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Edith passed away peacefully in her residence in Calgary on November 24, 2014 at the age of 95 years, 164 days. She was born in Winnipeg June 13, 1919 to parents Ida and James McDowell. She was married to Roy Essery in 1946, her husband of 63 years, until his passing in 2010. Edith was predeceased by her sisters Helen and Grace, and her brother Stewart.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Stuart (Mary Lou), Cameron (Carola), Alison (Ken) and Elizabeth, and her grandchildren, Erin, Jamie, Ryan, Cary and Zach. She loved to talk and laugh with people, and share new experiences. Edith looked forward to every day of life, loved travelling, learning and first used a computer and email at age 82. Some of her fondest memories were her many summers spent at the family cabin at Caddy Lake, Manitoba where she loved to pick buckets of wild berries and freeze them for the winter months.

Edith’s blueberry pies were second to none. She spent most of her life in Winnipeg, and was an avid curler with many winter days spent at the Winnipeg Winter club. Another passion was the game of bridge, and she thoroughly enjoyed both the social companionship and the challenge. Edith tirelessly gave her time and energy to her family, friends, and the community.

She spent several decades volunteering her time with the United Church Women’s group in Winnipeg, the St. Agnes Guild and book market, and the Children’s Hospital Research Foundation. She regularly delivered meals to seniors for the United Way Meals on Wheels and could be counted on to help elderly friends and family in need. Edith was also a strong supporter of the performing arts, in particular the ballet and symphony companies in both Winnipeg and Calgary.

Her life will be celebrated in a funeral service held at 10 am on Saturday, December 6 at the Christ Moravian Church, 600 Acadia DR SE, Calgary, T2J 0B8. For those attending who want to celebrate Edith’s Irish connection, please feel free to wear a little green. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Edith donated annually to the Mustard Seed, Samaritan’s Purse and the MS Society. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Edith Essery, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Marion Rogers :

    Dear family of Edith,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss of dear Edith. We were neighbours at The Brickburn for many years and we enjoyed a special friendship together. She was a most delightful person who radiated warmth always, along with her kindness, caring and generosity. When my husband Vic was ill, she brightened his days so much by bringing over her wonderful cookies – always delivered with her beautiful smile. I will cherish my memories of her so fondly. I wish I could join you for her celebration of life on December 6th, but I will be away. I will most certainly be holding all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace dear Edith.
    Marion Rogers

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  2. Arlene Macdonald :

    To the Essery Family,
    My deepest sympathies in the passing of a mother, grandmother and a dear friend to many. I met Edith during my time at Christ Moravian Church and soon recognized she was a Grand Lady. In my time as Chair of the Silent Auction & Dinner at Christ Church Edith was always so supportive and doing whatever she could to make the event a success. Due to personnal circumtances I will not be able to attend the funeral in person but please know that you will all be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Arlene Macdonald

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