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HARPER, Mary-Ann Nahmeoki

September 15, 1931 – Calgary, Alberta
October 22, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the peaceful passing of Mary-Ann at the age of 87 years.

Mary-Ann was born to Nahmeoki and Harry Murray on September 15, 1931 at the Grace Hospital in Calgary. She attended Ramsey, and Haultain grade schools, and Western Canada High School, where she met her husband of sixty-seven years, Donald Harper. They first met when Don apparently rescued Mary-Ann from an awkward dance partner. Their affections grew for each other and they eventually married April 28, 1951. Together they raised six children. The couple loved to dance and they were very active socially. Mary-Ann had many good friends and belonged to two Bridge clubs and the Calgary Tennis Club that kept her busy late into her seventies. Despite her extreme fear of water she learned to swim in her forties, which was also around the same time she took up tennis. Mary-Ann had many talents she enjoyed watercolor painting, drawing, and was a gourmet cook. Everyone that knew Mary-Ann knew she was very competitive; it didn’t matter whether it was cards, tennis, billiards, or just plain arguing she loved to win! She will always be remembered for her kind, loving, and generous spirit.

Besides her husband, Don, Mary-Ann is survived by her only sister  Helen Dodd (Ron Menard) of Olds, AB.; and her six children, Rob Harper (Marilyn), Caron Smed (John), Janice Poettcker (Allan), Julie Lawson, Theresa Gilker (Ross), Nancy Harper(Brian); nineteen grandchildren, Lesley, Kandis, Kathryn, Benjamin, Samuel, Teresa, Elisa, Matthew, Erica, Jennifer, Mariena, Coreen, Jonathan, Jason, Sarah-Jane, Alexa, Rachel, Stephanie, and James; as well as twenty-three great-grandchildren; and one nephew. She was predeceased by her son-in-law Brian Ponting.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Mary-Ann Harper, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Cheryl Spelliscy (Harper)

    Rob, Caron, Janice, Julie, Theresa & Nancy. My deepest sympathy and heart felt sorrow goes out to each of you on the passing of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you and your families. What a wonderful lady she was, and I know she will be greatly missed. It was so special that we could visit with her in July when Jill and I came over after the Harper family reunion. I have such fond memories of her – and remember the Christmas Eve parties your parents put on, and summers up at Sylvan Lake. I think what stays with me most is her laugh / & giggle . Thinking of you all – god bless. Cheryl

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  2. I have known MaryAnn for a number of years through her son Rob and daughter in law Marilyn. She was a beautiful person. Loving and caring. She will be deeply missed. Sending my condolences to her family. May she Rest In Peace.

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  3. Don:
    My sincere condolences on Mary-Ann’s passing. She was a lovely and charming lady and will be missed. Lots of memories from the Courtesy Car parties

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  4. Thinking of all of you as you celebrate the life of your wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother Mary-Ann. I am so glad Cheryl and I had a chance to have a visit with her when I was in Calgary visiting my Mom Marie this past July. To uncle Don my heartfelt condolences on your loss. I have wonderful memories of aunt Mary-Ann and will share a few. There were many fun sleep overs in Kelvin Grove and Mary-Ann and Buster played and taught us many card games that we would play in the kitchen at the breakfast nook. She was an amazing hostess and I loved the family tradition of dropping over on Christmas Eve and the wonderful buffet she would put on. I think back now and really appreciate how busy she must of been with 6 kids that would no doubt be up early the next day. At Sylvan lake Mary-Ann reminded me of a beautiful Greek Goddess with her dark tan, nails always painted a bright colour and she was always so relaxed despite a cabin full of kids and cousins and of course your wiener dog Clarence! I will be thinking of all of you tomorrow and wish I did not live so far away at times like this.
    The commissioning that we end our services with at my church in Shediac is special to me and I hope you find comfort in the words. We had this hymn at Dad’s (Jack Harper’s) celebration of life as well.
    “Go now in peace. Never be afraid. God will be with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith; show you believe, reach out to others so all the world can see. God will be there watching from above. Go now in peace, in faith and in love.” Amen
    All my love- Jill Barnes

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  5. So sorry for the loss of your Mother and Sister – she was a wonderful gal. We always enjoyed the time spent with the Harper clan. Mary Ann will be sorely missed.
    Mary and Linda

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  6. I’m deeply sad to hear about Mary-Ann. I’m very upset losing a good friend.

    Barbara Hamilton

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  7. Stella (Harper)Thurston

    Don & family
    On behalf of your 5 boy cousins in B.C. and Bob & I we think about you in your time of mourning. Mary-Ann will be missed by a large family and lots of friends. We lost Bill last month, and
    Wilf and Les are in care now. George is frail, but hanging in there with wife Iris in their own home. I was over to Victoria last weekend to see them all.
    Love to you all,
    Stella & Bob Thurston in Okanagan Falls.

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