Mary Desma Thistle (nee Pugh)

February 3, 1932 to May 5, 2018


Passed peacefully away after a short illness on Saturday, May 5th, 2018, Mary Desma (Pugh) Thistle, daughter of Brett and Desma Pugh. Predeceased by her son Jim in 2016 and granddaughter, Gwendolyn in 2011, her sisters Jean Moore and Joyce Whitten. Leaving to mourn her husband of 64 years Jim Thistle; daughter Laurie Ryan (Terry); daughter-in-law Barbara Thistle; grandchildren: Wendy Russell, Stephanie (Brad) Greer, Paul (Lesley), Michael and Rachel; great-grandchildren: Olivia, Andrew and Grace Russell, Ethan Greer; sisters: Nita Baird and Noreen George; brothers: Brett Pugh and Jack Pugh; daughter-in-law, Jan Dicks; special friends: Marion Noseworthy, her friend of 70 years, Margie and Jim Brewer, Sylvia and Wilf Snelgrove; also a large circle of dear friends and relatives. Special thanks to Dr. John Jeddore and the staff of ICU and 4 South B of the Health Sciences Centre for their wonderful care. Cremation has taken place. At Mary’s request there will be no visitation. A service to celebrate Mary’s life will be held at the Carnell Memorial Chapel, 329 Freshwater Road, on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. No flowers by request. Donations may be to Bridges to Hope – 39 Cookstown Road, St. John’s NL, A1C 4G7. To send a message of condolence please visit,



2:00pm, Wednesday May 9th

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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To Mr Thistle and Laurie:

So sorry to hear of Mrs Thistles passing.. I will always have so many great memories. When I was growing up she lived across the street, she had a cabin right next to us as well. She was always so friendly, Happy, smiling and laughing all the time. Always made you feel so welcome. As a kid I was always so amazed when she would swim across the pond. She helped all of us kids learn how to swim. She made the best date squares, right next to her friend Marion’s trifle. I still have her moms recipe for the date squares. Going to get my wife Maria to make a batch in her memory. Our thoughts are with you both.

To Jim and family,
So sorry hear of Mary’s illness and passing . She was very lovely lady with great personality.
I will remember her beautiful smile! Thinking of you at this difficult time with sincere sympathy.

Brett and Family
So sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
God Bless.

Dear Jim and family
Our deepest sympathies. Mary was a lovely lady.

Mr. Thistle and family
Our deceased Mom, Mary Power, knew your wife/Mom/grandmother since they both worked at McKinley Motors (about 70 years ago) along with Marion Noseworthy and Ena Wall. These wonderful women kept in touch all these years and others joined their circle of friendship such as Pearl and Inez.
My sisters and I are always amazed at the longevity and genuineness of this circle of friends; they inspire us as we hear their stories.
Ramona, Reni, and Roxanne

Dear Jim and family’
Our deepest sympathies.. Mary was a lovely lady.
Prashadi and Sisira De Silva

Mr Thistle and family,
Deepest condolence. She was a lovely and lively lady. She will be missed.

MR Thistle Laurie & Family .So sorry to hear of the passing of a wonderful woman Mary . She was a friend to me for many years .She sure will be missed by all who knew her .my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time .

To Jim and Laurie and Family ,
We wish to express our sincere condolences at the loss of your Wife.and Mother. Cherish your memories of Mary and may they help to get you through this very difficult time. Harrison and I are sorry we can not visit at this time because of illness., please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

To Jim and all Mary’s family and friends, my sincere condolences. I didn’t know Mary was in the hospital and so ill. May God’s peace be with all of you as you celebrate her life.

Jim and family,
So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing.My deepest sympathy.She was a very special person and always made me smile .

Jim, Laurie and Families,
So sorry to hear about Mary’s passing.
I have very good memories :she told me once very funny memories , took me on a sightseeing trip and served lovely food. She had many talents!
My thoughts are with you in the upcoming difficult time.

Nita, brett and family,
So sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. My sincere and deepest condolences are sent to you and yoour family at this time.

Dear Jim and Family, Pete and I are sorry to read, on line, about Mary’s death. We have so many wonderful memories of you both at Sunset Palms. We think about you often and especially say “Thank You ” for your many kindness to my Dad while he was in The Park. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Barbara Fitzgerald

So sorry to hear of Mary‘s passing. She was a wonderful friend to everyone and a special person to all. To Jim and family, my sincere regrets. Shirley Kelloway.

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We were sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. We will miss our visits with her when we would see her at Marion’s. Our thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.

Jim, Laurie and families

So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was a sweet pleasant person and will indeed be missed. I’ll always fondly remember her taking her kids down to the pond for a swim. I’m sure you have many great memories of her as well. And my hope is that they bring you some peace. May God be
with you all during this difficult time. God bless you all.

Jim and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. God Bless.

Jack, Brett and families. So sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. Please accept our sincere and deepest sympathy at this sad time.

So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Thoughts are with you all.

Jim and Family,
My deepest sympathy to you at this very sad time. Mary was a wonderful friend for many years from our Florida days to when she was my welcome to Masonic Park. God Bless.
Brenda Cooper

Jim and Family:
We are so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Doug and Estella Lilly

To Jim and Family
Our deepest sympathy on Mary ’s passing
Our heart is with you our
From Mary and Bob BILLard

Mr. Thistle and Laurie We are so sorry to hear of Mrs. Thistle’s passing. She indeed was a fine LADY – full of grace. We pray that you may find some peace in your memories and in the knowledge that you are in the prayers of many. God bless you all during this difficult time.