Mary Kathryn Deagle was born July 15, 1931 to Kathryn and Henry Deagle. Promptly there after the name Mae was attached and it stuck for a lifetime. She was the youngest and last in a family of four; Helen was the eldest, then Maurice and next Ted. At a young age Mae lost her mother. The family drew together and doted on the youngest member, Mae. Mom’s childhood friend Kay lived in Consort and they were fast friends to the end. Mae worked at the Consort Hospital as a nurse’s aid where she formed life long friendships with Elsie, Jenny, Cleo and Toosie. Of course she was following in her sister’s footsteps as Helen was matron of the Consort Hospital at that time. Mom’s bond with her sister will never be broken. Vern met Mae at the regular Saturday night Monitor Dance. From that night on Dad decided Mae was the one. I guess Mom did too because Dad did mention that she had a boyfriend at the time but he wasn’t there that night. About a year later Dad popped the question. Mae said yes and they promptly ordered the ring from a mail order catalogue from the people who ran the garage in Altario. They were married here in this church, on May 20, 1953. After a short stay in a tiny basement suite, Hughie and Dad moved the household over to a duplex in the west end. One more lifetime friendship was born, as the couple on the other side was Eileen and Elmer Gilbert. Oh yeah – the reason for the big move was Lynn Marie, she was born in Consort on February 24, 1954. Mae’s final move in Stettler was to a small shingled house at 4706-54 Street. Al and Edith lived in Stettler at the time, so the boys did a home improvement by stuccoing right over those existing shingles. The family was growing by leaps and bounds. Verna Mae was born in Consort Hospital, December 25, 1956, because of course Mae needed to be home for Christmas.
After that the rest of the family were born in the Stettler Hospital starting with Bruce Robert Henry, her long awaited boy, on Oct 8th, 1958 and not to be outdone Jo-Ann Kathryn arrived on February 7th, 1960 and last but well worth the wait, Lee Vernon was born on May 30th, 1967; that completed Mae and Vern’s family. Sadly we lost Lee on September 10th, 1984. Mom was always proud of her home and Grandpa Deagle had promised to build her a new house. So Grandpa, Dad and Horst Zimmerman built her a beautiful new 6 bedroom, 2 bathroom home on the same site.
Jo-Ann provided Mae with a beautiful granddaughter, Rique on October 26, 1992. Bruce was married to Lou in 1993 giving Mae her first grandson, Cory. Cory promptly fell in love with the farm life and made many trips alone on the bus to his new grandma and grandpa. Bruce and Lou brought home Cole Jordan on December 20th, 1994 as an early Christmas present. Karen joined our family during her teen age years. John McAlister worked with Dad barbering in the sixties – his wife, Joan became another of Mom’s life long friends – Both families remain joined. Dad finally talked Mom into “going farming” and they moved to the farm they are now on in 1978. They quickly became close friends with neighbors, Lydia and Butson Scheerschmidt. Mom loved to dance, shortly after moving to Stettler another life time friendship was formed with Harold and Mabel of the Simon’s Orchestra. The dancing continued for 50 years plus. Mae and Vern were active in several dance clubs, forming many lasting friendships. “Trailering””was another favorite, with a start up homemade tent trailer – right up to the deluxe unit they have now. Mom kept boarders for many years in Stettler and lots of them are still close family friends. Mom was known as a great cook, but her claim to fame was her homemade bread and awesome cinnamon buns. Mae always had a houseful of plants and pets which she loved looking after.
A devout Catholic, Mae was a life time member of the C.W.L. Mom rode horses as a young girl, and rarely in her life was she without them. Wagon trains have been one of her biggest enjoyment for the last twenty years. Mom truly loved her many nieces and nephews and that love was given freely back. Mae’s idea of the perfect holiday was visiting family or friends. We were trying to describe Mae, but there wasn’t enough paper. Then we realized – what you all know – Mae was exceptional. A prayer vigil for the late Mrs. Mae Dempsey was held on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Christ King Catholic Church, Stettler, Alberta. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Christ King Catholic Church, Stettler, Alberta with Celebrant Father Arlan Parenteau. Musicians leading the congregational hymns were Joan Rushton, Debbie Simon, Terry Rushton and Dale Simon and soloist was LeeAnn Kinderwater. Words of remembrance were lovingly presented by Verna Pakay. The ladies of Christ King Catholic Women’s League formed an honour guard. Mrs. Mae Dempsey was laid to rest along side her beloved son, Lee in the Lakeview Cemetery, Stettler, Alberta. Active Pallbearers were Rique Eismendi-Dempsey, Cory Ingram, Cole Dempsey, Markus Dressler, Albert Pakay and Bruce Dempsey. Honorary pallbearers were the Botha Dance Club, The Over 60 Club, and all those present at the funeral mass. Memorial donations may be made to the Clearview School Division-Breakfast for Learning Program in memory of Mae c/o Stettler Funeral Home, Box 1780, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0. Sympathies may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.
STETTLER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM, 403-742-3422, entrusted with the care and arrangements.