Mary McAuley

Mary McAuley

McAuley (nee Grogan)

Mary Magdalen

February 4, 1931 – June 1, 2013

On June 1, 2013 our dearest mother Mary passed away at the age of 82. She passed peacefully at the Red Deer Regional Hospital I.C.U. due to complications after surgery. She was born in Birmingham, England to Martin and Winnifred Grogan. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Shane McAuley, Kevin McAuley and Traceyann Braithwaite (Don); grandchildren Shaun McAuley, Kieran McAuley, Ryan McAuley, Shannon McAuley, Alana McAuley, Jennelle Braithwaite, Taylor Braithwaite, Austin Braithwaite, Clinton Braithwaite and Justin Braithwaite; great-grandson Rylan Braithwaite; her sister Ann Fogerty of England; dearest friends Rollande Doyer of London, Ontario, Trudy Verhappen, Helen Lindsay and Olga Puthala of Red Deer; as well as many other relatives and friends. Our mother was our rock and passionate about life. She was always ready and available to lend a hand, ear or hug when needed. Mom had a strong faith and many called her a prayer warrior. Mom loved her life and as children growing up we learned that each day is a gift, to take on challenges, love with all your heart and never give up. “Where there is a will, there is a way” was her favorite saying or “out of all bad comes good”. She changed many lives with her special way. Mary married Francis Patrick McAuley in 1951 and was predeceased by him in 2005. We children always believed our parents were soul mates. In times of stress the McAuley clan used prayer, laughter, food, family, and more food. Nothing was ever decided on an empty stomach. Mary would not want us to mourn but to celebrate her life as family and friends together. A Prayer Vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Ponoka where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013. She will be laid to rest beside her beloved Francis at the Zion Church Cemetery, east of Ponoka. To express condolences to Mary’s family, please visit

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