Mary MacNeilage Brewin

November 27, 1926 - May 2, 2019

Funeral Details: May 24, 2019 at 11 a.m. St. Theodore's Anglican Church in Taber, Alberta.

On Thursday, May 2nd, Mary MacNeilage Brewin, loving mother and nana, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 92.

Mary was born on November 27th, 1926 in Thorpe-le-Soken, England to Francis and Jeanie Hannah. After an adventurous childhood growing up on a farm in Weely Hill, Mary completed her schooling to become a midwife and registered nurse before immigrating to Canada in 1955, where she practiced nursing for 15 years. On September 14th, 1960 she married Frederick John (Jack) Brewin. They raised a daughter, Jean, and two sons, Jack and Neil.

Mary’s passion for life was her defining feature. Her green thumb and love of nature meant that she was often outdoors doting on her many plants. Mary ensured that there was always a hardy meal waiting for the farm crew and anyone else who showed up. She loved to keep busy with puzzles and crosswords, and always had her nose deep in a book. On cold winter days she could be found sitting by the fire, under a warm blanket, drinking hot tea while watching TCM. One of Mary’s greatest joys was watching her children and grandchildren play sports, especially hockey, and always kept updated on how Canadian NHL teams were doing. She was known for her quick wit, infectious smile, and kind and compassionate spirit.

Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband, Frederick John. She will forever be remembered by her three children, Jean (Bob) Petrushewsky of Barrie, Ontario and their children Sarah (Braden) and Katie; Jack (Kim Christensen and daughter Sierra) of Taber and his children Jordan (Alanna) and Meagan; and Neil (Candi) Brewin of Lethbridge and their children Robert (Brittany) and Eric; sister Jean (Green) and brother Francis (Hannah) and their children.

A celebration of life will be held on May 24th at 11:00am at St. Theodore's Anglican Church in Taber, Alberta. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Mary’s name may be made directly to the Advanced Cardiac Care unit at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario by following the instructions at



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  • Karen moriarty
    Posted on: Monday, May 6, 2019 Reply

    Jean I would like you to know how sorry I am for your loss. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You are a wonderful daughter and have always provided all the love and support any mother would want. I am sure you and your family will feel some comfort as you share all your wonderful memories as you celebrate her life. Take care.

  • Janet Preston
    Posted on: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Reply

    Jean, Jack, and Neil, we are very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Lots of good memories on the farm when Dad and Mum brought us out for a visit (Alfred and Lillian) take care Janet (kent,jim, jennifer and families)

  • Mark Brewin
    Posted on: Monday, May 20, 2019 Reply

    My most sincere condolences. She was a wonderful person.

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