Mary Elizabeth (Davis) Lobley of Smithers, British Columbia died peacefully on May 24, 2020 at the age of 99.
Mary was born on May 13, 1921 in Richboro, PA to the late Royden and Elizabeth (Camm) Davis. Mary was 1 of 6 children and grew up in Richboro. She graduated from Richboro School in 1940 and attended Homewood School of Nursing.
Mary and her husband, the late James L. Lobley, were high school sweethearts and married on December 6, 1941. They raised their family in Richboro and Newtown before leaving Bucks County in 1971 to move to British Columbia. When they arrived in Canada, they lived in a small, one-room cabin, 40 miles in the wilderness with no running water or electricity. Mary loved her life in the woods, fishing and hunting with her husband, cooking on her wood-fired stove, and hearing family updates from home on the local radio station. After living far from civilization for over a year, a trip to Alaska brought them to the small town of Smithers, BC and they decided it was the perfect place to create a new home.
Mary loved her life in Smithers. Mary and Jim made friends and were soon joined by one of their sons, Gary, and his family. She spent her time in the garden with the flowers and strawberries, made delicious treats in her kitchen, and was quick to pack up a picnic to take out to the Kispiox or Babine Lake. She loved when family came to visit from Pennsylvania, especially their other son, Jim, and his family. She was active in town and was part owner of Village Fashions Dress Shop in Smithers in the late 70s, before retiring to spend time with her family. Mary loved to laugh and had a smile for all she met. She loved her husband and family dearly, but above all, she was a devoutly Christian woman who knew all things were possible through God’s love.
Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jim and her son, James F. Lobley and is wife Sandra, both of New Hope, Pa. She is survived by her son, Gary Lobley, daughter-in-law Linda Lobley, and grandson Phillip Lobley and his wife Chera of Smithers; grandson Chris Lobley and his wife Karen of Prince George; granddaughter Jennifer McAlpin and her husband John of Newtown, PA; and grandson Jay Lobley of New Hope, Pa. In addition, Mary had 3 great-grandchildren: Mary Kathleen, Sierra, and Bradley.
A private funeral and burial were held in Smithers.
A kind and caring woman, Mary was dearly loved by her family and friends. While we mourn her passing, we are comforted by knowing she is with God and surround by her loved ones who went before her.