I had the privilege of being with my mother early this morning as she left this life peacefully and knowing she was well loved. According to the custom in Mexico, her wake starts this afternoon and her funeral is at 9 PM tonight. As there is no time for a published obituary, I am posting this for our family and friends. We are overwhelmed by the many messages of condolence we have received today and extend our thanks to those who have supported the family through these last few difficult weeks.
Tolman, Mary Elizabeth
May 5, 1932 - April 22, 2013
Entered her eternal rest with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on April 22, 2013 in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Born Mary Elizabeth Devins in Aurora, Ontario, Canada, she was the beloved wife of John David Tolman with whom she celebrated 60 years of marriage on April 4, 2013.
Cherished mother of Ruth (Tim), Nathan (Maria), Philip (Lucy), Mark (Cindy) and Stephen (Marcela).
Grandmother of Beth, Stephanie, Rebecca, Courtney, Alex, Kira, Damara, Simri, Vanessa, Melissa, Malcolm, Elisa, Timothy and Peter. Great-grandmother of Damian, Ivy, Dasha and another baby soon to be born in May. Loved by a large circle of extended family and friends.
Predeceased by her father, Dr. Clifford Devins (1948), mother, Dr. Audrey Devins (1990), and brothers William and John.
Elizabeth served with David in missions and pastoral work in South Africa (1954-1962), Canada and Mexico (1976 to present). Her passion and energy was evident in all she undertook as a wife, mother, teacher and servant of God. She continued to teach and minister until shortly before her death. She will be sorely missed and dearly remembered by the many people she touched in life.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praiseth her.
...the woman that feareth the Lord,
she shall be praised.
Give her the fruit of her hands;
and let her own works praise her in the gates.