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November 8, 1928 - September 13, 2022


On September 13, 2022, Mrs. Mary Desmond of Daysland, formerly of Spedden, passed away at the age of 93 years. She is survived by her 3 sons & 1 daughter, Lyle (Doreen) Desmond of Legal, Bruce (Marion) Desmond of St. Paul, Rodney (Cheryl) Desmond of Boyne Lake & Linda (Brian) Simpson of Daysland; 10 grandchildren, Shawna, Nathan, Kevin, Peter, Andrew, Adam, Vicky, Sarah, Kim & Robyn; 4 great-grandchildren, Spencer, Lexi, Charity & Parker; 2 brothers, Neil McDougall of Sturgeon County & Norman McDougall of Bon Accord; sister, Nellie Wagoner of Whitecourt; 3 sisters-in-law, Audrey McDougall, Louise McDougall & Linda McDougall; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins & friends. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Stanley Desmond; parents, Donald Lisle & Jean McDougall; her in-laws, Hart & Nellie Desmond; brothers, Alexander, William “Bill”, Donald, Charles & Noel; sisters, Jessie McDonough, Dorothy Waters, Violet “Vi” Black, Laura McDougall & Nora Rilling.

Mary’s life of hard work began on the family farm near Loverna, SK, where she was born on November 8, 1928. During the dirty thirties, her family relocated to Glenevis, AB, when she was eight. She moved to Edmonton at fourteen to work and help her family during the destitute years. In 1952 she married Thomas Stanley Desmond and moved to Spedden, where she raised her family and farmed. As the children grew and the farm work became more automated, she expanded her talents and hobbies as “Idle hands were a transgression”. Widowed at fifty-four, she filled her time babysitting grandchildren, gardening and discovering senior games. Mary loved floor curling, and even in her later years with very little mobility, she continued to play until the last few months. Always very generous with her talents and time, Mary supported her community, especially the United Church in Ashmont. Due to failing health in 2015, she relocated to Daysland, where she made a new life for herself, making new friends. Her life was a testimony to her deep and abiding faith and Christian principles as she touched many hearts.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Ashmont Agriplex (4019 Agriplex Road), Ashmont. Reverend Deanna Cox will be officiating, with interment in Ashmont Community Cemetery, Ashmont. Cremation has taken place. Those wishing to view Mary’s service online may do so by clicking the Live Service tab above. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice c/o 5626-51Stree, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1. To send condolences online, please visit www.gracegardensfuneralchapel.com.

GRACE GARDENS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1 780-645-2677


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From: Roberta Etherington
Relation: Grew up in the Boyne Lake area.

My condolences to the Desmond Family

From: Carole Myshaniuk

Sincere condolences Rodney and Cheryl and all your family on your loss. May she rest in peace and may her memory be Eternal.

From: Odette Misiewich
Relation: through ASCRA and other senior events.

My condolences to Rodney and Cheryl and family.

From: Sandy Misanchuk
Relation: Friends

Rodney, Cheryl and family,

Sending our condolesences to you at this difficult time.

Sandy & Rob Misanchuk

From: The Flack Family
Relation: Neighbours/Friends

Sincere condolences to the Desmond Family.
Our thoughts are with you at this time.
The Flack Family

From: Bill Ritchie
Relation: first cousin

To Mary’s children Bernadette and I send our deepest condolences and love. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you journey through life. I always remember Mary with a smile on her face. Bernadette and I will not be able to attend the service but God speed to you all. Cousins Bill and Bernadette Ritchie

From: Joanne Windiuk (Nelson)

Rodney, Cheryl & Family
My deepest sympathy for your loss. Wishing you comfort and peace in the days ahead and loving memories to hold in your heart.

From: Muriel Wiley
Relation: Cousin

Dear Linda and Families,
It is with great sadness we send our condolences to each of you. Mary was a Lovely person and she will be greatly missed.We have many good memories of her over the years. We would love to be with you at her memorial service, but are sorry we won’t be able to be there. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending love and hugs.
Muriel and Lawrence

From: Andrea Soucy

Linda,Brian, Robyn, Kim, and families. Sending you our condolences on the loss of your Mom and Grandma. Mary’s influence and the way she lived her life will stay with you always, she was blessed with having you all close by. Wish we could be there, but hope you know you are in our hearts and prayers. Love Andrea and Louis.

From: Ron & Eilene Damberger
Relation: Mary was a friend at our church

Our sincere condolences to the Desmond Family. Mary was a kind, warm ,soft spoken lady. God Bless You All.

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
September 24, 2022
Beginning at 2:00pm

Ashmont Agriplex
4019 Agriplex Road
Ashmont, AB Canada T0A 0C0

4019 Agriplex Road
Ashmont, AB Canada T0A 0C0

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