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DOCHERTY, Elizabeth (Betty)

July 3, 1927 – Clydebank, Scotland

December 29, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Mrs. Elizabeth (Betty) Docherty of Calgary, surrounded by her family, passed away peacefully on December 29th.

Betty is survived by her six daughters, two sons, three sons-in-law, fourteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Betty was predeceased in 1969 by her husband Simon Docherty, in 1971 by her mother, Elizabeth Wright and in 1942 by her father, Arthur Wright.

Betty, Simon and their two children emigrated from Scotland to Toronto in 1952 eventually settling in Calgary in 1954. Betty, who taught in the Calgary Separate School District for thirty-three years, retired in 1987.

A funeral mass with reception to follow will be held on Friday, January 2nd at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 – 19th Avenue N.W.)  Condolences may be forwarded through  In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests that donations be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB  T2N 1Z6  Telephone:  (403) 264-5549,

In living memory of Betty Docherty, 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.


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  1. Bill and Val Ellchuk :

    It is always very difficult to mourn the loss of a family member but even more difficult to mourn at a time of year that is supposed to create many great memories for families. So thankful that you and your family were able to spend some time with her this Christmas before her passing. Hopefully she is now at peace. At these times in our lives it is always so nice to have a large family. We all need emotional support during such a difficult time. Please know that our thoughts are with you and your family as you come together and find strength as you prepare to celebrate your mother’s life.

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  2. Rob and Lorraine :

    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time.

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  3. I am so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing, and am grateful you let me know. Although I only met her for a short week in Mazatlan, she, and your family, were wonderful to meet and I still cherish our memories.

    My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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  4. Elizabeth Donnachie, Alan Burns, and family :

    We are thinking of all of you at this time. I have had many “flashbacks” of her over the years during this past week. I especially remember how she was there for our family while my mother was hospitalized. But she would never want our memories to be maudlin. When we were young (and not so young) she would always listen to our stories, nod and then reply “Aye, that will be right”.

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  5. Sydney Kennedy :

    Oh Arthur,
    I’m sad to hear the news of your Mom’s passing and I know that this is a rite of passage for you. So, I’ll pray for you and your family that each day you find the strength to accept that physically your Mom has left you, but her spirit will live on forever.
    Lots of love,
    Sydney J

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  6. Dee & Frank Oreilly :

    Lisa, Phil, Family and Friends.

    We are very sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom.
    May The Dear Lord Give You Comfort.

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