Mary was born in Nipawin to Balbina and Stanley Dube on September 4th of 1931 shortly after they emigrated from Poland. She and her 5 siblings grew up on a farm in the Forest Trail District, where they attended Forest Trail School. Her passion for baseball began in her school years as she pitched for her softball team. Mary helped around the farm during her early years, calling herself "her dad's helper". She shoveled grain, fed the animals, fixed equipment, and the list went on. When she wasn't working around the farm, you could find her at the local movie theatre with her brother Henry or visiting with neighbors and friends late into the night.
Mary started dating John Morris, who she called Johnnie, in June of 1951. After a short whirlwind romance filled with dates to local dances, shows playing at the Carrot River theatre, and trips to the river, Johnnie proposed in April of 1952. Mary and Johnnie got married on October 26th, 1952 in Nipawin. The following year, they had their first child Rick, and later adopted two daughters, Janis, born in 1958, and Jo-Ann, born in 1962. Mary and John worked hard on their farm in Petaigan. In 1963, they built their family home where they raised their children together, later becoming the home of Rick and his family. Between looking after three children and managing the farm, Mary was always kept busy, but still, she never complained. They enjoyed taking trips to Toronto and British Colombia to visit family. When John passed in 1975, Mary raised the girls on her own and helped Rick as he took over the family farm.
Mary later moved into Carrot River in 1985 and continued to help on the farm. In 1993, she moved into her apartment perfectly situated by the rink and the high school where she spent her time cheering on her grandchildren in all their activities. On any given day you could find her watching the Blue Jays game, cheering on the local hockey teams, sewing, gardening, or journaling about her day.
In 2017, she moved into the Carrot River nursing home where she enjoyed the kind and caring company of the staff and residents, as well as visits from her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed looking back at photo albums and old diaries, reminiscing on memories from her 89 years.
To her grandchildren, and many of their friends, Mary was known as Blue Grandma. She was a friendly face and always a safe place to go. Whether it was fixing a scooter or needing some cookies, she was there. She was the first to volunteer to babysit and laughed as her grandchildren hid behind the couch when it was time to go home. She was meant to be a grandmother.
Mary was small yet strong and defiant, which she has proven over and over again. She overcame breast cancer in her forties. Even in her sixties and seventies, every night after her grandchildren fell asleep on the hide-a-bed, she would carry them to her bed so effortlessly they would wonder how they got there when they woke up. She was small but mighty. She proved to us all that the best things truly do come in small packages.
Mary is predeceased by her husband John, daughter Jo-ann, parents Balbina and Stanley, sisters Ann, Georgina, and Vicky, and brother Henry. Left to treasure and carry on her memory are her children Rick (Pam) and Janis, her sister Phyllis, grandchildren Rylan, Brenna, Brett, Rachel, Rayna, Ashley, and Kyler, great grandchildren Breez and Asher, sisters-in-law Anne Morris, Kathy Van Meter (Bud), Cecilia Dube, and many nieces and nephews.