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SALLOUM, Mary

January 4, 1943 – Qaraoun, Lebanon
June 5, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce that Mary Salloum passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving and devoted children, Dan (Amy), Dana (Myles), and her cherished granddaughters, Natalie, Brenam (David), Rebecca, Abbey, and Vanessa.

Her granddaughters were her treasure and her life. She embraced their individuality and she shared her passion of cooking, gardening, travelling, and painting with each and every one of them. Mary wrote two best-selling cookbooks, A Taste of Lebanon and A Taste of the Mediterranean. In 1985 Mary, Dan, and Dana opened “The Cedars Deli” restaurants in Calgary, which introduced Calgarians to the wonderful flavors of Lebanese food.

Mary is also survived by her siblings, Sam (Renée), Lou (Helly), Jack (Nellie), Donna (Grant), and her many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, Wadih and Adibe, and lost her brother James in 1978.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McInnis & Holloway (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB) on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church (404 Meredith Road N.E., Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Graveside Service at Queen’s Park Cemetery, and a reception and lunch to follow at the Parish Hall. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes can be made directly to the Louise Dean Centre, www.cfs-ab.org/what-we-do/cfs-at-louise-dean-centre/, where Mary spent countless hours volunteering. A special thank you to the doctors and nurses at the PICU at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Cedars Villa, and her Caregivers Janice, Jo, Jannette, and Mhay.

In living memory of Mary Salloum, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.


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  1. Mary was a beautiful person. We are so deeply sorry for your loss. With our love condolences and our prayers, The Dixon’s

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  2. Barbara Baldwin

    Donna and Grant,
    So sorry to read about your sister. Mary was such a vibrant lady, hardworking and so pleasant. We know she will be missed by many. Our deepest sympathy.
    Barbara and Doug Baldwin

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  3. Dan , Dana and families, I have years and years of memories of Mary. She was loved and will be dearly missed.

    Sonia

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  4. We are sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful mother.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    Jim and Loretta Gotmy

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  5. Dianna Girodat

    Our deepest sympathy and love to all Mary’s family on your loss of such a wonderful and caring mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was always a shining light wherever she went. May God and the angels wrap their loving arms around all of you during your time of grief.
    Such a beautiful woman and spirit that shall be greatly missed! May she Rest In Peace.
    Dianna Girodat and family
    Laura Habib and family

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  6. Our love and Prayers go out to you all on the loss of this wonderfull caring person,
    Dana & family ,we will be there for you, in this time of need, please let us help you through this sad
    time. Love Lefty & Shirley

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  7. O NO
    I loved Mary so much. I used to be a regular decades ago and knew her as a young adult while she did cooking demonstrations at the television station my father worked for, that and she often catered events at the theatre I worked with. What a warm delightful charming gracious woman, funny funny funny and amazing honesty. Dan, Dana, please know my thoughts are with you. You are a great family and have truly broadened the palates of the west.
    Blessings to you all and to Mary: delicious dreaming

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  8. Brenda Arseneault

    To Mary’s family
    Mary was a sparkle and joy to be around. Mary was always up for a challenge and supported her community. A lovely person inside and out. Her fire in life was food and family….her cookbooks and special recipes. Thank you Mary.
    May she rest in peace.
    God bless
    Brenda Arseneault & Peter Ciavarella

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  9. Dear Dan and Family
    My deepest condolences on the loss of your dear Mother, Mary. My memories of her was was as a dedicated Mother who came to Canada for a better life for you all and worked hard for her family with you at her side. She was a wonderful successful business woman in growing Cedars with you.
    May your memories sustain you all in the days and years to come keeping her spirit alive.

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  10. Our most sincere condolences to the family. We remember visiting Mary in her home and buying a painting she did for us which we will always treasure.

    Mike and Sharon Boyle

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  11. Dan….
    We were very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.
    Our sincere condolences.
    Sheila, Bill and Kyle Clapham

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  12. Mesh and Shakeh Dayal

    Danny, Amy, Dana, Myles and families and all Salloum family:
    Our deepest condolences to all of you on passing of our dear friend Mary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you all and may God give eternal peace to the departed soul.

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  13. I met your Mother, Mary, during her cookbook selling days as I was with the Owl’s Next Bookstore at that time. She was a delight! Then I enjoyed food at “The Cedars Deli”. Lo and behold some years later, while driving home from shopping I notice a sign for an art sale. Who did I meet there but Mary! I fell in love with one of her paintings which is on our living room wall. As so many people, I was blessed to have known her through her passion for her cooking and art endeavours. May your memories sustain you in this time of sorrow. She will always be in your hearts.

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  14. Francine Sirois

    Dearest Dana and family:

    Stan and I want to convey our deepest condolences to you. Our hearts and prayers have been with you for the last while. Knowing how close you were to your Mom ,
    the warm memories she threaded in your hearts can serve to comfort you for ever. All our love to you.

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  15. MARIANNE DICKSON

    Dear Dan, Amy and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing and sorry for your loss. She was an incredibly strong woman. Please accept our condolences and prayers for you all at this time,
    Marianne, Claire & Davis

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  16. Leanne (Luhr) Machowski

    Dana, so very sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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  17. Jacquie Launer

    So very sorry for your loss. We have three of Mary’s paintings on our walls and met her when we purchased them. Condolences to all of her loved ones.

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  18. I’m deeply sorry for your loss

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  19. Ghassan Salloum & family (Ottawa)

    We were so saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. She was full of life and will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace.
    Sincerest condolences.

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  20. Your mother was a strong, independent, dynamic woman, and I feel fortunate to have known her. The service at St. Vladimir’s was beautiful.
    Donna Kelly

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  21. So sorry for your loss.

    Mary would always light up a room with her hearty laugh and warm personality.

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  22. Dawne, Dave and Douglas Toner

    Dana and families

    We are very saddened to hear about Mary – I feel blessed to have gotten to know her as our neighbor even if was just such a short time – she was truly a wonderful lady. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

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  23. Ursula Jamie and Robbie Steele

    We were all so saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. She truly created a trajectory of love and great character in your family. She always carried herself with great grace and beauty. She also loved her children and grandchildren fiercely taking great pride in each of you. We wish you solace at this time and joy in the memories and traditions you will carry forward

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  24. Dear cousins
    I am so sad and sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was a remarkable woman in so many ways – creative, hardworking, talented, filled with energy, warmth and enthusiasm. I loved her smile – she lit up the room! I know these are hard days for you all – please know our thoughts are with you.

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