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GRAY, Mary Catharine (nee McPhedran)

August 3, 1920 – January 1, 2012

Mary Gray of Calgary passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2012 at the age of 91 years.

Mary was a faithful member of Grace Presbyterian Church for over sixty years. She worked for many years as co-owner of Gray’s Letter Service and then in the Political Science Office at the University of Calgary.

She will be fondly remembered as a loving mother, devoted grandmother and for her wit and charm. Mary was a good friend to many and will be lovingly remembered by her son Ian and daughter-in-law Sharron, and her grandchildren Andrew and Angela. She was predeceased by her husband, the late Donald R Gray, in 1981.

A Memorial Service for Mary will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes can be made in Mary’s name to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Mary Gray, 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. Ann Ollerenshaw :

    Ian and Sharron, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have wonderful memories of Aunt Mary and my visits with her in Calgary. Love Ann

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  2. Ian, Sharon , Andrew and Angela. Thinking about you at this time. Sorry we cannot be there. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you. Love Susan and Dennis Laker Phillip and Emily, Daniel -Brandi, Joshua, Eva and Jordyn.

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  3. Please accept my sincerest condolences on the death of Mary. I have and will continue to have many fond memories of Mary during our time together at the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary.
    To say the leasst she ran a tight ship with some of us Professors, keeping us to the tasks at hand and preventing us from wandering too far astray (i.e. keeping us humble). At the same time her wit and personality contributed to a genial working environment.
    Several of us professors kept in touch with her after her retirement and she remained a treasured friend.
    WE will miss her.

    Stan Drabek

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  4. Patricia and Robert Elford :

    Just found out about Mary’s death. We haven’t forgotten her welcoming us in when we came by unexpectedly on our trip out West many years ago. We’re glad you got to live in the same area as your mother for a good length of time.

    Robert’s mother died on January 7th so, although we can’t say we know how you feel, we have some idea. Our condolences to you, Ian and Sharron, to Andrew and Angela, and to your extended family.

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