Mary Agnus Thorgrimson
Mary Agnus Thorgrimson nee Routlegle passed away peacefully November 11, 2019 at the age of 94. The family will always be indebted to the compassionate and caring staff (kindly know as her angels) at the Pinecrest Home for the aged. Mary was born May 6, 1925 at 103 Burnhouse Street Mayhill Glasgow Scotland.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 58 years Frank Paul Thorgrimson, her sons Frank, Paul (Toby) and Charles (Tibby). Mary was a devoted mother who always put her children ahead of herself, they were her life.
Mary was beyond proud of all her grandchildren and always said she loved them exactly the same but in different ways. Cooking came early at the age of 12 and continued at Shandrick house, Cromerty Castle, and Invergordon in Glasgow. Her speciality was cinnamon buns which was passed along to her granddaughter Joelle at the age of 3 when her mom Cathy brought her over for visits. Mary was a war bride and came to Canada after WWII on the Empire Brent. As a homemaker and raising her children Mary ran the Ojibway thunderbird shop in Keewatin. Later on in life she worked at the Lake of the District hospital as their head cook. After many years she retired and found great joy and peace in her garden, amongst her flowers. She would jokingly say “I’m not much of a Gardner but my flowers don’t know that so they would grow no matter what I do or don’t do.” Mary was truly gifted which showed in her beautiful creations of quilts, crocheting, knitting and projects which she shared with many family and friends.
Mary was a devoted sister, the eldest of six to John, Eddie and Billy Routledge, Sadie Walsh and Betty Uquart. She is the last of the clan to join her beloved along with her mother and father, Mary Miller Armstrong and John Adam Routledge.
Mary is survived by her devoted sons, daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews. Philip Pat (Brain and Chris Prouty), Jim (Joelle and Mitchel) David ( Bobbi, Martini/ Derek/Bishop Jimmie/Jayme , David, Theresa/children) Joey (Joanne) Mary (Rob and Landon Nasedkin) Grande Prairie Alberta Little Paul (Karen) Edmonton Alberta Robert (Cara, Jacob and Natalie) Edmonton Alberta Justin and children B.C Sean (Michelle Moore and family) Toronto Kalya BC.
The family would like to thank: Dr.Diamond for her many years of care, compassion and friendship. Mom truly felt safe and secure having her as her doctor and felt blessed.
Dawn Francis who shared a special bond for many years and helped care for her effortlessly and treated her with the upmost dignity and respect. For that the family will forever be thankful. Shirley Rumpel, mom’s kind friend, who spent many hours showing her kindness and love. Annette, Pauline and Helen, dear friends from Pinecrest, who shared many stories around their dining room table. Mary will always be remembered for her fisty spirit, quick mind and storytelling over a cup of tea. Mary put pen to paper at the age of 90-92 and wrote 2 books, “The Eagle and the Rose” and “The Three Eagles.” As a young war bride Mary wrote about her life and Frank’s life. We were all so proud of her. This just added to her great accomplishments. She always said their biggest accomplishments was their clan. As a child when Mary could not sleep her father would sing her this lullaby. Rest peacefully until we all meet again.
“Flow gently sweet afton among the green braes.
Flow gently I’ll sing thee a song in thy praise.
My Mary’s asleep by thy murmuring stream.
Flow gently sweet afton disturb not her dream.”
Brach Gra (Everlasting Love)