Sep 13, 1928 - Jun 4, 2020
There will be no service at this time
If desired, donations in Mary’s name to the Red Deer Hospice Society (99 Arnot Ave. Red Deer, T4R 3S6) would be appreciated.
Mary (Great Gram) died peacefully on June 4 under the caring eye of nursing staff at the Red Deer Hospice after enduring seven years of ever-increasing debilitation due to liver failure.
Mary was born September 13, 1928 to Hubert and Winifred Jepps in Redland Alberta, the fourth of six siblings. Life was not easy for the Jepps family during the thirties and into the war years however Mary did manage to complete her primary education by attending the Rosebud school only a short three miles down the tracks.
After high school Mary made her way to Red Deer where she found employment at the Provincial Training School (PTS) as well as meeting her life-long partner. Mary was very competitive and was successful at many endeavors, however fastball is where their relationship sparked. She was the pitcher for the PTS fastball team and Lloyd just wanted to be around so he carried equipment for the games. The marriage between Lloyd Cale and Mary took place July 19, 1948, beginning 60 years of togetherness.
Fastball was a staple for the next twenty years and Mary pitched for local women’s teams wherever they moved as moving was common place in the early years following Lloyd’s successful career in the upstart Alberta oil and gas industry of the fifties and sixties. From their Red Deer home it was off to Edmonton, Calgary, Delburne, Burstall SK, Airdrie, Crossfield, Bluffton, Rocky Mountain House and ultimately Sylvan Lake.
Curling was another of her pastimes which she enjoyed for many years, however never afraid to try out new endeavors she joined the Rocky Mountain House Seniors Association and dabbled in snooker and bowling. Mary never thought either one was terribly challenging so in the spirit of competition she entered the Association of Alberta Bowlers tournament in 1987 for 5 pin bowling and the 1988 Alberta Senior Games to demonstrate her snooker prowess. Each event saw her with a bronze medal finish.
Although Mary always played cribbage it wasn’t until they moved to Sylvan Lake in 1992 that this pass time became front and center. She played partner tournaments with Lloyd and later with other aficionados of the game all over central Alberta. While most players only dreamt of having that elusive 29 hand Mary had several over the years.
Mary is survived by her two children; Douglas (Sheryl) Cale of Rocky Mountain House, Brenda Cale of Edmonton; two grandchildren, Trevor (Marion) Cale and Celyn (Brian) Magnus all of Rocky Mountain House and five great grandchildren; Henry and Elliott Cale and Macsen, Livia and Gwen Magnus. Mary is also survived by two brothers, Bill Jepps of Didsbury and Arthur (Judy) Jepps of Calgary and several nieces and nephews.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Lloyd (2008) and three brothers, Frank, Hubert and Bob Jepps.
The family would like to thank Dr. Ieleen Taylor of Sylvan Lake for her personalized care, the staff and residents of the Sylvan Lake Lodge for making her feel at home, the staff of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Day Room for making an uncomfortable procedure bearable by utilizing their good humor, the staff of Sylvan Lake Home Care for going beyond expectations, and the Red Deer Hospice for their wonderful care and attention.
No formal memorial is planned. If desired, donations in Mary’s name to the Red Deer Hospice Society (99 Arnot Ave. Red Deer, T4R 3S6) would be appreciated.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626
Doug, Cheryl and Brenda.
I got an email from Arthur today containing your mother’s passing. Sorry to get the news.
I’m glad Don and I took the time to bring Dad and Arthur and Judy to visit with Mary. She was in good spirits and we all had a good visit.
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