Remembering Mary Pullen

This month, we remember the contribution of Mary Pullen to Canterbury’s fostering community.

Mary passed away on March 22 and was farewelled at a service on Monday March 27.

Mary was an outstanding and inspiring person. Small in stature, large in life and a larger heart – Mary always had time for everyone.

Over the years she gave unconditional commitment to caregivers, the children and their families.

Along with Mary Moodie and a group of caring ladies, Mary began the Fostercare Association in Christchurch, giving love and understanding to anyone who needed help with their family life. Mary worked alongside social workers, Plunket, and other care groups. Meetings Mary and her fellow volunteers organised, were so well supported that at times the rooms were full of people wanting to listen to her thoughts and get advice.

Even when Fostering Kids NZ began to take a greater role servicing the region’s foster carers, Mary continued in her quiet way – always with a listening ear. One caregiver said that Mary was always only a phone call away. You could say what ever you thought and be sure that Mary would always keep it confidential and give great advice.

She was an amazing wife to Don, an incredible mum to Keith, Liam, Mark, Tina and Collette, an energetic nana to all her grandchildren/great grandchildren and a mother-in-law to Lisa, Rosi and Lee and daughter to the late Alice and Mick Sloan. Mary was a wonderful sister and aunty.

In fact she was a second mum to many, many people over her lifetime.

She left footprints far and wide and will be sorely missed.

 Our thanks to Gwenda Swinney for help compiling this article.

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