LAWSON, Maria Anna Lydia (nee Wagner)

September 9, 1955 – Mankota, Saskatchewan
March 31, 2023 – Calgary, Alberta

Maria Lawson, beloved wife of Doug Lawson, of Calgary, AB passed away at home on March 31, 2023 at the age of 67 years.

Maria was born in Mankota, SK and lived in Mankota, Swift Current, Calgary and Burnaby before returning to Calgary in the late 70s. For most of her career, Maria worked in a series of leadership positions at the Royal Bank of Canada. Maria married Doug in 1996, and they enjoyed their life together through many adventures – dancing, skydiving, balloon rides, many kilometers of hiking, spending time with their family, and travelling throughout Canada, the US and Germany. Maria and Doug always found a reason to smile and to see the joy of life. Maria was particularly proud of her step children as they grew into fine young adults and found their own careers.

Besides her loving husband, Maria is survived by her step children and their spouses; Tyler (Kristin) and Holly Kennedy (Graham) and grandchildren Johanna, Alfred, Emmett and Rylan. Maria is also survived by her sister, brother and in-laws: Terri Murray (Steve) and Al Wagner (Jan); as well as numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Pius and Elizabeth Wagner.

Special thanks to Maria’s health care team: Drs Chrisohou, Mohamed, Chen and Stajkovic, and the Interventional Radiology team at the Peter Lougheed Centre.

A celebration of Maria’s life will be planned at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Maria requests that everyone pay it forward: hug someone who needs it, hold someone’s hand for support, tell the people you love that you love them – before it’s too late, and live life to the fullest!

Arrangements entrusted to Flo Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – 403-932-1039

  1. On 01/04/2023 at 7:29 pm Marnie and Duane Kelly Said:

    Sincere condolences, Doug. We are sorry to hear of your loss. Although it is many years since our paths have crossed, it is always sad to hear news like this.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Duane and Marnie

  2. On 02/04/2023 at 6:38 pm Kevin Keller Said:

    Please accept my deepest sympathies. I am so sad to hear of Maria’s passing, and my heart goes out to Doug and family. I look at the photo presented, and even though I know Maria was dealing with her health problems, I still see the warmth, wit, confidence and genuine nature that was there every time I was able to speak with her. I am heartened to know that Maria and Doug were able to be together and take each day over the last couple years. For Doug, I am thinking of you, you are in my heart and in my prayers.

  3. On 02/04/2023 at 8:16 pm Deb Buzby-Cope Said:

    So sorry to hear the passing of Maria. She was such a beautiful soul. Always a pleasure to be in her company and enjoyed the great conversations. Sending condolences to Doug and the family. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Deb Buzby-Cope

  4. On 03/04/2023 at 7:27 am Brett Wessel DC Said:

    Your loss is shared by so many that loved and admired Maria, myself among them. She shared a wonderful light and energy. Maria was so generous and welcoming and will be sorely missed by many. Strength to you Doug

  5. On 03/04/2023 at 9:11 pm Lorne and Rosemary Elward Said:

    Dear Doug, please accept our sincere condolences with the passing of your beloved Maria.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
    May the support of your family give you strength.
    Fondly Rosemary and Lorne

  6. On 05/04/2023 at 9:12 pm Gordon and Jean Gray Said:

    Doug we are so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing.

  7. On 07/04/2023 at 8:25 am Kathi and Hal Kerbes Said:

    Dear Doug and family- we are deeply saddened to hear of Maria’s passing.
    We so loved working with her on the CCEB exams. She was always a positive light.
    May wonderful memories help your hearts heal.
    Kathi and Hal Kerbes

  8. On 08/04/2023 at 7:40 pm Lori Darroch Said:

    My deepest condolences, Doug. I know she will be missed by many.

  9. On 13/04/2023 at 12:37 pm Marty & Leo van der Meer Said:

    Dear Doug and family, We want to tell you how very sorry we are with Maria’s passing. Your loss is felt by all of us who were lucky enough to have known her. I have often thought of you and Maria since we moved to BC and am lucky enough to have many pictures with you two in them that always bring a smile to my face.

  10. On 13/04/2023 at 7:42 pm Rachid Mohamed Said:

    As inspiration in her optimism, perseverance and kindness. Despite the challenges in front of her, she would constantly ask about the well being of others.

    Maria was someone that has deeply impacted me personally and professionally.

    My sincerest condolences Doug and family

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