Mary Katherine (Marvin) Ralston of Fredericton, wife of the late J. William (Bill) Ralston, passed away at the DECH on November 29, 2019, following a brief illness. Born in Dartmouth, NS, on July 13, 1922, she was the daughter of Roderick and Chadwick (MacCarthy) Marvin.
Mary spent her early years in and around Dartmouth and Halifax. She attended Mount Saint Vincent University during the war years, where she made many lifelong friendships. Immediately after the Second World War, she married Bill following his release from a prisoner of war camp in Germany. After Bill elected to stay in the Royal Canadian Air Force, they spent the next 18 years living on various air force bases in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, while their family grew to four children. But they always found time every year to enjoy the Ralston family cottage in St. Andrews, NB.
When Bill retired from the RCAF in the early 1960s, the family settled in Fredericton, where their children grew up and attended university. Mary also found time during this period to work in the President’s and Development offices at UNB, and also earned her realtor’s licence with Gardiner Realty. Upon Bill’s second retirement, from the NB Liquor Commission, they spent the next two decades splitting their time between winters in Florida and summers in St. Andrews. Following Bill’s passing in 1999, Mary returned to Fredericton, where she again made many new friends, and was particularly fortunate to meet her close friend Dow Johnston. Wherever she was, Mary loved to entertain, and spent many an enjoyable evening with a long list of friends and family.
She is survived by her children, Mary Jane Masse (Yvan) of Welland, ON, Patty Thomas (Milt) of Fredericton, Bill Ralston of Ottawa and John Ralston (Karen) of Toronto; her special companion, Dow Johnston of Fredericton; seven grandchildren, Nicolas Masse of Cambridge, Mass., Karina Holder (Jordan) of Ottawa, Rebecca Gamble (Tony) of Quispamsis, NB, Kate Thomas (Matt McCoy) of Fredericton, Maggie Ryan (Eric) of Fredericton, Calum Ralston of Toronto and Stuart Ralston of Toronto; five great-grandchildren, Nick, Lily and Sophie Gamble of Quispamsis, NB, and Oliver and Vivienne Holder of Ottawa; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her husband and parents, Mary was predeceased by her brothers John and Murray.
There will be no visitation. A memorial mass will be celebrated from St. Dunstan's Catholic Church on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 12:05 pm with Fr. Bill Brennan as celebrant. For those who wish, donations in Mary’s memory can be made to the Fredericton Community Kitchen Inc., the Fredericton Homeless Shelters Inc. or a charity of the donor’s choice.