August 24, 1916 – January 16, 2013
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother Mary. Mother was born in Thorney, England grew up and received her education there before coming to Canada in early 1941.
Mary was one of the first war brides and she survived a solo Atlantic crossing in early 1941 aboard the SS Nerissa leaving the UK and landing in Halifax. On the ship’s return voyage it was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland and there was a loss of 200 people, many of them newly trained pilots going to the UK. She lost many people in her life that fought for their country so we could have the freedoms and rights that we enjoy today. Mary loved Canada from one end to the other and everything it stands for. Mother was a very principled woman who believed in duty, honour and country. Although legally blind she voted well into her 90’s. Admonishing us with the words “you must vote, good men and women died for your right to do so.”
Mary is survived by her sons; John H. Harper and Roy E. Smith, daughter, Penelope M. MacPherson, and their families. She had seven grandchildren, including her treasured grand daughter, Natalie, and six great-grandchildren, and her brother, Gp. Capt. (P) John E. Hurry, DSO, DFC, RAF, retired and his family, sister-in-law Mona Hurry and her family, all living in the UK.
She was predeceased by parents: Col. John and Lucy Hurry, brother, Flt. Lt. Tom J. Hurry RAF, husbands; Sqdn. Ldr. (P) Robert H. Harper DFC, RAF, December 2, 1944, Gordon M. S. Smith, John R. Whyte.
The family would like to express gratitude to management and staff at Mount Pleasant House for their excellent care of Mary
There will be a private family service at mother’s request. In the summer when the flowers she so loved are blooming and the birds are singing we will have a celebration of her life at the home of her son Roy. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Mary Smith, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences