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September 11, 1919 – Alida, Saskatchewan
December 9, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Dedicated Wife, Loving Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, Mary passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 9, 2014, in Calgary.

She was born September 11, 1919 in Alida, Saskatchewan the daughter of Elisa and Fred Lhenen. Mary attended St. Mary’s Girls School in Calgary. She was united in marriage to Gilbert Marion Riach on September 11, 1942 in Calgary, Alberta. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Gil on June 18, 1999. They were married for 57 wonderful years.

A superior mother and homemaker, Mary was an excellent cook and enjoyed making meals for her family and friends. She touched the lives of many people with her smile and generosity. She contributed to various charities and will be fondly remembered for knitting items for the less fortunate as well as extending her home to others whom she cared for and loved. Mary worked at Birks, Canada Post and at Stac’s Data Storage until retiring at age 55. Mary enjoyed spending holidays in Mexico and spent her summers at their cabin in Fairmont, B.C. where she helped Gil with his greenhouses.

She was lovingly cared for during the last few months of her life by her daughter and granddaughter Traci. The family gives them and everyone else who cared for Mary their greatest gratitude.

Mary is survived by her loving daughter Elizabeth Wamsteeker, three sons Greg (Marion), Fred (Kim), Ken (Navah) and also Gary and Darlene Gall and sons. Her brother and sister in law Fred and Dawn Lhenen, her grandchildren, great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews

A Celebration of Mary’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Family Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Mary Riach, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Sheila and Bernard Bradford :

    Fond Memories of Mary.
    When old times we do recall, that’s when we will miss you most of all.
    From your old friends (Brits) who were treated like your own family.
    Love you always.

    Sheila and Brad

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  2. Gerry & Lynore Park :

    Thinking of you in the loss of your mother and wishing there
    were words that could take the sadness away.

    With deepest sympathy.

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