Mary Lyle Gaffney, age 70, of Stratford passed away peacefully at the University Hospital, London on Sunday March 16, 2014.

Born in Toronto, daughter of the late William Lyle and Elizabeth “Lilly” (Harvey) Sansom. Mary started her education in Toronto, continuing in England and later graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Degree in Nursing. She worked in Saskatchewan and later in Stratford in Public Health and as Hospice Coordinator. She was a longtime member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the CWL. Mary had a great musical talent and enjoyed singing in many choirs over the years. She also cherished her time with family and they meant the world to her.

Beloved wife and best friend of Kenneth Gaffney whom she married on October 7, 1995. Loving sister of Ruth Elizabeth Whipp (Murray). Cherished sister-in-law of Margaret MacCallum, Beverley St. Louis, Tom Gaffney (Marie) and Karen Boulton. Mary will be sadly missed by her dear nieces, nephews and their families and her best buddy “Belle” (border Collie)

Predeceased by her brother-in-law John MacCallum.

Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron St., Stratford on Wednesday March 19th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. (CWL prayer will be held on Wednesday at 1:45 p.m.). The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church on Thursday March 20th at 11 a.m. Rev. Fr. Dick Bester will officiate. Interment will follow in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Perth County Humane Society, Canadian Cancer Society or to the charity of one’s choice through the funeral home. 519-271-7411. www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com