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BECIR, Mara (Mary)

January 6, 1925 – February 18, 2016

Mara passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on Thursday, February 18, 2016 in the loving arms of her granddaughter, Carmen Lloydsmith.  Mara was born in Croatia, one of five children.  She and her two children, Ann and Frank, came to Canada in October, 1960 to join her husband, Frank, in Nanaimo, BC.  Mara was a loving woman who treasured her family, friends, neighbours and relatives.  Always ready with a kind word, a hot meal, and a willingness to help Mara was deeply loved by all who were a part of her life.  She made friends easily and was always quick with a thank you or a kind word.  Her extraordinary faith in God was unwavering and she spent many hours reading her favourite passages from the Bible.  She was a beautifully creative person and her exquisite needlepoint, sewing, crocheting, and stitching remind those who loved her of her remarkable spirit.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren, dispensing loving advice.  She was a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union, in Nanaimo and Ladies Auxiliary of St. Peter’s Church.

She moved to Delta, BC from Nanaimo in 2004 to be close to her family where she resided until her passing.  She will be sadly missed.

Predeceased by her husband, Frank Becir.

Survived by her children, Ann Stivoric, daughter and husband Michael, Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Frank Becir, and his wife Cheryl, Ladner, BC; grandchildren John (Ivo) Stivoric and his wife Jenna, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Jennifer Hart and her husband Tom, Pewaukee, Wisconsin; Brad Becir and his wife Andrea, Tsawwassen, BC; Carmen Lloydsmith and her husband Steve, Tsawwassen, BC; great-grandchildren, Peyton and Tyler Hart, Pewaukee, Wisconsin; Ivica and Marjanna Stivoric, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Visitation will take place on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1 Newcastle Avenue, Nanaimo.  Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 26 at 11:00 am at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 301 Machleary Street, Nanaimo, then Burial at Nanaimo Municipal Cemetery, followed by a Reception. Details to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC, 828 West 8th Avenue #300, Vancouver, BC  V5Z 1E2.

Delta Funeral Home (604) 946-6040

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