August 19, 1914 – May 4, 2013
Mary Green Christie (nee Hooper), much loved aunt, sister and wife, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the age of 98.
Mary was born on the family homestead at Mere, Alberta on August 19, 1914, a tiny baby who was not expected to live. Mere was in the Alsask-Sibbald area, named by her postmaster father after the little town in England where he was born. Mary was three when she moved with her family into the house at 411 – 12 Ave NE, Calgary, leaving behind a favourite doll and an old coat which were replaced with a beautiful new doll and coat, fit for the big city. Mary loved to tell that story, and many others, about her early life in Calgary. She remembered the Armistice Day Celebration at the end of the Great War at Central Methodist Church, a parade in the street, and a big bonfire on the brow of the hill now known as Rotary Park.
Mary trained as a nurse at the Calgary General Hospital, graduating in 1937, and worked at the hospital in Nordegg, Alberta until she was invited to return to the Calgary General as a Supervisor to help train Student Nurses.
She married Andy Christie, a WWII veteran of the Italian and European Campaign, in 1952. Mary and Andy provided caring support to many members of the Hooper and Christie families.
Mary is survived by her loving sister, Margaret Austin of Qualicum Beach, BC, and many nieces and nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her dear husband, Andrew Watson Spence Christie in 2005. She was also predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law Nell and Hugh (Mac) McCullough; brothers and sisters-in-law, Stead and Lolamae Hooper and George and Martha Hooper, and most recently, her youngest sister and brother-in-law, Audrey and John Coats, and also by Andy’s family: his sister, Isobel (Frank Lord) and his brothers, Jim (Lil), Dave (Irma), and Bob (Edith). Mary will be missed by her many friends at Carewest Sarcee where she made her home for the past few years. A very, very special thanks to the staff there.
Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Family Graveside Service will be held at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Mary Christie, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences