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FERRIS, Mary (nee Beaton)

July 11, 1921 – Aultbea, Scotland
March 5, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Mary Ferris of Calgary, AB passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the age of 92 years. She has joined her beloved husband of 68 years, Cyril, who predeceased her on May 10, 2010.

Mary, daughter of John and Johanna Beaton was born July 11, 1921 in Aultbea, Ross-shire, Scotland. As a young Wren in the Women’s Royal Naval Service, in 1942, she met and married Cyril Ferris, a pilot in the RCAF. She immigrated to Canada in 1946, and while proud of her Scottish heritage, she loved her adopted country and often spoke of the challenges of being a war bride. True to her Scottish roots, Mary was frugal although she was more than generous with her unconditional love. Mary committed her life to raising her family and providing a warm and welcoming home both in Calgary and at the summer cabin in Windermere, BC.

Mary is survived by her son, Douglas (Sharon) Ferris; her daughters, Joanne (William) Butler and Kathryn (Michael Gratton) Ferris; her eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Thomas United Church (100 Hawkwood Boulevard N.W.) on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through The family would like to express thanks to the home care team and caregivers who made it possible for Mary to stay in her beloved home until the end. We would especially like to express our gratitude to Elizabeth Libor who cared for Mary with love and compassion for over 7 years.

In living memory of Mary Ferris, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. We thank the universe for letting us share Mary in our lives and she leaves behind all the love, kindness and sweetness of a beautiful soul. We are blessed to be given such a gift of her and honored to know such a soul and thank her for allowing us to be a part of her life. She will never be forgotten for how could she be?

    My thoughts and prayers to all of you.

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  2. Beverly Dorscheid :

    My prayers are with the family at this time. Mary was a good neighbor and friend. We had many cups of tea and laughs during the years she lived on Carnarvon way.
    Beverly Dorsched

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  3. Keith and Millie McKee :

    Doug and Sharon: It was with great regret that we read of Doug’s Mother’s Passing. We offer our heartfelt condolences to you and your families
    Millie and Keith McKee

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  4. leslie erickson :

    Dear Doug, Sharon and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Les and Jim

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