Mary Roote

1935 - 2021

Peacefully at the Southampton Care Centre on Sunday December 26, 2021. Evelyn “Mary” Roote (nee Nanibush) at the age of 86 years. Dear mother of Cheryl (Brian George), Fay Roote, Jackie Roote, Kelly Roote (Rosalyn), Treasa Roote (Bryant John), Sheldon Roote, Vicky Roote, and Richard Roote. Cherished ‘Granny Cat’ of B.J. (Samantha), Danielle (Richard), Katrina (Adam), Brent, Kayla, Zach, Landon, Logan, Piper, Aleda, Cashtin, Mia, Andrew, Ben, Robyn, Bella, and Lily. Dear sister to Ron Nanibush; and sister-in-law to Stan (Judy), Joanne, Pearl (Edgar), and Sandy (Kim). Predeceased by her parents, Alex and Kathleen; dear husband, Chief Melvin Roote (1998); daughter, Norma Johnson (nee Roote -1978); grandchildren, Sheila George (2013), Aaron Roote (2003), Greg Roote (1998), and Landon Roote (1974); brother, Alex Nanibush Jr.; and sister, Eleanor Cameron. Mary will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. Private family arrangements entrusted to the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home & Chapel, Sauble Beach (519) 422-0041. Interment in the Scotch Settlement Cemetery, Saugeen First Nation #29. The family would appreciate donations to the Alzheimer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Kidney Foundation, Heart & Stroke Foundation, or please plant a flower in Mary’s memory in a special place as she was an avid gardener. Condolences may be expressed online at

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