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BUCHANAN, Mae Forgie (nee Wilson)

February 1, 1917 – September 21, 2011

Mae Buchanan of Calgary passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at the age of 94 years.

Mae was born in Winnipeg, MB on February 1, 1917. She worked with CP Rail for thirty-five years. Mae was the organist for several churches and taught piano and organ. She led a chorus of friends known as “The Buchanan Singers” which entertained at nursing homes for many years. She was the pianist and past honoured Royal Lady of the Royal Purple Lodge in Calgary.

Mae is survived by her daughter Mary Buchanan of Calgary; nieces, Mary Edwardsson of Winnipeg, Margaret Ann (Harvey) Hudson of Ft. Frances, ON, Elizabeth Mae (Harvey) Harrison of Calgary, and Isobel Petrone of Stony Plain, AB; nephew Ian Wilson (Dorothy) of Calgary; and their extended families; thirteen great-nieces and great-nephews. Mae was predeceased by her husband John Grinley Buchanan in 1986; her sister Ann (Jim) McLennan; and her brother John (Mary) Wilson.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Sunday, September 25, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at Holy Cross Anglican Church (2828 – 19th Street N.W.) on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Mae Buchanan, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Lawrence and Maiona Hobbs Turangi New Zealand :

    Dear Mary, Maiona and I would like to pass on our most sincere sympathy in this sad time for you. We have very fond memories of Mae in the short time we knew her and are sorry we were not able to get back to Calgary to meet up again. We enjoyed her company both in Calgary and while you were both out here in NZ. She will be sadly missed. All our love and kind wishes to you. Lawrie & Maiona

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  2. Peter and Sarina Carson :

    Sorry to hear of Mae’s passing. Grandma Buck was a great friend to her Kiwi ‘grandsons’ and will be sorely missed by all of us here in New Zealand. Our thoughts are with you Mary and family.

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  3. TED and EDNA POULTER :

    A friend for over 50 years and known as my “Calgary Mother ” May she rest in peace.

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  4. Graeme,Tina,Matthew,Aimee,Olivia Bartlett :

    Mary, very sorry to hear the news. Mae was a very special Lady to us here in New Zealand. Lots of fond memories spent at the “Buchanan Hotel”

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  5. Donna Marie Perry :

    Dear Mary and family,
    My sympathy and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your mother/grandmother. I remember so well her faithfulness to the Festival Chorus and always looked forward to seeing her at our concerts.
    Donna Marie

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  6. Ben and Yoka hulkenberg :

    Mary
    Sorry to hear about your mothers’ passing.
    Our prayers and thoughts go out to you.
    Yoka

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  7. Gord & Darlene Horne :

    Sending love and condolences at this time.
    Love Gord Darlene and family

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  8. Mary,

    Your fellow choir members at the Festival Chorus share your grief at the passing of your Mother. We probably have to thank your Mother for the musical training that she gave you in earlier years resulting in your own wonderful gift of singing that we all appreciate today.

    John Davies

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  9. Eddie and Eileen Quinn :

    It was with great sadness we received the news of Mae’s passing. We have fondest memories of the kindness shown to us on our visits to Calgary which we will never forget. Our condolences to Mary, who was a wonderful daughter to Mae. Deepest sympathy from Scotland to all the family.

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  10. Len, Julie and Kirstie Day :

    Gradma Buc – you remain fondly in our memories forever, a truly great Lady. Great times we shared both here in New Zealand and with you and Mary in Calgary.
    Rest in peace, but carry on the good work.
    Your other Kiwi Grandson.

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