June 23, 1915 – Nov. 17, 2014
Mary was born to Mary Sutherland and Norman MacWhirter in Norwich, Ontario. She served overseas as a Nursing Sister in WW II where she met Joseph Stauffer, whom she would marry in 1947. They lived in Galt, Ontario where their children Judy and Tom were born. Most of their married life was spent in Aurora, Ontario, where Mary was active in the Aurora United Church and the community while she and Joseph (“JG”) raised their family. She loved summers at the family cottage on Canning Lake, Haliburton. In 2011, at the age of 96, Mary moved to Alberta to be closer to Judy and family. There the adventure continued, with new great-grandchildren to welcome, many happy times, and continuing contact with old friends in the East. Mary was predeceased by her loving husband Joe in 2002, and her cherished son Tom in 2003; also by her sister Jean Cranston and infant brother Donald. She was a loving mother to Judy Stauffer of Rimbey, Alberta; and an amazingly adored mother-in-law of John Hull. She was a treasured “Grandma” and grandma-in-law to: Kathleen Hull-Beagle and Kent Beagle of Rimbey, AB; Emily Hull and Ben Moore of Victoria, BC; and Adam Hull and Natalie Wuitchik Hull of Vancouver, BC. She was “Mamie” to seven great-grandchildren: Tavish, Cameron, Hudson and Josie Beagle; Nora and Molly Moore; and Linden Hull; and step-grandma and great-grandma to Justine and Lily Bryant of Victoria, BC. She is also survived by sister-in-law Isabelle Stauffer of Cambridge, ON and the Stauffer nieces and nephews.
Mary will be missed by family and dear friends of all ages, and remembered for her warm heart, great kindness, superb fashion sense, unfailing good humour, and enduring friendships. In her 99 years, she met life’s challenges with a grace and strength. She brought out the best in us.
A memorial service will be held at Rimbey United Church, Rimbey, AB on Monday, Nov. 24. at 11 AM. Condolences to J. Stauffer, Box 709, Rimbey, AB, T0C 2J0
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of the Assisted Living floor, Symphony Inglewood, Red Deer for their exceptional care and friendship.