Muriel Agnes MacKay-Ross entered into eternal peace on Friday, January 25, 2013 in her beloved Nanaimo.

Muriel was born in Nanaimo on April 17, 1922. She was the only remaining child of nine born to Jane and Samuel Beck.

In 1986, she was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Gordon “Sandy” MacKay and in 2002, her second husband Jim Ross.

Muriel was dedicated to making Nanaimo a better place to live and was the consummate volunteer. Her efforts on behalf of others and involvement in the community were recognized by being named Woman of the Year, Citizen of the Year, receiving the BC Community Achievement Award and being made a Freeman of the City of Nanaimo. While she was humbled by all the life memberships and honors recognizing her individual contributions she was always aware that community development was only accomplished through partnerships, and she strove to build good relationships and friendships with all she met.

Muriel was a lifelong communicant of St. Paul’s Anglican Church. She was proud being a 65 year member of Eastern Star, singing with Sweet Adelines, and volunteering for her community. She was a very kind soul; she had a loving and generous heart, and was always thinking of and giving to others.

She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her devoted daughters, Gayle and Alisen; her sons by marriage, Ron Magrath, Prince George, BC and Rick Reeve of Courtenay, BC; her loving grandsons and their wives, Geoffrey and Shana Magrath, Brian and Denise Magrath; and her five great grandchildren who she delighted in and loved being called their “Gran Nan”: Jenna, Alexis, Christopher, Mathew, and Liam Magrath of Prince George, BC; numerous family, a wealth of friends and her cat Pepper, a very best friend.

The family is grateful to Dover House and their exceptional staff for the kind and compassionate care.

A service of remembrance will take place at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 100 Chapel Street on February 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Anglican Church Curacy/Building Trust; the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division.

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