Mary Zilpha Hemmingway (nee Gibson)

29/01/1941 - 15/10/2022


Obituary For Mary Zilpha Hemmingway (nee Gibson)

January 29, 1941 – October 15, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Mary Zilpha Hemmingway (Gibson). Born January 29, 1941- October 15, 2022.

Mary was born in Vermilion, Alberta in January of 1941 to Frank and Margaret Gibson. She was the oldest of 4 children and spent the first 18 years of her life helping out on the Gibson farm. She graduated from Vermilion High School. She then attended the University of Alberta and received her teaching degree. Mary was married to the love of her life Ron Hemmingway. Mary and Ron soon welcomed their first child, Angela, into their family. Their second child, Ray, was born while they lived in Drayton Valley. Mary was blessed with 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Mary taught school in Vermilion, Drayton Valley, Wainwright and Grande Prairie. She retired from teaching in 1996. After retirement Mary and Ron continued to pursue their desires to travel the world. Together they traveled to every continent in the world making many happy memories with friends and families. In 2000 they moved off the acreage into the city and continued to travel spending winters in Arizona.

Mary was an avid sports fan supporting her children and grandchildren in any sport they played. Her favorite teams to watch were the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Blue Jays and Edmonton Eskimos. She also played softball, curled, the odd game of golf and crosscountry skiing. In later years she enjoyed floor curling and carpet bowling.

Mary was well known for her baking and cooking. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint and many other crafts.

Mary volunteered for numerous clubs and community events. She was a member of the Preston 4 H Club, Lions Club of Grande Prairie, volunteered for the Canada Winter Games, Men’s Softball Championships and was the craft coordinator for the Alberta Senior games.

Mary was predeceased by her Mother and Father (Frank and Margaret Gibson).

She is lovingly remembered by her devoted husband of 61 years Ron Hemmingway, her children Angela (Jim) Baron, and Ray(Roxanne) Hemmingway, grandchildren Adam Baron, Allen Baron, Kelsie Baron, Tarryn Hemmingway (partner Dorian Massier ),Tasmine Hemmingway (partner Jordan Williams), Zack Hemmingway, one great grandchild Tate Massier. She will always be remembered by her sisters Isabelle (Gary) Moses, Ruth (Nick)Westman and brother Ernest(Judy) Gibson, her brothers-in-law Bob(Betty) Hemmingway, Glen(Lorainne) Hemmingway, Roddy Westman and sister-in-law Lynn(Clint) Landals and her numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mary had many wonderful friends that will miss her.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Bear Creek Funeral Home 11802 99 Avenue Grande Prairie.

In lieu of flowers, donations on her behalf can be made to the charity of your choice. Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742


28 Oct

Funeral Service

11:00 AM

Bear Creek Funeral Home 11802 99 Ave Grande Prairie, AB T8W 0C7 Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant

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  • 10/27/2022

    Our condolences to the Hemmingway families . Take comfort in knowing that somewhere out there is another Angel watching over you. Some of the most beautiful words spoken are those shared in stories of loved ones who have passed. Always share these memories for years to come, you will laugh, cry or simply smile. Hugs to everyone. Joanne and John Johnson

  • 10/23/2022

    Ron and Family, Our sincere sympathies to you and your family. May your memories of better times be a comfort to you. Sincerely, George and Jeanette Forrest

  • 10/20/2022

    Ron, Ray, Angie and family Our sympathies to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Madelaine, Guy and Lorraine Martin

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