Shirley McAlary of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2007 at the age of 81 years.
Shirley was born on March 2, 1926 in Sudbury, ON. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Western Ontario in London, ON. On October 7, 1950 she married James Douglas McAlary in Sudbury. While James worked for Imperial Oil the family lived in many cities of the eastern provinces, settling in Calgary in 1979. She worked as a social worker in Calgary specializing in child protection and welfare, becoming a supervisor until her retirement. Shirley was an accomplished pianist, enjoyed quilting and loved to read. A faithful member of McDougall United Church, she loved meeting new people. Shirley always believed in learning and mastered the computer in her seventies. Her family was her greatest joy and she took great pride in all their accomplishments.
Shirley is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Nancy McAlary and John-Mark Lyons of Mississauga, ON; her son and daughter-in-law Hugh McAlary and Nancy Gilmore of Edmonton, AB; and her loving cat, Harris. She is also survived by her cousin Jacqueline Williams of Mississauga, ON; as well as by several in-laws and friends. Shirley was predeceased by her husband James Douglas McAlary, her son Christopher Walter McAlary, and her granddaughter Sarah Kristen McAlary.
Funeral Services will be held at McDougall United Church (8516 Athabasca Street S.E.) on Thursday, Sept 6, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Alberta, Suite 134, 1935 – 32nd Avenue N.E. Calgary, AB T3E 7C8 or the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521-3433.
In living memory of Shirley McAlary, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences