Mary Winifred Lindsay

Mary Winifred Lindsay

October 25, 1924 ~ April 02, 2021


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Mary Lindsay was born in Thetford, Norfolk, close to the North Sea on the east coast of England, the eldest of a large and loving family. She passed away peacefully in the early hours of April 2, 2021 at the wonderful age of 96, living at her daughter’s home in Orchid, Florida, close to the Atlantic Ocean. She had a deep affinity for the ocean all her life and, in recent years, loved walking the boardwalk in Vero Beach with her dear caregiver Janie and sitting beside the ocean with her friend Armand.  

Deeply loved and loving mother to her daughters and their husbands, Diana and Paul, and Janet and Dermot. Beloved Granny/Gran to Emma and Gord, Clare and Lenke, Craig and Alina, and Tony and Dayna. Special Gran Mary to Denise and Chris, Paul and Cate, and Sarah and Alan.

Adored Gran/Gan-Gan to her great-grandchildren: Hayden, Jamie, Desi and Sawyer; Natalie and Dominic; Callum, Emily, Anna and Erin; Gemma and Sophie; and her eagerly anticipated great granddaughter expected in August.  

Mary was warmhearted and beautiful. She was creative, kind, thoughtful, and charmingand witty to the end. She genuinely loved people and delighted in making them smile. A lifelong learner of new skills, she took up golf at 65, tackled duplicate bridge at 79, and delighted in using her first iPad at 86. She was an excellent cook, and British to the core: she loved the Queen, tea and porridge, and Marmite on hot buttered toast. Her grandchildren’s friends adored her; she was Gran to many. Her visits to family in various cities (and countries) into her late eighties and early nineties were great fun and the hottest ticket in town.  

She was predeceased by her first husband, Victor Anthony (Tony) Ruby in 1984 and her second husband, Robert (Bob) Lindsay in 2014 and her dear friend, Armand Mueller on April 1, 2020. She is survived by her sister Yvonne, and brothers Michael, David, Geoffrey, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers John, Kenneth, Peter, Anthony (Tony) and Arthur, and sister Doris.  

Mary was much loved by Janie Walton, her wonderful caregiver and friend for the last seven years, and Debra who helped care for her in the last months. She cherished close friendships with her golfing partners at Spring Lake Ladies Golf Association where she was Past President; her bridge buddies and friends in Sebring and Vero Beach FL; and Pastor George Miller and her many friends at Emmanuel United Church in Sebring, FL.  

The family would like to thank Janie, whose devotion and tender care they will never forget, and VNA Hospice of Vero Beach, especially Nurse Donna, Chaplain Richard, and Music Therapist Nilsa for their compassion and many kindnesses.

Following cremation the family plans to celebrate Mary’s long and rich life at a future date when they can gather together. Her ashes will be scattered in the ocean according to her wishes so they can “go with the flow” and travel in the waves, swirls and eddies, across time zones and forever as she watches from above with the angels.

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home, Vero Beach, Florida.


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Clare Phyfer - Neice

April 3, 2021, 9:54 pm

You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. So many fond memories of Auntie Mary when we were young. With much love Clare and Jim xx

David Mueller - Friend

April 4, 2021, 1:33 am

What a nice summary of a wonderful person and soul. We will all have fond memories of Mary, and appreciate her care and love for my Dad, Armand! Bless all and our thoughts reach out to you for your loss. Love Dave Mueller

Jon and Carissa Mueller

April 4, 2021, 2:26 am

Wishing all of Mary’s family our sincere condolences in your loss! Miss Lindsay lived a wonderful life. We could easily see that Miss Lindsay and Armand were very good friends and thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company! It is sad that we have lost them both but so very great we could be a small part of their lives! We hope that she will always go with the flow and watch over all of us, Sincelery

Judy Kelly - Friend

April 4, 2021, 2:52 pm

This is a deep loss of a beautiful lady and friend. I enjoyed Mary so much and loved her sense of humor and walks with our dogs. May the family know she lived life to the most.

Barbara Ferri - Friend

April 4, 2021, 9:22 pm

Dear Janet and Dermot, What a beautiful woman who lived a long, fully engaged life!! How lucky you were to have her with you these last years. We are sorry to learn of Mary’s death but join you all in the celebration of her life……With much love, Barbara and Paul

Jim & Judy Slater - Friends

April 5, 2021, 12:31 pm

We are very sorry to have to say goodbye to Mary. She was a very fine woman, Mother and grandmother. We know she lived a full and eventful life and was a bright and shining example to all who knew her. Judy, I, and the family members remember her fondly and with great affection. She was a bright and shining example those of us who shared time with her. – Jim and Judy Slater

Rick Brand - friend

April 5, 2021, 6:57 pm

Janet and Dermot – I am so sorry to hear the news of your mother. She was such a lovely person, and you are so lucky to have been able to spend the many years with her. I remember as if it were yesterday the conversation we had about her love of her animals, so it is fitting to see her picture with her dear furry friends. 96 years is a wonderful run, but for those who remain, it is never enough. I am so happy she came into my life. Rick Brand

Carol Neilson - Friend

April 5, 2021, 9:37 pm

What a lovely, lovely lady whom it was a privilege to have known. Will never forget her kindness, love and compassion. She was a joy to be with and she made her time your time. Love to you all as you say your goodbyes to her. So happy to have known her, such a blessing. Carol Neilsonxx

Carole and Peter Clarke - Friend

April 6, 2021, 9:31 pm

Dear Janet and Dermot your dear Mother was a lovely warm gracious lady. She always made one feel welcomed and at ease in her company. We have many happy memories of visits with Mary in your home over the years. We send you our love Mary will be remembered always Hugs Carole and Peter

Yvonne and Michael - Sister and Brother

April 7, 2021, 9:17 am

What a lovely way to remember our dear sister . She will be forever remembered in our hearts .

Judy and Dennis Mueller - friends

April 7, 2021, 12:32 pm

Dennis and I are so sorry for your loss. We are so grateful that we got to know and love Mary. That she and Armand were able to spend several years together at the end of their lives was truly a blessing. Mary was a wonderful, sweet, kind, loving and wise woman. She will be missed. You and your family are in our prayers.

Yvonne and Michael - Sister and Brother

April 7, 2021, 4:51 pm

What a lovely way to remember our dear sister. She is gone but will forever be in our hearts.

Georgie And David Jarvis - Friends

April 8, 2021, 9:24 pm

Dear Janet and Dermot, We wish to express our deepest sympathy and send our love to you and your family. Mary was a beautiful person and will be fondly remembered. All our Love Dave and Georgie

Allan and Tracy Lamport - Friends

April 9, 2021, 4:45 pm

Allan and I are so sorry for your loss. We are very thankful that we got to know your lovely mother and enjoyed the few evenings that you, Mary, Dermot, and I, along with the pups, all had together. Please accept our sincere condolences and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. With all our love, Tracy and Allan

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