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WASHINGTON-STOFLE, Mary Elizabeth

April 4, 1921 – Birmingham, Alabama
September 4, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Mary Washington-Stofle of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the age of 93 years.

Mary was a Master School Teacher for thirty years and a dedicated Toastmaster who took up story telling as a vocation soon after retirement. Mary was a regular performer at the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival and had a special passion for impromptu dance.

Mary is survived by two sons, Ed Washington and Michael Love Santee; four grandchildren, Omar, Sierra, Sasha and Gabriel and one great-grandson Ezekiel; brother Charles Washington and sister Fleata Osborne as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by several husbands.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service at Queen’s Park Cemetery on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. (meet at the cemetery entrance). Tidings and Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Mary Washington-Stofle, 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. I hope that before long your grief will be eased by the good memories and the wonderful stories. Oruna is unforgettable!

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  2. Laura Tysowski :

    First of all my deepest deepest sympathy. I met Mary a couple of years ago on my lunch hour at Olympic Plaza. She was sitting in a tall chair by the Famous Five. She touched my heart. I was just talking a stroll and bam there she was. She looked beautiful and I just had to tell her that. She smiled and asked if I had time to chat. I said of course I would love that. We sat and she talked and I listened. She asked if I would sign her book and I said I would be more than happy to sign her book. I wish I had time to hear about all the people in her book. There was a feather on the ground and she told me what it meant. I’ll never forget that and every time I see a feather on the ground a smile comes to my face and I think about her and how she came into my life. What a beautiful role model and I’m jealous I wasn’t one of her students. It saddens me to hear of your loss but I will always remember her and she will hold a special place in my heart. One day I will do as she did and sit in the park and meet people.

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  3. Ginny Cordray Harrington :

    I have many fond memories of Mary Beth (that’s the name I remember her by). She was always full of energy and ready to try something new. My father often took us to visit Mary Beth. There were always interesting discussions. I remember hiking in Los Troncos Woods, helping clean up her classroom after summer school, giving her a ride some place and listening to her stories. I am sorry to hear of her passing. She has touched so many lives including mine. I am glad to have known her.

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