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Mallory Jones PRED

Mallory Jones Pred


Mallory Jones Pred died at home on Sunday, June 14, 2015. She spent her last days surrounded by close family and treasured friends.

Small, strong, beautiful, and busy on her feet, Mallory was in continuous motion: hiking, gardening, raking, sweeping, practicing yoga, cooking delicious food for family and friends. Busy off her feet too: knitting, painting, drawing, meditating, reading poetry, writing letters, listening intently, speaking with conviction and eloquence.

A longtime island resident, Mallory was born in New York City to Henry “Hank” Schubart and Barbara Joseph in October of 1937. During her teens, Mallory, her mother, and her younger sister, Linda, moved to California. After graduating high school, Mallory attended the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State, and the University of San Francisco.

At 22, Mallory married David Jones (Serva), a Berkeley musician, and had her first son, Martin. After the young couple separated, Mallory continued to pursue her studies and interests as a single parent, influenced and shaped by many of the new ideas, practices, and experiences of the era. She eventually earned a Masters in Psychotherapy before starting a private counselling practice in Berkeley.

In 1972, Mallory reconnected with Ralph Pred, an old flame. Happily, the two would go on to spend the next forty years creating a dynamic and committed life together. In 1979 the couple had a son, Noah. Eleven years later, drawn by the Schubart connection and the beauty of Salt Spring, the three moved north.

Settling into their Hank-designed Fulford home, Mallory’s lucid and eclectic aesthetic manifested in her careful placement of stones, plants, and artful objects, each one with a story, throughout her house. On the granite of the hill, a garden’s bounty was nurtured, blooming with flowers and filled with birds.

Radiating warmth, Mallory’s green eyes and smile were a fixture in the local community where she became a vital participant. An abiding lover of nature and engaged activist, she advocated passionately to protect the island from clear-cut logging, helped establish the Salt Spring Nature Conservancy, and worked to spark momentum for local public transport, contributing to many other causes along the way. A musical being, Mallory played piano and recorder from an early age, later in life discovering the joy of West African drumming. She went on to perform regularly with local drum group, Iroko – her husband Ralph often the first to dance.

Ralph predeceased Mallory in May of 2012. She leaves behind her sons Martin and Noah; her sister Linda; sister-in-law Sue and brother-in-law Lane; daughter-in-law Suzanne; nieces Willa, Michele, Emily, and Becky; nephews Tobias and Joseph; grandnieces Emma, Neva, and Linnea; grandnephews Sebastian and Clyde; great-grandniece Sophia; and her cat, Baloo.

Resilient, laughing, loving; honest and direct with her feelings; insightful and open-minded, Mallory was a wonderful and generous mother, wife, sister, and friend. She will be deeply missed.

The family would like to thank Dr. Beaver and his staff, as well as Karen, Sharon, and the rest of the nurses at VIHA for their compassionate care and support.

A farewell gathering will take place at Stowel Lake Farm on Sunday, July 12, 2015, at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Salt Spring Nature Conservancy.

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