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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: Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel

Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lesley Rebryna
Relation: Fellow UC member

My condolences to the Desmond family

From: John & Ann (Ozga) Kostyshyn
Relation: classmate of Bruce

Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you

From: Bob and Lil Loranger
Relation: Neighbor and friends.

We wish to send our Condolences to the Family.

From: Andrea Upham
Relation: Family friend

So sorry for your loss. Paul and I send our condolences to you all.

From: Krankowsky Deanna
Relation: Neighbours and friend.

Sincere condolences to the Desmond family. May Mary RIP.

From: Perry and Rhonda
Relation: Friend of the family

We are so sorry. She was a grand lady, someone so special, she’ll never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers out to you and your family.

From: Gerry and Louise Kievits

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families. 🙏

From: Sandra Himschoot

My condolences to Rodney and family. May the memories you shared with Mary bring comfort to you during this time, and always.

From: Cindy and Brian Twamley
Relation: Cindy is her niece. Cindy's mom, Violet, was Mary's sister.

Aunt Mary was a wonderful lady and we loved her dearly. I have so many cherished memories of time spent with Aunt Mary, throughout my lifetime. She was a treasured Auntie who had such a kind spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Mary’s children and their spouses, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She meant so much to so many. She will be dearly missed. Hugs and love to all her family. With love from, Cindy and Brian Twamley and Family

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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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