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Pickering, Mary Jane

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Oct. 12, 1940 — Jan. 25, 2024

Mary Jane Pickering, died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, at 7:26 p.m. at the Rockyview Hospital, with family by her side. 

Mary was born in Fort Macleod on Oct. 12, 1940, to her parents Konon (Mike) and Margaret Zumik. She was raised in Pearce until they moved into Fort Macleod in 1957, where upon graduation Mary was employed at Telus (formerly AGT) until her marriage to Walter Pickering on Feb 9, 1963, when they moved to Calgary. 

Mary had a long rewarding career with Telus and after retirement she joined the Telus volunteer group, knitting and sewing garments for patients with dementia. She received an Act of Service Award for her 30 years of service of making these items.

Mary was predeceased by her husband Walter after 60 years of marriage; by her parents Mike and Margaret Zumik; and by her sister Shirley Anne at the early age of two.

Mary is survived by her three sons, Leonard, David and James Pickering; seven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. She is also survived by her two sisters, Rose Allen and Lucy Pickering.

Mary will be cremated and a celebration of life will be held for her at Zentner Funeral Homes in Claresholm on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, at 11 a.m.

Mary will rest in Claresholm Cemetery. 

Rest in peace dear Mom and sister.

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