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April 16, 1930 – Milk River, AB
February 23, 2017 – Calgary, AB

Mary Staker (nee Neal) of Calgary passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the age of 86 years

Born and raised in southern Alberta farm country, Mary knew the value of family and how people in a small community nurture and depend on each other. Those principles of generosity and support served Mary well – her door was always open and she will be remembered for her kindness and giving spirit.

When they were in their teens, Mary’s children sometimes brought friends to the Staker home who needed guidance. In fact, on more than one occasion Mary temporarily “adopted” a troubled teen, often for several months. Mary always welcomed her children’s friends and offered unconditional shelter despite her own financial hardships.

Mary believed strongly in doing good and helping people. She was a mentor and loyal friend, a second mother to many. Mary is survived by daughters Laura and Susan (Peter); grandchildren John and Heather; niece Kathleen and nephews Neal and Glen; and great-granddaughter Grace.

Mary was predeceased by sons Eugene and Richard and sister Kathleen. A Celebration of Mary’s Life will be held at a later date. Graveside Service will be held at Archmount Cemetery in Lethbridge. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Mary Staker, 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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