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Day, Beatrice "Molly" Mary
June 18, 1922 - November 2, 2017
Service:Friday, November 10, 2017
1:30 pm
A memorial to celebrate Mollie’s life is planned for 1:30 p.m., Friday, November 10, at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mountain House
Notice:  Memorial donations in Beatrice’s (Molly’s) name may be made to the SPCA Society.


Beatrice “Mollie” Day passed away at the Rocky Health Care Centre on November 2, 2017 at the age of 95 years. Her final days were spent surrounded by her caregivers, friends and family.
Mollie was born in Armagh, Northern Ireland, to Charles and Beatrice (Bea) Slade on 18th June 1922, where her father was serving in the army. She was always known as Mollie, which is an Irish form of Mary. She weighed only four pounds at birth. She was born exactly a year after her brother, Cecil.
After her father left the army, he and Bea bought a house near Reading, England and this is where Mollie grew up. After leaving school, Mollie went to Salisbury teacher training college, which her aunts Alice and Nellie had previously attended. She then taught at a small village school in Devon, children up to age 11, for several years. She had always been gifted at arts and crafts, and encouraged by her brother, Cecil, she left her job to do a year's arts and crafts course in Brighton. She then got a post teaching at a secondary school in Derby. When her father died in 1961, she obtained a deputy head post at a school near Reading, so she could return home and support her mother, who died in 1968. Mollie’s Aunt Floss had married Peter Grant and lived in Rocky Mountain House. They had three children: Hamish, Pat and Peggy. A neighbour and his son were planning a visit to the UK and Floss suggested they stayed with her sisters Alice and Nellie. Mollie lived opposite and offered to show them around. This was, of course, Joe Day and his dad. Mollie had a small English car, which Joe found both amusing and uncomfortable. The friendship blossomed. Mollie and Joe married in St Peters church near Reading in May 1971, and soon Mollie began a new chapter of her life with her move to Canada. Mollie absolutely loved her many years on the farm with Joe, although it took her awhile to get used to the long Canadian winters. She spoke often of the wonderful road trips she and Joe would take through the Rocky Mountains every summer. Of course, she relished the visits from family and friends from England.
She had many passions, including reading, gardening, sewing, needlework, the Book Club and swimming. Mollie’s love of nature and animals is renowned in the
community, and her many cats have lived long and happy lives under her gentle care. She was a great storyteller, and enjoyed a good chuckle. Her extensive vocabulary never ceased to amaze.
Following Joe’s passing, Molly continued to live on the farm until late 2016, with the assistance of her devoted caregivers. She received wonderful care from the staff at the Rocky Health Centre for the past several months, and enjoyed a brief stay at Clearwater Centre this fall.
Mollie was pre-deceased by her husband Joe in 2004, brother Cecil in 2001, brother-in-law Gordon Rowse, sister-in-law Jean Day, cousins Hamish Grant and Pat Rose, nephew Ian Ashburner and baby Daniel Deitchman.
Mollie is survived by her sister-in-law Muriel Rowse, brother-in-law Claude Day, niece Barbara Mowat, nephews;Brian Rowse, Gary Rowse, and Don Rowse. Extended family includes Pat Grant, Joan (Mike) Deitchman and son Sean; Katie Grant, Peter (Louise) Grant and daughters Rosalie and Lillian; Carson Grant, Peggy Clark and family, and the Pat Rose family.
Mollie will be fondly missed by her relatives in the U.K. She is survived by her niece Carol Ashburner, nephew John Slade, great niece Ali Ashburner, great nephew Andy Ashburner and great great nephew Oscar Ashburner.
She will always be remembered by her caregivers Beth, Jenny, Rose and Perlita, as well as many dear friends.
A memorial to celebrate Mollie’s life is planned for 1:30 p.m., Friday, November 10, at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mountain House. Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Memorial donations in Beatrice’s (Molly’s) name may be made to the SPCA Society.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626


Dennis Bednarz:
I am saddened to know that Mollie has passed. I knew Mollie as the sweetest, kindest most gentle soul. Enjoying tea with her after Presbyterian Sunday services, she would recount stories of Joe, and the mountains - the beautiful mountains. Also the open house gatherings she held for the church family following an evening of Christmas Caroling, always the perfect hostess. A true lady, through and through. Mollie will be missed.
dooglas fixter:
to Mollies family
I wish the best she was an awesome lady I met her when I was about 10-11 years old and would visit her every time I was in rocky and my grandmother and I would take her out once a week I will sincerely miss her

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