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LYALL, Mary Joan (Brown)

August 30, 1913 – August 16, 2011

Mary Joan Lyall did “not go gentle into that good night” on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at the age of 97 years.

Born in Edmonton, AB to Frank Gordon Brown and Grace Frances Hambly, with her brother Doug, Mary grew up in the Highlands. She married Millan (Mell) Lyall in 1942. They brought up their family of three children, moving to Calgary in 1959. Shortly after Mell’s retirement, the couple moved to the Kelowna area where they resided until Mell’s passing in 1991. Mary returned to Alberta, living in Water Valley then Crossfield. Mary was a compulsive knitter most of her life, in her later years contributing blankets and scarves to a number of charities.

Mary is survived by daughters Jean (Norman) Sefton and Barbara (Ed) Middleton; son Bruce (Judy Gilbert); nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and two nieces. She was predeceased by her parents; her brother; her husband Mell of almost fifty years; brother-in-law Donald; and sister-in-law Dorothy; and her close friend Mearl Potter.

A Memorial Service will be held at Crossfield United Church (1005 Ross Street P.O. Box 233 Crossfield, AB) on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to Crossfield United Church, 1005 Ross Street P.O. Box 233 Crossfield, AB T0M 0S0 or to Rocky View Lodge, 1220 Hammond Avenue P.O. Box 159
Crossfield, AB T0M 0S0. The family wish to extend special thanks to the compassionate staff at Rocky View Lodge for their warm care in our mother’s last years, and the assistance given by the caregivers of WeCare.

In living memory of Mary Lyall, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE. Telephone: (403) 948-1100.

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  1. I remember your mom well from my days at the CIBC, and would often see her at the Lodge when I was there visiting. I hope the years that you shared, the memories created together will sustain you in your loss.

    Jo Tennant

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  2. Carole Patterson [Andrews} :

    I know much time has passed but would really like to get in touch with JeanSefton [Lyall] married to Nornman.
    Am a friend from years ago.Am on facebook also

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