Mary Lijdsman

Obituary of Mary Louise Lijdsman

Mary Louise Lijdsman (Keeley) was born February 8, 1933 & raised in Nanton, Alberta.  Mary Lou passed away peacefully with family by her side on March 24, 2024 at the Big Country Long Term Care in Oyen, Alberta. 

Mary Lou lived in Nanton until 1945 when the family moved to Calgary.  Mom attended St Mary school, after that she attended Business College, then worked with CPR railway as an operator.  

While in Calgary she met a handsome young man John Lijdsman at the corner store they both frequented – who said “it was love at first site”.  They were married June 27, 1953 in Calgary, Alberta and moved to Oyen where they set their roots and raised 6 children – Margaret, Dan, Connie, Karen, Paul and Trudy. 

Moving to Oyen was a big adjustment to the small community life.  She was involved with the Kinette Club, CWL, was an avid card player, sewed costumes for skating, Halloween parties and many outfits for her children.  Later on she enjoyed time with Splurge Ladies group and Border Quilters.

The family built a cabin at Muriel Lake where there was many memories made.  And of course, watching her family grow with a total of sixteen grandchildren and twenty great-grand children.

Mary Lou & John enjoyed all their travels – Hawaii, cruises, casino trips with close family & friends.

Mary Lou adjusted very well moving from condo life, to the Lodge and finally Long Term Facility.  Mom never complained.

Mom was loved by all of her extended family and survived by her six children Margaret (Kerry) Berg, Dan (Lesley) Lijdsman, Connie (Shane) Wallace, Karen (Harley) Spate, Paul (Bev) Lijdsman, Trudy (Dennis) Hittel; and brother Dan Keeley.   

Mary Lou was predeceased by her husband John, parents Naomi & William Keeley, brothers Jim & William and sisters Emily & Margaret.

“A mothers prayer is that her children will love each other long after she is gone”