Obituary of Mary Joan WOODS

June 29, 1931 – Peterborough, Ontario

April 23, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta


It is with heavy hearts that our family announces that we have lost one of our dearest treasures – wife, mother, and nana - Mary Woods. Mary passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at the age of 88.


Mary lived her life to the fullest, with enthusiasm, class, style and determination. She had an eye for design and her creativity shone through during the Town of Meaford’s “Scare Crow Invasion.” Each year, she could not wait to volunteer with her friends to make the Scare Crow season even better than the last. Her dedication to giving back to the community was recognized in 2018 when she received one of Canada’s most prestigious awards, the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. Mary loved her family deeply and spent many unforgettable summers with her husband, children, grandchildren and friends at their North Bay cottage. She led by example, exuding grace, perseverance and courage.


Mary leaves behind her best friend and husband of 65 years, Ken Woods, and their children, Lisa (Don) and Thomas (Dianne). She was a proud Nana to four wonderful grandchildren, Dana, Heidi (Andrew), Graham, and Evan; and was recently blessed with a great-granddaughter Astrid. She is fondly remembered by her niece Gail Clarke (Allan), Goddaughter Lisa Boat (Ken), and Linda Dorsett. Mary was predeceased by her parents Harry and Elsie Dorsett, her siblings Donald Dorsett (Violet) and Betty Welch, and nephew Jim Dorsett.


A Celebration of Mary’s life will follow at a time when the world allows us to gather together again. During this time of sorrow, we take comfort knowing that Mary is already making heaven a much more beautiful place. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Mary’s obituary at If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Parkinson Association of Canada, 4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316, Toronto, ON, M2P 2A9 Telephone: 1 (800) 565-3000,


In living memory of Mary Woods, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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