Mary Kathleen Akehurst
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Mary Kathleen Akehurst, October 17, 2018. Born to Kathleen and Alfred Akehurst Oct. 28, 1940, Mary spent her childhood between Canada and Venezuela, eventually settling in Vancouver.
Her colleagues at the Geological Survey of Canada, Vancouver office referred to Mary as “legendary”, and a fierce advocate for the geological community. As the librarian from 1972-2001, Mary’s persistence and determination resulted in an impressive collection of reference books and maps, both Canadian and International, used by geologists, and geology students, as well as those in the mining and exploration community. In recognition of her career-long commitment, the library became known as the Mary Akehurst Geoscience Research Library.
Upon her retirement she moved to Salt Spring Island to be closer to her parents. Mary will be remembered for her tales of adventures in South America, her independent nature, her love of dogs, her passion for growing roses, and her strong opinions on many topics.
Pre-deceased by her parents, Mary leaves behind her brother John, sister-in-law, Kathryn, nephews Christopher, and Jamie, his wife, Robyn and their children, Annie and Fraser. Sincere thanks go to Sandi Muller of Heritage Place and Lorraine and Dave of Silver Shadow Taxi for their friendship in Mary’s final years. A family memorial was held.