Mary Frances Huband passed away suddenly in her Ottawa home on the evening of July 2nd at the age of 83. She is survived by her partner of 40 years, Kenneth Hardy, her three children, Jeffrey Thomas Ford, (Anne-Marie) Jennifer Frances Ford and Grant Davidson Ford and her two loving brothers, Charles Huband and Don Huband, (Ann). She is preceded in death by her eldest brother Rolph Huband, (Eleanor) sister-in-law Marilyn Huband and her parents, Reverend Allen and Mrs Mildred Huband. She leaves her adored grandchildren, Devon Charles, Gwynneth St. Claire, Anna Rowan, Phoebe Eleanor and great grand child, Theodore Thomas.
Mary was born on the 2nd of June, 1937 in the town of Woodstock, Ontario. She attended the University of Manitoba, where she met and fell in love with her first husband, Thomas Ford. They were married in 1958 and moved to the Kingsway in Toronto to start their family. After welcoming three healthy children, the family moved to Ottawa in 1968.
In 1972, Mary began studies in literature at Carleton University. She graduated from Carleton with a Masters in English Literature in 1983 and began working as an Editor for the faculty newspaper. She continued to work very successfully in the Alumni Services Department of Carleton until her retirement in 1998. Mary was an avid reader and a champion of education. She was a strong advocate for woman’s rights and served as a member of the Carleton Women’s Association and the Canadian Board of Planned Parenthood for many years.
In her day, Mary was an active sportswomen and enjoyed tennis, cycling and cross-country skiing. She shared a home in Derbyshire with her second partner Ken and loved to walk the Peaks District. She shared a love of murder mysteries with her son Jeffrey and they often discussed books together. She took a lively interest in the Arts, regularly attending performances and gallery openings by her daughter Jennifer. She loved a good country garden, often while visiting her son Grant in Ireland, where they enjoyed many walks together. Mary was an intrepid traveler. She often visited her brothers and their families and was a cherished sister and friend. She visited PEI regularly with close friends and passed many enjoyable days in Florida with her children and step-children Shauna and Angelica. Mary had a strong sense of Christian values and was a dedicated church organiser. She loved people and maintained a rich and vibrant social life.
Mary Huband was a warm and supportive person. She gave of herself freely and was much loved among her family and many friends. Her grandchildren adored her. She laughed easily and could find the humour and joy in every occasion. She was thoughtful and fair minded, a loving and caring human being. She will be missed by all those who knew her. A remembrance is planned for the summer of 2021 in Southminster Church, Ottawa South.