Mary Harper

I had the privilege of being in the company of Mary at an event last October along with a couple of our colleagues.  Who knew the events that would unfold just a few months later. Mary will be sorely missed by Aviva. She really did make an impact on this business and her colleagues.

Before the event, she met us at our hotel reception dressed in a green satin/silk evening gown and a biker jacket!  She looked stunning and I smiled to myself because that’s not a look most ladies could pull off – especially at a formal event!

Mary really showed us her vulnerable side that evening, she wasn’t afraid to be honest or speak her mind which is so refreshing and she spoke fondly of her husband, children and parents.  Walking through the streets of London in the early hours bare foot (A.K.A. posh shoes are not comfy) and laughing whilst trying to flag down a taxi (when there’s not one in sight) is just so special now – a treasured memory.

I was thinking about how to describe Mary and looked up the meaning of “a force of nature”. It means the person has a strong personality or character — like a hurricane  – full of energy, unstoppable, unchallengeable, unforgettable. Yes, that’s it but also equally passionate about her children, family and the rights of the disadvantaged!

To her family, my heartfelt sympathy, I wish you strength at this challenging time.  Mary achieved a great deal in her short life, she is a credit to you, her family.  

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Christina Aspinall

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