SHAW, Mary Louise

March 27, 1931 – July 12, 2022

On Tuesday July 12, 2022 Mary Louise Shaw passed at her residence at Origin Spring Creek in Canmore, Alberta. Mary endured a long and valiant battle with COPD in addition to the numerous pains accruing to 91 years of living.

Mary was the first born of Clem and Margaret Sheehan in Beiseker. She graduated from the University of Alberta with an Arts Degree and spent a few years working as head clerk for Bonar and Bemis in Calgary and spending summers with Brewster’s in Banff. There she met and married local fishing guide Jimmy Shaw. Their son Lance was born in 1957 and daughter Linda in 1958. As well as raising her family, Mary also spent much of her time operating the Western Store on Banff Avenue. Lance passed in 1973 and Jimmy in 1977.

In addition to being a fixture on Buffalo Street, Mary spent time at her ranch in Cochrane where she raised cattle and was one of the first to import Texas Longhorns. During these happier times Mary was able to pursue her passion of riding, breeding and showing a few pretty good horses. She was able to travel and spend time in Mexico before making the difficult decision to move ‘to town’ settling at Origin in Canmore.

Mary will be deeply missed by her daughter Linda, son-in-law Bob Snow, her very special friends Sue and Janet, her intrepid helpers Heather and Judy, and many other extended family and friends. We are going to miss her.

A Memorial Service will be held for Mary at St. Agnes Parish, 302 Veterans Way, Carstairs, AB on Monday, July 18, 2022 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at Carstairs Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Origin at Spring Creek, 808 Spring Creek Dr, Canmore AB, on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm.

Arrangements entrusted to Flo Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – cochrane@piersons.ca – 403-932-1039

  1. On 15/07/2022 at 4:33 pm Donald Cabatoff Said:

    I consider myself very fortunate to have met Mary at Linda and Bob’s ranch in Tappen. I had been told so much about Mary, the uber horse woman, and was so taken by her “git er done” attitude, even while she was fighting COPD.

    My sincere condolences, please add me to the list of those who will sincerely miss her.

    Don Cabatoff (Sue’s dad)

  2. On 15/07/2022 at 6:55 pm Charlene Gale Said:

    I learned many important life lessons from Mary while “hanging around” with Linda in our high school years and beyond. I hope her favourite horse was waiting for her so she could ride off. I am so sorry, Linda and Bob.
    Charlene Gale

  3. On 16/07/2022 at 8:58 am Wendy Robinson Said:

    Linda: There are so many fond memories I have of Mary, having known her most of my life! She was an amazing lady whose sense of humour could always lift my spirits! On behalf of the Robinson family, our condolences to you and Bob.

    Wendy

  4. On 16/07/2022 at 9:50 am Pearl Said:

    Mary we had so much fun together, the laughter, drinks, horseback riding and so much more. The stories you told me of Banff & Alberta were amazing. Your sense of humour was amazing – we laughed a lot when we were together in Banff or at Linda & Bob’s in Cochrane. You were a wonderful, kind & generous human being. I will treasure the time that we shared together – I will miss you my dear friend.

    Sincerest condolences to Linda & Bob!

    Pearl

  5. On 16/07/2022 at 9:50 am Pearl Said:

    Mary we had so much fun together, the laughter, drinks, horseback riding and so much more. The stories you told me of Banff & Alberta were amazing. Your sense of humour was amazing – we laughed a lot when we were together in Banff or at Linda & Bob’s in Cochrane. You were a wonderful, kind & generous human being. I will treasure the time that we shared together – I will miss you my dear friend.

    Sincerest condolences to Linda & Bob!

  6. On 17/07/2022 at 9:25 am Tammy Tymchuk Said:

    Deepest Condolences Linda and Bob

    Linda, I was honoured to meet your mom 11 years ago,
    Mary was truly one of a kind.
    Such Strength, Humour and Goodness.
    She’s at Peace now and her Spirit will forever live on.
    Loved her Dearly

    Tammy Tymchuk

  7. On 18/07/2022 at 4:10 pm Lynn Dorion Jmaiff Said:

    Linda I am sadden by the news of your Moms passing. She was always a horsewoman I looked up to. May she be forever riding into the sunset on a beautiful Arab.

  8. On 24/07/2022 at 12:03 pm Joan Tittemore & family Said:

    So sorry to hear about Marys’ passing. Of course, I knew her when we were kids riding horses down at the pasture and then at the old corrals in Banff. I know she did a lot of work behind the scenes helping us kids have a great experience riding – one of those arranging clinics and gymkhanas.
    I met up with her again at Origin when my parents lived there and we shared a few good chats over the few years she was there. A classy, definitely horse smart woman. Condolences to you and family family.

  9. On 30/07/2022 at 9:53 am Carol Tedd (Longden) Said:

    So sorry for your loss.

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