Mary passed peacefully and gracefully in the early morning following a day of completing crossword puzzles, playing bridge and having her nails done. She will be greatly missed by her adoring and admiring children, James Pallett (Vivienne Williams), Megan Pallett (Nick Collins), Cameron Pallett (Ina Gherghel) and Drew Pallett (Angela Zinck); her grandchildren Melissa Pallett (Armando Vasquez), Edward Pallett, Nicholas Pallett , John Pallett (Jennifer Kendrick Pallett), Michael Owen Pallett (Vidal Wu), Simon Collins (Trinh Quach Collins), Thomas Collins-Pallett (Annie Si Chen), Mary Pallett, Catherine Pallett, Ryan Pallett, Dane Pallett (Christine Lovell), Regan Pallett (Brittany Doerr), Drew Pallett Jr., Jacob Lively and Jordan Lively; her great-grandchildren, Kate, Lucy, Wesleigh, Finnleigh, Anna, Thomas, Benjamin and Catherine, and her many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her infant daughter (1948), son Wesley Pallett (1974), husband John Pallett (1985), husband Donald Smythe (2017), nephew Kirk Leuty and siblings Patricia McAlpine, Joy Anderson, Johanna Metcalf and Dr. Josiah Leuty.
Mary will also be missed by Don Smythe's children, Rennie Smythe, Jackie Stevens (Gerry), Kelly Sparfel (Ken), Heather Sansom (Paul),and Nancy Smythe (Rocco Rauseo); Don's grandchildren Kristy (Pat), Michael (Karen), Danny (Vanessa), Rennie, Mark, Brad, Hannah and Jesse and Don's great-grandchildren Taylor, Summer, Calvin and Parker.
Mary was raised in Weston, Ontario in a loving, musical family by her father, Si Leuty, a high school principal, and her mother, Nellie Evangeline Leuty, a music teacher and choir leader. She attended the University of Toronto, where she was a gold medallist in the Faculty of Music and received a key to the University. She was a vocal soloist throughout her university days and with a professional choir, the Leslie Bell Singers. Mary taught elementary school in Toronto until her marriage to John Pallett, a young man she had admired since the age of 12, following his return from service in World War II.
Mary was an outstanding supporter of her husband John as a local lawyer, active community leader and Member of Parliament. She raised 5 children while entertaining constantly, playing golf and curling with John, and co-organizing the mandatory Leuty family gatherings for Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. Mary was an outstanding cook, decorator, hostess and mother. Her home was always beautiful, warm and inviting. She emphasized the importance of maintaining a positive outlook and doing your best in every endeavour. She was a principled competitor and an achiever with a very soft heart. Her family and friends knew that she would support them to the end.
Mary was emotionally strong, supported by her faith and her belief in seeking the positive aspects of people and life. She endured the excruciating pain of losing two children, but carried on. After losing her cherished husband John in 1985 after 37 years of marriage, she again endured the pain and moved forward. She was fortunate to meet and marry Donald Smythe. Like Mary, Don enjoyed golf and social activities. They thrived as a happily married couple for over 25 years, both saying frequently that each of them had been so fortunate to have had two great marriages in their lifetimes.
Mary will be remembered by her friends at Credit Valley Golf and Country Club, where she was a member for over 50 years. Throughout most of her life membership, she was very active in both golf and social activities.
Mary was a dedicated mother who treasured her siblings, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren nieces and nephews. She embraced every moment of life. Her positive outlook, engaging personality and sophisticated and elegant style set her apart. Her family and friends were the constant beneficiaries of her warmth and kindness.
A Funeral Service will take place at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 3041 Mississauga Road, Mississauga on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10 a.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Turner & Porter Peel Chapel, 905-279-7663. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation for leukemia research would be greatly appreciated by the family (email@example.com, 416-813-8271).