1942 – 2012

CHATO: Mavis of Grand Forks passed away peacefully with a smile on her face in Mexico in the care of a good friend on March 21, 2012, the equinox. Mavis was born in Beechy, SK on January 3rd, 1942.

Mavis’ career began as a legal secretary, but became a social worker and for many years worked for the Boundary Family and Individual Services Society of Grand Forks, BC. Among many contributions she led the first new parenting group and played an active role in the development of The Gables housing project. Mavis was well loved and appreciated by her peers, colleagues, and family. Mavis will be remembered for her gentle spirit, intellect, and peaceful kindness. She was an inspiration to many and a model of empowerment. Mavis is survived by her three children: Johl Chato, Ayen Chato, Brenan Chato, her two grandchildren Jasper Sol Chato and Julia Ocean Chato, and her sisters Kathy Rains (and husband Barrie Rains) and Beverley Owens, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mavis’ life will take place on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013, from 11 am – 2 pm at the Anglican Church of Grand Forks.

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