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METHERAL, Blair Elain

April 8, 1943 – March 5, 2012

Blair Elain Metheral of Calgary, AB, passed away on March 5, 2012 due to complications from breast cancer at the age of 68 years.

Born in Maloy, Alberta to Wayne Wilber Palmer (1900-1968) and Dorothy Christina Palmer (nee Guernsey) (1912-1985), in 1943. Blair was raised on their farm near Goodridge, AB on the Beaver River with her brothers and sisters. She always said how many great times they had together there. Some of Blair’s teachers at White Rat School had a profound effect on her growing up too. Blair loved to dance and horseback ride with friends. At age fourteen she went to work at the Glendon Hotel, she moved to St. Paul, AB, to work as a waitress and then a cashier in a convenience store. By the time Blair was eighteen she moved to Calgary to work for Safeway as a cashier. She married James Patrick Metheral (1943-2010) on April 03, 1965. Jim and Blair were together until 1995. They had two sons together, Perry James (June 17, 1967) and Jason Price (April 27, 1970).

The family lived in Calgary until 1976 when they moved to Hinton for nine years. While in Hinton Blair was a member of Al-Anon, she participated in a local bowling league, and managed a Red Rooster Store. In 1985 Blair’s family moved back to Calgary and Blair spent the majority of her time with Calgary Family Services caring for people in the Calgary community. Blair enjoyed a variety of arts and crafts including sewing, knitting, crochet, needlepoint, community drum circles, playing guitar and harmonica.

Blair had many family and friends who loved her dearly. Many of them describe her as a tough farm girl, who is gentle and kind. She was compassionate and always willing to help out. She had a genuine smile, was generous, friendly, inspirational, hopeful, accepting, compassionate and a calm lady.

Blair is survived by Perry (Lara), Jason (Jody), and their daughter Jorja June (born July 17, 2007), nephew Kenneth (Maureen) and niece Karry (Morgan), sister-in-law Diane and son Troy, daughters Tanya (Chris) and Trudy (Shannon), her sister Nadine, sons Robert (Nancy), Milton (Sherry) and daughter Diane (Bob), brother Robert (Linda) their daughter Lisa (Walter), and son Cody (Tammy), brother Doug (Denise) and their sons Wayne (Tammy), Dewayne and Kevin, sister Dale (Mike) and their daughters Seline and Rene.

Blair was predeceased by her father and mother, sister Shirley 1996 and brother Roy in 2007.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Eastside Memorial Chapel (5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through Blair’s wishes were to be cremated. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Suite #400, 105 12 Ave S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 1A1 Telephone: (403) 297 – 1700,

In living memory of Blair Metheral, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside Memorial Chapel, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-248-8585

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  1. Dorothy Gene Taylor ( Larsen) :

    Perry and Jason and family.. I am so very sorry to hear of the unfortunate death of your dear Mom.. She was a well loved member of the whole Metheral family.. Every time I heard anything about Blair it was in wonderful terms.. She was born in the same year I was and I enjoyed seeing pictures of you growing up and seeing a picture of her dear Grandchild.. Blair will be missed by so many.. May good memories flood in when you seek solace in prayer and retrospect.. I am in USA at present so will not be able to attend the funeral Hugs Dorothy

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  2. Fay&Dennis Stiles :

    Our lives were made richer knowing Blair and are saddened by the news of her passing……we send our deepest sympathy to all the family.

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  3. Dear Perry, Jason & family, so sad to hear of your dear mom`s passing. My deepest sympathy to you all. Love to you all. Gladys

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  4. Debbi Brooks :

    Perry and family:
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

    We all miss you at work.

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  5. Perry, Jason, brothers, sisters & families.
    Extremly sadened to hear of Auntie Blair’s passing. She will forever be in all of our hearts and will never be forgotten. No more suffering, no more pain, only eternal peace. Home at last…
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Lyle Moench.

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  6. Phyllis Coulter :

    Dear Perry, Jason & families, I have so many pleasant memories of your mom but her beautiful smile and giggle when she spoke of her dear granddaughter Jorja June makes me smile, she loved you all so very much, her premature passing is felt by us all, my love and caring wishes to you.

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  7. Lynda Cossins :

    My deepest sorrow on the passing of your beloved mother and grandmother. I knew Blair through her times with various seniors events in the NE. A kinder and more considerate person you could never meet. Blair was a wonderful friend to many. Now the pain is gone and the suffering for her is over. My thoughts and prayers are with each family member.


    Lynda Cossins (Calgary Family Services)

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  8. Dear Perry, Jason and families,

    I am sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a wonderful soul who loved her family very much. I always enjoyed a visit with her; she had a warm way of making you feel like you were special and important. She will be missed by many, thinking of you with love.


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  9. Bonnie Frizzell :

    Perry, Jason & families,
    My heartfelt sympathy on the death of your loving Mother & Grandmother. Her suffering is gone & she is at peace now. Please find strength in all your wonderful memories. I feel blessed to have had such a great friend for so many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all

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  10. Sari Shernofsky :

    Dear Perry and Lara, I was so sorry to hear about your loss and I send you my prayers and hugs. I hope to see you both soon.


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  11. Ronald D'Souza :

    Our warmest condolences on the death of your beloved mother. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief. We send you thoughts of comfort.
    Ronald, Jane and Rayner

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