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WRAY, Dorothy May (nee Buyers)

February 12, 1919 – December 16, 2012

Dorothy May Wray (nee Buyers) of Airdrie, AB, formerly of Irricana, AB, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the age of 93 years.

Dorothy was born in 1919 in Youngstown to May and James Buyers. They resided 27 ½ miles away in Bigstone. In 1925, they moved to Onoway where Mom worked in a grocery store. In 1941, she worked at Kresgies and Safeway in Edmonton. She met Jan Wray in 1939 and they were married in 1942. They moved to Barry, Ontario where Jan was stationed in the army. Mom moved back to Edmonton when Jan was sent overseas during the war. Their son Gord was born in Edmonton in 1945. Dorothy, Jan and Gord moved to the Houston-Wray farm in Irricana in 1946. Wendy was born in 1948 and lived at the farm until Jan died on October 30, 1965. Dorothy moved to Calgary in 1967 and worked with Calgary Co-op for over fifteen years. She retired in 1983.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Gordon Wray of Brownvale, AB and Wendy Geier (Bryon Geier) of Keoma, AB; grandchildren, Phillup Wray, Lynnette Wray-Robertson (Ross), Deanna Bell (Trevor), and Carrie Lucas (Curtis); and great-grandchildren, Courtney, Ryan and Nolan Bell, Reegan, Brennan and Caeden Lucas, and Skye and Kirk Robertson. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Jan Wray; parents James and May Buyers; sister Edna Jolly; and many brothers and sisters-in-law.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through Many thanks to all the staff of the Bethany Airdrie Supportive Living for all the care and compassion given to Dorothy over the past three years! Also to the staff of Huntington Hills Statesman Life Center for the companionship and support for her life there for ten years. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 15 Colonel Baker Place N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 4Z3 Telephone: (403) 261-7219.

In living memory of Dorothy Wray, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Karen, Ken and Frank Murdoch :

    Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. She was a very special lady.
    Sincerely, Karen , Ken and Frank Murdoch

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  2. Dear Wendy and all your family,
    We send our sincerest sympathy for the loss of your mom. She was always one of my special aunts and I was very blessed to have grown up near you all. Don and I remember our wonderful visit with your mom last August. She looked so beautiful and dressed so smartly. We know that you will all miss her so much.
    Love from Don and Lorna Wray Lepper Nutini

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  3. Ron & Bev Poffenroth :

    Wendy & Bryon and family and Gordon and family,
    May it comfort you to know others are thinking of you at this difficult time.
    Please accept our condolences.

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  4. Leila MacKenzie :

    Wendy and family,
    May your sorrow be softened by the love that still unites you and by the cherished memories you will always carry in your heart.
    With deepest sympathy

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  5. Bill & Corine Hagel :

    Dear Wendy & family:
    Our thoughts & prayers have been with you all in the loss of Dorothy. She truly was a wonderful person.
    With deepest sympathy, Bill & Corine Hagel

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  6. Bill Clapperton :


    My condolences on the loss of your mother. I didn’t realize she was your mother, as my wife’s mother is in the Bethney centre as will with Brian Clayton’s and Dallas De Witt’s mothers. I read the list of names once in awhile. Take care hope to see sometime.

    Bill Clapperton

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