake, B.C.), Fran Parker, Renee Valliere, Line Valliere, Lise Verboom (Parksville, B.C.), Roseanne Jacobsen; brothers Paul Valliere (Oshawa, ON), Bernie Valliere (Calgary, AB); and long-time partner and soul mate, Mike Donohue.
Mary was predeceased by her father Elphege in 1977, and her younger brother, Ben who passed away suddenly on June 24, 2023, in Calgary, AB.
Sincere thanks to Thunder Bay EMS Staff who transported Mary to the hospital, all the doctors and nurses on 2B at the Regional Hospital, and staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice for all the considerate care you gave Mary in her final hours.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at the North End Community Centre, 954 Huron Avenue on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. All are cordially invited to join the family and share memories and stories about Mary and Ben. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.sargentandson.com.