Caring For the Future – 2019 Stories

April 17th, 2019

As we move ever closer to our vision of the new St. Paul’s, we take a moment to say farewell to those donors we lost this past year and to thank all our donors for their current and future support of health care in our community. We are pleased to share with you the stories of three legacy donors, and their families, from whom we received estate gifts in 2018.

Margaret Isabelle Brown: Seeing people through

Margaret Isabelle Brown, long known as “Brownie” to her friends and as “Miss Brown” to her students, was an elementary school teacher, a racehorse owner, a smart dresser and a lifetime member of the Pacific National Exhibition (the PNE)!

Brownie was born and raised in Maple Ridge to a family that was proud of their Scottish heritage and community. She graduated from the teaching program at Simon Fraser University and worked for the Burnaby School District for 36 years as a primary school teacher. As she would explain to her friends: “Always make friends with the janitor.”

Brownie became such a fan of the local horse racing tracks that she and her brother, Don, became co-owners of several race horses over the years. It was at Hastings Race Course and Fraser Downs that her friends often gathered to enjoy the excitement and thrill of the races. Brownie regularly organized New Year’s Day festivities at Fraser Downs; this allowed her to enjoy two of her favourite pastimes: dressing up and the races!

One of Brownie’s favourite sayings was:  “We were put on this earth not to see through people, but to see people through.” She was true to this motto throughout her life, always known as a loyal friend, and expressed it in her last wishes – dividing her estate amongst four charities including St. Paul’s Foundation.

We are, as ever, truly grateful to friends like Brownie for helping see us through.

Winifred Mary Hayes: A friend to Holy Family Hospital

Winifred Mary Hayes, nee Marsden, otherwise known as “Winn” began life in North Vancouver. After high school graduation she became part of the self-named “North Van ferry gang” as she rode the ferry, with other young women, to attend classes at the Duffus Business School in Vancouver. The ferry gang continued meeting for years and serves as an example of Winn’s aptitude for nurturing long and sustaining friendships – a key element of her life.

Winn’s secretarial classes at the business school led to work at the Vancouver Daily Province, the Vancouver School Board and, finally, to the UBC Traffic Office where she finished her career. It was through her work at the VSB that she met, and later married, Herbert Orville (Orv) Hayes, an academic advisor at Langara College and a School Board Member.  Winn and Orv married in 1957 and enjoyed 30 years together before Orv passed away.

Winn was ever the gracious hostess and enjoyed entertaining friends at home. Blessed with an excellent sense of humour, Winn laughingly described herself as troubled by “after wit” (the tendency of thinking of amazingly witty responses after the moment has passed!).

Winn was a generous and caring volunteer and spent years volunteering at the GF Strong

Rehabilitation Centre and the BC Cancer Clinic. She especially loved working with children with disabilities and made a difference in the lives of many young people over the years.

Winn passed away in the summer of 2017 at the age of 98. In gratitude for the care and rehabilitation services she received at Holy Family Hospital following a major stroke, Winn left a gift for Holy Family in her will. She understood the power of a strong rehabilitation program to restore dignity and personal freedom. Her gift will be used to support those programs and assist others.

Thank you Winn!

Ed & Judy Lye:  Family first

For Charles Edward Lye and Judith Anne Lye, née McLennan, better known as “Ed” and “Judy”, a strong family life and participation in community were everything.

The BC-born-and-raised couple met while Judy was working night shifts as a nurse at St. Paul’s Hospital where she had also done her nurse’s training. The couple married in 1964 while still in Vancouver but soon left for Victoria where Ed, a Chartered Accountant, pursued a career in business finance.

Judy was an operating room nurse at Royal Jubilee Hospital until the birth of the couple’s first child. By 1968 the young family had moved back to Vancouver where Ed and Judy welcomed their second son and remained for the rest of their lives. While Judy focused on raising their young sons, Ed’s career continued to ascend and he was soon working at the executive level within a sawmill machine company.

As their children reached adulthood, Ed and Judy had more time to devote to community service:  Ed as a Rotarian and Judy as a member of a women’s philanthropic education organization.

Ed and Judy embraced life together and spent many happy hours fly-fishing, participating in golf and wine tours with friends, and enjoying their cottage on Pender Island. Their strong family focus meant lots of time together with their sons, grandchildren and other family members.

As a former nurse, Judy viewed St. Paul’s as an important anchor throughout her life. When her health deteriorated, Judy became a patient of St. Paul’s Heart Centre and a heart transplant recipient. During her battle with heart disease Judy was grateful for the care and support she received from the doctors and staff.  Upon her passing, the family wanted to recognized and support the exceptional work done at St. Paul’s. A few years later, St. Paul’s received a gift for its Cardiology Program in Judy’s memory as a beneficiary of Ed’s estate.

Our thanks go out to Ed and Judy’s sons and the extended Lye family for sharing their story with us and for the generous gift in support of St. Paul’s Heart Centre and Cardiology Program.


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