Maura was born in Blackwater, Country Kerry, Eire Feb 28, 1926, and passed away peacefully in Victoria, BC, on Sept 18, 2022, with family by her side.   Mom grew up on the family farm with her sisters.  Mom was a Kerry girl through and through.  She was caring, unselfish, intelligent, resourceful, strong, religious, encouraging and hard working.  When the opportunity arose in 1948 to come to Victoria as an au pair her adventurous spirit jumped at the opportunity.  Shortly after, she met Dad through mutual friends.  They were married Jan 7, 1950, at Lady of Assumption and were married for 61 years before Dad passed in 2011.  They began their married life working the family farm at Pease Lake and started a family.  After leaving the farm they made their home in Langford and then Saanich.  Maura and Alec spent many years motor homing throughout North America, trips to Hawaii and Europe and enjoyed many cruises.  They always had a boat and enjoyed fishing the local waters and taking the kids waterskiing at Elk and Shawnigan Lake.   Mom took great joy in cooking and knitting for her family, reading, playing cards and gardening (both vegetables and flowers).  After raising her family Mom worked at the Memorial Arena and then Glendale Lodge.

Maura is predeceased by her husband, Alec, father and mother, Michael and Ellen O’Sullivan, sisters, Nora, Sheila, Eileen and Kathleen.  She is survived by her 7 children:  Kathy, Brenda (Nick), Brendan (Denise), David (Jeanne), Paul (Ann), Glenn (Doreen) and Teresa (Ralph).  She had 16 grandchildren: Erin (Dereck), Neil (Amber), Jennifer (James), Janice (Colin), Brent (Morgan), Michelle (Nathan), Heather (Nathan), Nicholas (Cheryl), Kathryn (Paaras), Laura, Michael (Claire), Christopher (Carlee), Ian, Claire, Preston and Brooke.  Along with 27 great grandchildren:  Ried, (Caitlyn), Jordan (Kevin), Jasmine, Ethan, Jamison, Paige, Ayla, Jade, Georgia, Isabella, J.T. Owen, Ethan, Jillian, Wylie, Jackson, Zander, Kai, Quinn, Emmett, Alexander, Gabrielle, Noah, Blake, Lydia, Poppy and Liv, 5 great great grandchildren:  Bentley, Harper, Grayson, Lenyx and Finnigan and family in Ireland.   Family meant everything to Mom.

Our thanks to the wonderful staff at Brio Berwick Royal Oak and The Summit who gave Mom kind, compassionate and professional care during her last few years of her life.

The family extends an invitation to a funeral mass on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at 1:00pm, at Sacred Heart Church, 4040 Nelthrope St, with internment to follow at the Royal Oak Burial Park.  Reception to follow at 2:30 pm at McCall Gardens’ Sequoia Centre, 4665 Falaise Drive.

Suaimhneas síoraí dá hanam

May she rest in Peace

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  • Alisa Russell

    Sending our love to you all today and warm comforting wishes. A mother’s love is forever, so may the memories you hold near to your heart be the ones that fill your heart today and for always. Our sincere condolences.
    The Russells

  • Eileen, Michael Lee & family

    Sincere condolences to all the Gordon family on the passing of your wonderful mother. What a tough time this is for you all. Your mum was an inspiration to all those who met her. She was a bright, kind and gentle souls who touched the lives of everyone she met. Needless to say, there are no goodbyes from all of her nieces, nephews, and grand nephew here in Ireland. Wherever she is she will always be in our hearts.

    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
    –From a headstone in Ireland

  • Gina Wakeham

    What an amazing legacy she has left for this world. Our thoughts are with you Teresa and your family. May joy fill the room whenever she is remembered. With love, Gina and Alan.

  • Anne Marie Mc Caffrey

    Grá agus Suaimhneas.

    You will be greatly missed by all your nieces and nephews in Ireland.
    We have fond memories of all the fun and laughter throughout the years. May your gentle soul Rest in Peace and until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hands.

  • Nancy and Lorne Campbell

    Sending much love and compassion at this time of loss. Your mom sounded amazing and hope she has found peace❤️

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