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SIGNISH, Mary Ann (nee Phillips)

SIGNISH, Mary Ann (nee Phillips)
May 5, 1919 – Boharm, Saskatchewan
December 1, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Mary Signish passed away peacefully with family by her side on Monday, December 1, 2014 at Bow View Manor at the age of 95 years.

Mary was born May 5, 1919 in Boharm, Saskatchewan. She lived on the family farm until her late teens when she ventured out to work. She was predeceased by her husband, Nick Signish in 1986; her father, George Phillips in 1926; her mother, Isabella Phillips in 1977; and a very special Uncle Hector MacDonald in 1985. Mary leaves a special step family to mourn her passing; Deanna (Wally) Slater, Louise (Ron) Lefebvre and Fred (Rita) Schum. “Grandma Mary” was beloved by Alyson Zwack, Angela Menjavar, Andrea Johnson, Bretlend Sauve, Chantale McCleary, Wade Sauve, and Marissa and Devon Schum, all of Calgary; David Lefebvre of Edmonton, Ross (Sharon) Edmondson and Brad (Michelle) Edmondson of Sardis, BC along with all of their families.

Mary’s passing is also grieved by her cousins Heather Goulden and daughters Nealia (T.J.) Maddock and Megan (Desmond) Greengrass and their families, all of Calgary, Lee Barber of Moose Jaw and Della Barber of Turner Valley and her daughters Sabrina (Joel) Herrera and Krista McIntyre (Chris Carbert) and their families.

Mary worked at the Regina General Hospital in various positions for 38 years, retiring in 1981. In 1977 Mary was chosen by her employer, in recognition of her dedicated service, to receive the Queen’s Medal, given on the occasion of the twenty-fifth Anniversary of the accession of her Majesty The Queen to the Throne. She loved her work and made many friends at the hospital. She was a devoted care-giver to her family and community. She volunteered through her church to make school lunches for the inner-city children in Regina. She also volunteered at the Regina Hospital Museum.

Mary enjoyed many kinds of needle work; petite point, cross stitch, knitting and crocheting. For many years she knitted bed slippers for people in the nursing home and she would buy Christmas broaches for the ladies.

Mary loved her dogs. She named them all “Laddie”, a reflection of her Scottish heritage, but loved them individually and without reservation. Even as she neared the end of her life the presence of a dog was always a joy to her.

Mary moved to Calgary in 2005 to be closer to her family. She lived at Scenic Acres Retirement Residence before moving to Bow View Manor in 2011.

We will remember her gentleness, strength, kindness, generosity, humour, which she never lost, and her love of family and animals.

Celebration of Mary’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY(Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service to take place at a later date in Riverside Cemetery, Regina, SK. Arrangements entrusted to Speers Funeral Home in Saskatchewan. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Mary Signish, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. My deepest condolences To Mary’s family. She certainly was a special lady as she was my late mother’s first friend at Bow View Manor. I always enjoyed seeing her smiling face in the lounge and how it lit up when I would bring Disney, my westie, in to visit. I always made sure he said a special hello to her.

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  2. I want to offer my sincere sympathy on your loss. My name is Wyn, and I have known Mary probably since she came to the Bow View. I play the piano and sing to lead a hymn sing every Sunday afternoon. Mary has been one of the most faithful in attending. She seemed to enjoy sitting right near the piano (and I enjoyed that too) and she sang along with each and every song. When I would read the scripture, her face was attentive and I could tell she loved God’s word. Mary was very special to me, always warm and sweet and quiet, but always there, taking part. I was surprised and saddened to read of her death on Monday, for she was at hymn sing last Sunday. Please accept my sincere condolences. I am feeling sad to have lost one of my “angel choir.” But I know she is now singing in a far superior-the true-angel choir!

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  3. Carol and Pat Kydd :

    To the family
    I met Mary while I was Secretary at Carmichael United Church and she was so helpful in the Outreach Program and became a good friend.
    She was a very gracious and sincere lady. Our condolences.

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