Mary Margaret Long of Delia, Ab., passed away peacefully with family by her side on Sunday, March 22 at the Hanna Long Term Care Centre at the age of 96.
Mary was born on September 30, 1918 on the family farm in the Handhills, near Delia. She was the fifth oldest child of John and Jean Marshall.
She spent her early years on the farm with her siblings and attended Georgetown School, travelling by horse.
She was catcher for the ladies baseball team. Upon completion of school, Mary worked at the “Hut”, a small restaurant in Delia.
Like many young people, the glamour of the big city of Calgary beckoned and she worked at “Beavers”, providing customers with her fine cooking.
There she met two special and life-long friends – Flo and Jean.
In 1970 Luke travelled to China to marry May and Mary Long and Maude Marshall operated Luke’s café in Delia.
On September 8, 1943, Mary married Ivan Long of Delia and they settled into life on the family farm raising their family of five.
Mary worked diligently and lovingly, applying her talents of cooking, especially feasts of homemade spaghetti, homemade cinnamon buns and bread, large gardens and canning.
Mary shared her baking and garden produce with community and friends. She also won many first place ribbons at the Delia fall fair. There were also many enjoyable moments spent saskatoon berry picking.
Nothing made her happier than living on the farm, good crops in the field, a fun game of cards and her family, especially the new babies.
Mary and son, Ken purchased a home in Delia in 2005. During this time in Delia, she loved family gatherings with her sisters and making homemade spaghetti.
In February of 2011, Mary moved to the Sunshine Lodge in Drumheller. In December of 2012 she moved to the Hanna Long Term Care facility.
Mary was a devout Catholic who dedicated her life to her faith and to her continuously growing family of five children, 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. They were loved enormously by Grandma.
She enjoyed many card games and the occasional fun night at Bingo.
Throughout her years in Delia, she was a dedicated member of the Catholic Women’s League, Delia Royal Purple and the Farrell Lake Women’s Institute.
Mary was predeceased by her husband, Ivan on October 7, 1977 and her eldest son Jim on May 13, 2011. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Mickie Long of Drumheller, AB; Elsie (Brian) Littlejohns of Sydney, BC; Kay (Doug) Richards of Brentwood Bay, BC; Patty (Terry) Blocksom of Hanna, Ab; Ken Long of Delia, Ab and their families.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Hannah and all the HCA’s, LPN’s, RN’s, cleaning staff, rec department, OT and kitchen staff of the Hanna Long Term Care Centre and Helping Hands for their genuine attention, care, dedication, compassion and thoughtfulness shown to our Mom and Grandma.
Prayers will be held at St. George’s Catholic Church in Hanna, 7 p.m., Tuesday March 31, 2015.
Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at St. George’s Catholic Church Hanna, followed by Interment at the Delia Cemetery and lunch at the Delia Community Hall.
Donations can be made to the Hanna Long Term Care Centre or the Delia Seniors Centre.