Mary Prystash (nee Ferbey)

July 11, 1922- November 2, 2014

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Mary Prystash (nee Ferbey) on November 2nd at St. Joseph’s extended care unit.

Mary was born on July 11, 1922 in Mundare, Alberta. She attended school there and helped work around the house supporting the family. Later she moved to Winnipeg to be with her future husband, Willem Prystash.

Willem, as a member of the Canadian Armed forces, became stationed in Nanaimo for a period of time. The west coast was very much to their liking and in 1960 they moved to Victoria to take up jobs at the Dockyard.

They spent many happy years in Victoria, going out, travelling, and visiting their daughter and grandchildren.

In 2007 they moved to Comox to be closer to their daughter Faye Wouterlood and grandchildren Rod Vajai, Lisa Bognar, Chris Wouterlood and Melissa Wouterlood and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even four great-great-grandchildren.

A very amazing statistic in Mary’s life is that before her passing, she became the matriarch to 5 generations.

Mary is survived by her daughter Faye (Frank) Wouterlood and predeceased by her husband Willem Prystash, brothers George and Randy Ferbey; sisters Lilly Fundytus, Phyllis Shandley and brother-in-law Orest Fundytus.

A celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at 2pm at Comox Valley Funeral Home, 1101 Ryan Rd. with internment to follow. A reception will be held at the Wouterlood residence in Merville.

The family would like to thank the St. Joseph’s staff for their excellent care and compassion Mary received during her stay there.


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