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Mary Lou Stairs


Mary Lou Stairs

Mary Lou Stairs (Kilburn) of Fredericton, New Brunswick passed away on October 6th, 2018 at the Doctor Everett Chalmers Hospital after a brief illness.  She spent her final hours surrounded by friends and family at her side, passing gracefully under the tremendous care and compassion of the staff of 4 North West, to them we will always be grateful.

Mary Lou spent her life caring for others, it was her passion.  Her kindness and love for her friends and family were unmatched.  She gave of herself to make the lives of others around her better.  One of the many ways she showed this kindness was through her baking, she loved her time in the kitchen and was famous for her various fudges, cookies and treats.  Delivery of these gifts was always accompanied by a visit, she took these opportunities to spend a few moments and make that person’s day better, she loved everyone. 

Mary Lou was born on Sept 26th, 1946 in Fredericton New Brunswick.  She was pre-deceased by her father, John Kilburn, her mother, Mary Kilburn (Gallagher) and her oldest brother, Peter Kilburn (Genevieve).  She grew up in Fredericton and considered it home, she built a vast network of friendships over the last 7 decades that covered all ages, she was adored by everyone.

She is survived by her husband, Garnet; son, Craig (Melissa) and daughter Kim (Tony) as well as brother, Patrick (Marilyn), sister, Connie Petrie (Gordie), sister, Barb McCormack (Danny) and youngest brother, Michael.  As well she had three grandchildren whom she cherished deeply, Brittney, Morgan and Ryan.  Several nieces, nephews and others considered her a second mom, her home and heart were always open and her kindness and loving nature were always at the ready.

Garnet and Mary Lou celebrated 51 years of marriage this past May and almost 6 decades as a loving couple.  Their caring and dedication toward one another was evident to the very end.

Married in May of 1967, they made their way west, Mary Lou would at that time begin work on her proudest achievement, starting a family and becoming a mom, she excelled on both accounts.  Returning east in 1972 the family took roots in Fredericton and call it home today.  She spent the next 46 years being the best mom and wife a family could ask for enjoying many successes in this regard.  She lived a full and wonderful life here on earth and enjoyed a soft and peaceful transition to her next home, fitting for a person of her kindness, compassion and faith. 

She believed in God, was faithful to her church, saw the good in everyone and worked hard to make life better for us all.  She will be missed.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Catholic Church (1500 Hanwell Road, Fredericton, NB) on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association. McAdam's Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Service Date
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Service Time
2:00 pm
Service Location
Holy Family Catholic Church

Requested Charity
Canadian Diabetes Association