Posted: May 14th, 2013

(nee SIMON)
July 18th, 1934 – May 10th, 2013
It is with sadness we announce MARIA EMMA PASSEY passed away peacefully at the age of 78 in Raymond, Alberta on May 10th, 2013 after losing her struggle with cancer.
Maria was born on July 18th, 1934 in Kongen, Germany, the eldest of six children. As a young woman and mother she bravely immigrated to Canada in 1954 where she made her home in Magrath, Alberta. She worked for many years at the Magrath Woollen Mill, Magrath Hospital and later Tanco Building all while raising her family. In later years, alongside her husband, they ran the Covered Wagon RV Park/Bed and Breakfast for 21 years. Maria enjoyed interacting with all their guests, hosting family reunions and welcoming weary travellers. She was an avid crafter producing many beautiful works.
Maria is survived by her loving husband Mark of 45 years, her sisters Trudy (Arno) Stach of Terrace, B.C. and Anneliese (Adolf) Knell of Germany, daughters Addie (Don) Sorkilmo of Long View, AB, Heidi (Frank) Swan of Drayton Valley AB, Joanne (Bruce) Chatterton of Calgary, AB, sons Kevin (Dianne) Passey of Charlie Lake, B.C., Quint (Rose) Passey of New Serepta, AB, Derrick (Becky) Passey of Raymond, AB. 18 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Also many dear cousins and relatives here and in Germany.
Maria was predeceased by her loving daughter Jayne (Luke) Ouellette, her parents Emma and Herman, her brothers Walter and Guenter and sister Lori.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Garden Place Chapel (170 N Center Street), Magrath, AB on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Friends may meet the family at the Garden Place Chapel, Magrath, AB on Tuesday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Service. Interment in the Magrath Cemetery, Magrath, AB.
E-mail your condolences to:
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Berry Gorham of Legacy.
Legacy Funeral Homes Ltd.
P.O. Box 208
Cardston, Alberta T0K 0K0
Phone (403) 653-3222
Fax (403) 653-3677

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  1. Dawn says:

    Our most heartfelt condolences for your loss. Isaiah 63:9 says everything that pains us pains God as well, His love assures us He will soon undo all the painful effects of sickness and death.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you,

  2. Marvin & Louellen Le says:

    Mark and family,
    So sorry to read of Maria’s death. I used to swim at your pool at the covered wagon. Maria would always come to check on us and remind us to put the cover on the pool when we were finished. Maria was a wonderful lady and enjoyed making people happy. Now she can enjoy a little of God’s tender loving care right at the source. Rest in peace my friend.

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