OSTBA membership # 54
Date joined OSTBA 04th Sept 2012
Quantum of the Death Donation Benefit: $4190.00
Mary re-joined the angels ever so peacefully in the early hours of Thursday, May 28. As she took her last breath, she was holding her daughter's hand, listening to a recording of the heartbeat of her future grandson, had spent the day listening to prayers and songs from friends and family, and was read her Last Rights.
Mary was fierce in her love and her adherence to her Catholic faith and its principles. She was a profoundly traditional woman who honored the wisdom of her Sri Lankan Tamil teachings and was quick to make anyone a healing tea if they sneezed or sniffled. She was also refreshingly modern in her ability to see similarities of the heart rather than differences of religion or ethnicity. She had a strong sense of right and wrong - and inherently knew that compassion was always better than judgment.
She infused love into everything she did, especially in raising her children, Judith Sumathie Mariampillai and Danial Umakanthan Mariampillai, and in embracing her daughter-in-law, Molly May McKay, and her extended family. Mary and her husband of 43 years, Roche Phillip Marathas Vijayakanthan Mariampillai, were like two peas in a pod, opposites in specific ways, but both are overflowing with love for the other and their family.
She was a little woman in physical size, but a giant in her love and her ability to teach respect. She had "Rules and Regulations" to teach loving, respectful behavior and to help others excel in life. As the eldest of ten children, Mary played a crucial role in caring for, raising, and sponsoring many of her siblings to come to Canada. She had a unique way with children and giving them a sense of being loved and safe. She was a living miracle having defied the odds of childhood illness and outlived the expectancy of her diagnosis. Her deep faith and generous heart gave her superhuman strength and will be an inspiration to her family for the rest of their lives.
Mary's legacy is the love with which she gave and let guide her life, and through this, her memory will live on for generations to come