My oldest friend and I met Maria over 40 years ago when we were students at UBC. We shared a first year Math Class. As luck would have it several years later we came to work for the same company and even later at the same location. She was a real pleasure to work with and helped me through many difficult times with her no nonsense yet compassionate and giving spirit. I can still hear your distinctive voice, and laugh, Maria. A life lived to the fullest. You are an inspiration
I met Maria when we were both in Grade 2 at the same elementary school. Our family lived across from Clinton Park where her family lived. We continued on to the same high school graduating in 1972. We both went on to UBC where I graduated with a B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences in 76. When I found out she had graduated from Pharmacy, I was very proud, as my dad was a pharmacist and I had grown up working at the family store in Burnaby - Ryan Drugs. So when I was sent the e-mail announcing her passing, I felt very connected and of course attended her very well-attended funeral. She was always a really nice person and I hope the scholarship set up in her name absolutely flourishes
Found a picture from our convocation ceremony in June of 1977.