Mary Cordelia Gandy 1869 – 1939

Mary Cordelia dies 69 years old

According to her death certificate Mary Cordelia’s died on January 1st 1939, age 69 years. The cause of death recorded was Pernicious Anemia, with Adenomata Thyroid. Her occupation is given as housewife, and address the family home at 1338 Grant  Street. At her time of death however she was living with her son Ernest  Henry (Hap ) and his wife Eileen at 48 Menzies Street.

Mary Cordelia older
Mary Cordelia in 1930’s. Photo courtesy Gerry Moore
Mary Cordelia Death Cert
Mary Cordelia’s death Certificate. Photo Don Gandy












23 January 1939

GANDY – At the residence of her son, Ernest H. Gandy, 48 Menzies Street, Mrs Mary Cordelia Gandy of 1338 Grant Street died this morning aged 69 years. She was a native daughter of Victoria and resided here all her life. There survive four sons, Charles of Seattle, Ernest H., Isaac and George, all in Victoria; four daughters, Mrs. W. Ball, Victoria, Mrs. W. Fell, Vancouver, Miss Violet Gandy, at home, and Mrs G. Moore, Victoria; three sisters, Mrs. J. Rutledge, Mrs. A. Ordano and Mrs. J. Lorimer, all in Victoria: also several nieces, nephews and grandchildren. The remains are resting at the Sands Mortuary, pending funeral arrangements.

GANDY- Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Cordelia Gandy, who died yesterday, will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3.30 at the Sands Mortuary Chapel. Rev. A. de B. Owen will officiate and interment will be in the family plot in Ross Bay Cemetery.

 Victoria Times 23 and 24 January 1939

GANDY – Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Cordelia Gandy took place yesterday afternoon at Sands Mortuary Chapel. Rev. A. de B. Owen conducted the rites. J. Allen, C. Collins, S. Parker, N. K. Nelson, C. W. Kinloch and E. Rutledge acted as pallbearers. The remains were laid at rest in the family plot in Ross Bay Cemetery.

Victoria Times 26 January 1939

Mary Cordelia’s Sisters

Mary Cordelia had three sisters, as mentioned in the obituary above.  Gerry Moore has provided photographs of two of her sisters below:

Ada Sims Ordano
Ada Sims Ordano

Gertrude Rutledge
Gertrude Sims Rutledge