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DONNELLY – Mary (Sparky) (nee McDonald)

February 17, 1922 – November 3, 2010

Mary (Sparky) Donnelly passed away peacefully at the Bethany Care Centre in Calgary, AB on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at the age of 88 years.

Mary was born on February 17, 1922 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. She took great pride in her family and gave us her unconditional love and support. She was also very proud to work in her chosen profession as an LPN with the Calgary General and Holy Cross Hospitals.

Mary is survived by her children, Brian Donnelly, Rose Meadows and Paula Cairns; grandchildren, Jennifer and Jay Billesberger, Kelly Schneider, Christopher and Tim Donnelly, Shane, Marcus and Drew Donnelly; and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers and three sisters. She was predeceased by her husband Martin Thomas and youngest son Michael Barry.

No service well be held, a celebration of Sparky’s life will take place at a later date. Forward condolences through A special thank you to all the staff on the MDE Unit at Bethany Care Centre, the dedicated care that you gave our mother is greatly appreciated.

In living memory of Mary Donnelly, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Mrs. Bll Gillis (Joan) :

    Family: I just learned of Mary’s
    passing and wanted to extend my sincere
    condolences. Having been brought up in
    Glace Bay, I knew of the Donnelly’s and
    Rose Donnelly MacKay lived on Alexander
    St, a neighbour of my Mom, Mary Wiseman.
    As well Rose taught school with my twin
    sister June in New Waterford. But mainly I wanted to express my condolences, because my husband Bill, former MLA cannot do so, having passed
    away on Aug. l5, 2009. Martin and Mary
    were great supporters and workers for
    Bill during provincial elections, and he
    was most appreciative of their efforts.
    I am sure they travelled with him in the
    early years to introduce him. It is
    because of people like Martin and Mary
    that Bill got to do a job he loved.
    Sincere condolences and many thanks.
    May she rest in peace.
    Sincerely, Joan(Wiseman) Gillis
    7 Sunset Terrace, Antigonish, N.S.
    B2G lK2

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  2. Paula, Ken and Family
    So sorry for your loss.


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  3. alonzo (lonnie) reddick :

    On behalf of my wife Sonja and family I send heart felt christian sympathy to the son, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters and brothers of the late Mary “sparky” Donnelly. We want all of you to know that we will keep you in our prayers now and in the days ahead, as you go through your time of mourning. May the God of Love, Peace and Joy dry the tear stained eyes so you can see the people around you whom love you and fill your broken hearts with peace and joy. May God Bless all with a special blessing.

    Sincerely Alonzo (Lonnie)Reddick

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  4. hayward & sonja hollett :

    On behalf of my wife Sonja, sons Roger and Robbie,
    We send sympathy to family, friends and many acquaintances of the late Mary “sparky” Donnelly may God bless all of you as you mourn the passing of your loved one.
    Sincerely Hayward & Sonja Hollett

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  5. Ann & Doug McKay :

    Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mom “Sparky”. We had lots of laughs with Mary while she lived in Aulds Cove. I remember one year she dressed up as Santa Claus for the kids in Aulds Cove at the Fire Hall. Our son was only 15 months old and she made a house call to see him in her Santa suit. We still have it on a movie we took at the time. We always saw Mary and Barb together. Everytime I pass their house, I think of her. Our condolences to all.

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  6. Hey you guys,so sorry to hear about Sparky’s passing. We loved growing up across the alley from your whole family. I’m glad I got to see her in Costco a couple of years ago with Paula, she was a peach and will be missed.

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  7. Gerald & Zina Chiasson :

    To the Donnelly Family,
    We were sorry to here about Sparky’s passing. Sparky and Barbara shared many jokes & laughs when they visited the shop regularly for their hairdos. There was always lots of humor! I will cherish the memories. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Please accept our sincerest condolences.
    Take Care , Gerald & Zina

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