BRYDEN, Marylynn “Mare” Patricia

February 08, 1959 – December 26, 2016

Mare’s Story

Mare was born in Winnipeg and from there moved many times, many cities and most provinces across Canada. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in geology and geophysics. The oil patch in Calgary would be her next destination and although she mostly enjoyed the work, it was never a great fit. A few years later a Banff jeweler invited her to apprentice under him to learn goldsmithing. It was satisfying work for Mare that was a blend of art, science, mechanics and alchemy. She spent some time at ACAD to engage her designing abilities. A couple years later she wrote her gemology papers. Concurrent with her work was her play. She discovered river kayaking in her early 20‘s. It occupied her spring and summer weekends for the rest of her life. Her husband Alistair she met on the banks of the Kananaskis River her first year paddling. The friends she made on the rivers over time have remained good friends her whole adult life. Skiing of course, dominated her winters eventually turning into unspeakably fantastic 4 day weekends for a joyous couple of years. In 1990 she moved up to Comox which is about halfway up the east coast of the Island. She spent most of her time in a boat or on skis depending on the weather. Her special love was sea kayaking and over the years paddled much of the coast of Vancouver Island. Sarah was born in Comox in 1994. In Y2K, almost 20 years after Mare and Alistair first met, Alistair finally ‘woke up’ and married her and brought her and Sarah to Calgary. Just on the brink of Alistair’s retirement she was diagnosed with ALS and she fought her battles, made her peace and said her goodbyes traveling between Calgary and their cabin in Comox. She was devoted to the loves of her life she left behind, her husband Alistair Bryden, her beloved daughter Sarah Bryden, and her brother Bob Parr all of Calgary, and Vincent Cook from Comox and many many dear friends from both communities.

Celebration of Life Details:
Where: Foothills Mennonite Church; 2115 Urbana Rd NW, Calgary
When: December 30, 2016 at 2:00pm

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  1. On December 29, 2016 at 9:14 pm Board and Volunteers of Ten Thousand Villages Crowchild Said:

    On behalf of the Board of Directors and volunteers of the Crowchild Ten Thousand Villages I would like to express our deepest condolences to all Mare’s family and friends on the loss of this very passionate and engaging woman. Mare volunteered with us for a short while and brought great wisdom and skill to her role. We feel fortunate to have known and to have worked along side her; she was a woman who gave of herself fully.
    May loving memories of her be ever present in the days ahead as you celebrate her extraordinary life.
    Charlene Baker