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McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home & Chapel

1411 Hunt Club Road, Ottawa, ON

OBITUARY

Mary Lee Al-Molky

May 26, 1964May 13, 2020

Beloved Daughter of Leslie & Frances Al-Molky (Peakin), sister of Jody Lynn Al-Molky (Steve Betts) and devoted mother to Mackenzie Klein. She leaves a heartbroken fiancée Pascal Ribot of Ottawa and her nephew Zachary Betts of Vancouver. She was predeceased by loving grandparents Anthony and Violet Peakin (Ironside) of Portage La Prairie, MB and Abraham and Madeline Al-Molky (Byrne) of Dartmouth, NS. She is mourned by her beloved aunts Marilee McKnight of Edmonton and Joanne Eilers (Peakin); and by her “Uncle Bob” Eilers of Winnipeg and Uncle Rob Al-Molky of Upper Coomera, Australia. Mary was born in Baden Soellingen, Germany to Air Force parents and far from support of grandparents and family. She did not meet them for another three years, but from that time on revered her Grammie Peakin for the rest of her life.

Mary was a fantastic hairstylist in Bells Corners for many years and became friends with all her clients. She carried those friendships through her two-year battle with cancer. Mary was a long time member of GoodLife Fitness in Barrhaven and exercised until the end of her life. The week before her passing she was walking for an hour a day.

She died as she lived, surrounded by her family and Pascal, the love of her life, who was her rock through the ordeal of cancer. Her friends Francyne & Andy Ladouceur, Mary Good, Michelle Martin, Heather McDonald and Jane Tetu gave her strength during her long fight.

We will miss her beauty that shone like a beacon when she entered a room. A Celebration of Life will be held on a date after the Pandemic.

Mary has been cremated and her ashes will be scattered at a place she chose, a quiet cove for her indomitable spirit. She called it her happy place.

Services

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Steve BETTS

May 26, 2020

Dear Fran, Les, Pacal and Mac,
When you marry into a family, you don't get to choose your sister-in-law but I would've chosen Mary. I'm grateful for all the times we shared as an extended family over the years, and will always have images of her smiling and laughing. I will miss the intellect she expressed so vividly with her signature wit and keen ability to observe the humour in life with all its complications.
I admire very much the way she carried herself through the last two difficult years. Before she was struck by illness, she was going through an autumn of life renaissance and we were so happy to see her happy and looking forward to the next chapter.
Please know we are across the country grieving alongside you. We remember Mary fondly, and with love every day.
Steve

Lynn Davenport Greer

May 25, 2020

I was shocked and extremely saddened to hear about Mary. She always met me with open arms... huge hugs, and always interested in the goings on of our family. She styled my hair from 1986 ( along with our four children: Sarah, Scott, Andrew and Timothy) until recently.
She was a beautiful lady from inside to out and will truly be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Lovingly,
Ian and Lynn Davenport Greer
Sarah, Scott, Andrew and Timothy

Lorne and Joanne MacAulay

May 25, 2020

Dear Les, Fran, Jody, Pascal and Mac!
Although we haven't had the pleasure of meeting Mary, our thoughts and prayers have been with you all! We have learned that Mary is a cherished daughter, sister and devoted mother. Over the past 2 years, Mary has shown a positive attitude, a wonderful sense of humour, and having a tremendous amount of courage throughout her illness. She will be dearly missed! May all of you find comfort in the days ahead, sharing fond memories of Mary.
With love,
Lorne and Joanne

Anthony Marchment

May 25, 2020

It is so hard to believe the time with Mary is over.  It started so many years ago, with her baby sitting my sister and I as kids.  That relationship continued many years later as we both ended up in Ottawa.  I look back on all those wonderful memories and already feel the void that now exists. I will cherish and miss the times I spent with her.  Mary lit up the world and the people around her and the world is a much better place because of her. 

My thoughts are with Les/Fran/Mack/Pascal though this difficult time.  

Anthony Marchment

Sue Lively

May 25, 2020

Dear Les, Fran, Jody, Mack and Pascal,

There are no words I can use to convey my heartfelt condolences to all of you. You lost a unique, beautiful, courageous, loving woman, a light in a sometimes grey world. I have only a few shared memories of Mary in family gatherings and though fleeting, those moments were enough to recognize her beautiful, accepting, down to earth, open, and fun spirit that will live on in the hearts of all who had the pleasure of loving her. My and my family's only way of extending help was in prayer. I know we were just a few among many who sent up prayers for Mary and we are still praying for Mary and for all of you.

Sue Lively

Jo_Anne Eilers

May 24, 2020

For months our extended family followed Mary's battle with cancer, unable to offer help except in prayer.Les, Fran, Jody and Pascal fought along with Mary, caring for her with such love, devotion, strength and tenacity. All my life I have looked up to my big sister Frannie and brother Les, but never more than now. They,along with Pascal and Jody, have shown us what love and family are meant to be.
I have 55 years of Mary memories.
I remember anxiously waiting to hear of her birth, and then waiting three more years to meet her.
I remember her, blankie in hand, cuddled on the couch with Les, Jody and Bob to watch Saturday cartoons.
I remember her "styling " Uncle Bob's hair and comparing nose smushing talents.
I remember her dancing at our wedding when she claimed Vincent as her exclusive partner for the evening. And at her 5th birthday party when she explained to Michael O. that it was her party and he must dance.
I remember her dabbing holy water behind her ears as she entered church.
I remember her tracing figure 8s on the ice wearing a dainty little skating skirt and the biggest mitts ever.
I remember how her cousins anticipated her visits and enjoyed her shenanigans. Who could forget our Christmas reunion when they met her with at the airport with a "Welcome Miss Nude Canada" sign, or when she and Les performed an impromptu pas de deux.
I remember the humour and laughter she brought to celebrations and "feeding frenzies"
I remember when she introduced us to Mackenzie, her pride and joy, at Kris's wedding, and I remember how she enjoyed watching Mac dance with his cousins at Susan's wedding.
An enduring memory is of Mom and Dad, sitting on his hospital bed, opening their Christmas gift from Germany, a tiny slide viewer with photos of Jody and her new sister Mary. Laughing and crying, they looked at those images again and again, so happy to see those beloved, yet so distant granddaughters.
Now they hold Mary with that same joy and love.

Robert Al-Molky

May 23, 2020

I always remember that very first day they returned from Germany,I met this wonderful vibrant young girl who I knew would be loved by family and many friends.She went on to loved dearly by Mum and Dad and sis Jody and Mac her son.She also met the love of her life in Pascal.You know she was loved by the number of friends she had.I will always have fond memories which I can still share with Mum and Dad. love Lyn and Rob and Family,Australia.

Marilee McKnight

May 22, 2020

With the loss of my beautiful niece,I have lost part of my heart. I didn’t meet her until she was about three, and oh she was such a cutie. She looked like a little Fran. So many good memories of her with her wonderful humor and kindness and loving nature. I was unaware of her powerful strength and unbelievable bravery until she fought this terrible disease with all she had. I am so very sad that she is no longer with us, but she will always be in our hearts and I know she is now at peace in the arms of her Grammies.

Rina Mafrici

May 22, 2020

I have known Mary for the past 10 years. She was my hairdresser (the best) and a good friend. I loved to spend the two hours with her every 4 weeks and chat over what was going on in our lives. Mary always had a good word to say, her calm dominion made any conversation very easy, but most of all I loved the laughs we shared. I will treasure these memories ! Hearing of her passing has left me with a broken heart. I know that she is now in peace and watching over all the special people that touched her life. Rest in peace my friend.

Pasca Ribot

May 21, 2020

I remember the first time we meet. Mary looked at me and smiled. At that moment we started on this journey. You became my best friend, my biggest supporter. You are my person. I fell in love with you more and more every day. I have many great memories that I will cherish. I will always remember the sparkle that you had in your eyes. How you loved life and took on any challenge. You are the best person I know and Heaven is a better place with you there. I will miss you and never forget you. Love you Babe.

FROM THE FAMILY

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