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MONTGOMERY (de Haas), Mary Elisabeth

November 15, 1931 – November 9, 2012

Mary Montgomery of Calgary passed away on Friday November 9, 2012 at the age of 80 years.

Mary will be greatly missed by all her friends and family. Throughout her life, she made it her utmost priority to care for people: as a nurse, mother, wife and friend. She would go to great lengths to speak with almost anyone and took a genuine interest in people’s lives. Most of her life was spent living between Calgary and Toronto. Mary lived a full life, however, health issues began to take their toll over the past eighteen months. Mary passed away peacefully on Unit 93 in the Rocky View General Hospital. Special thanks to the medical and nursing staff of Unit 93 and Royal Park Retirement Residence.

Mary is survived by a daughter Jennifer de Haas; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Dr. William (Vim) de Haas and Ian and Sylvia de Haas; six grandchildren, Thomas, Eric, Stuart, Mercedes, Brianna, and Jacqueline. She is also survived by a brother and sister, Donald and Molly Montgomery, Jane and Trevor Eyton all of Toronto and their families. Mary was predeceased by her parents Richard and Margaret Montgomery.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of Mary Montgomery, 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

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  1. Peter Keresteci :

    I have many great memories of the time spent at “Little Mary’s” home in Toronto while visiting my school buddy Ian. I will never forget the fun times in her basement and the house filled with Sticky Notes. You will be missed but never forgotten.
    Peter Keresteci

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  2. Kelly & Bob Wright :

    Jenny, Vim & Ian,
    Although I haven’t seen any of you in many years, your mom kept us up to date with your families activities over the years through my mom, Sylvia Herbinson. It was fun to see your mom when she lived here in Toronto. She will be greatly missed by all but especially by my mom who had known Mary for almost her entire life. Mary was a kind, considerate and compassionate person who could always make us laugh. Our thoughts are with you and your families at this difficult time.
    Take care,
    Kelly Wright (nee Herbinson)

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  3. Susie and Greg Belton and family :

    Dear Jenny, Vim, Ian and families,
    So sorry for your loss. I have such wonderful memories spending time with the extended family on Kennisis Lake. Aunt Mary was truly one of a kind. We look forward to sharing memories at the service in Toronto in several weeks time.
    With Love,
    Susie, Greg, Scott, James and Victoria xo

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  4. Marion (Eyton) Hall :

    Dear Jenny, Vim And Ian
    My condolences on the loss of your Mom. I haven’t seen her in many years, in fact not since the wonderful family get-togethers we used to have at Christmas , at Trevor’s and Jane’s . I am in Arizona at present but hope to attend the memorial,service for her in December ,in Toronto, and will see you there.
    Marion Hall

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  5. Sean Herbinson :

    Mary was well loved by the entire Herbinson clan and she will be much missed. My sincerest condolences.
    Sean Herbinson

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  6. mary ann turville simpson :

    We send our deepest sympathy to all Marys family. For the past few years I had not sent her a birthday card on the 15th November and I was going to phone her tomorrow. Mary was my seat mate at St Clements and then for a time George and I enjoyed many fun hours with both Bill and Mary. I have warm memories of a friend. Mary Ann

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  7. Patricia Berenguer :

    Vim, Ian and Jenny,

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Your mother was a wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

    Patricia Berenguer

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  8. Debbie Findlay and Paul Edmonds :

    Dear, Vim, Ian and Jenny:
    We are all so sorry for your loss. Have been thinking about your Mom since hearing the news of her passing – lots of wonderful memories of Aunt Mary and all of you at Kennisis Lake, Cottonwood Drive and Caledon celebrations. Some stories to tell when we see you in December! She was always so kind and interested in how we are doing. We’ll be thinking about you tomorrow. Love, Debbie, Paul, Kate, Trevor, John and Hayley

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  9. Dear Jenny, Vim & Ian
    My sincere condolences to you. I have fond memories of the big part of our life we were able to share with Mary and will miss her.
    John Niemack

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  10. Alix (Rankin) Taggart :

    Jenny,
    It’s been over 30 years. I read your mom’s obituary in the Globe and wanted to send my condolences. I’ve thought of you over the years, and when I read that your mom would go to great lengths to speak to anyone I wanted to reach out.
    You and your family are in my thoughts at this sad time.
    Your old friend from Banff, Alix

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