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Mary Jo Voorhees

October 27, 1943 ~ December 19, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Mary Jo Voorhees Obituary

This is the story of Mary Jo. This is not about dates of birth and death and names of all who knew her. This is about a woman who lived life fully; never hesitating to dive headfirst into new adventures.


Mary Jo's life was a vibrant tapestry woven with love, creativity, and unwavering dedication. Born on October 27, 1943, she embarked on a journey that touched countless lives before departing on December 19, 2023.


With her adventurous spirit and creative imagination, she invented a world of excitement and fun for her little brother Michael and her baby sister Penny. She was their hero.


On October 30, 1965, she married the love of her life and soulmate, Steve, with whom she shared a remarkable 58 years of marriage. Their union brought forth two children, Mark and Kandis, who were testaments to their enduring love.


Mary Jo's resilience and ingenuity became evident during the period when she and her family moved to Utah in 1972. With Steve's occupation as a long-distance trucker, she found herself managing the home and caring for their two young children.


Living in a historic home that had witnessed over a century of stories, Mary Jo's creative spirit found an outlet. Unable to work outside the home, she discovered a unique way to generate an income by turning their residence into a tourist attraction. She crafted intriguing signs to entice visitors to tour their heritage home.


Mary Jo ingeniously concocted captivating stories about the house, to make these tours more engaging and memorable. Her imaginative narratives added depth and allure, making the experience worth the price of admission.


This ability to turn a challenge into an opportunity showcased her storytelling prowess. This brought joy to those who visited and highlighted her adaptability in transforming limitations into avenues of financial support for her family.


Mary Jo's talents were as diverse as they were remarkable. She had a beautiful singing voice and a gift for writing. After moving to Toronto in 1974, She carved her path in the entrepreneurial realm by establishing a thriving personalized cartoon business. Through craft shows and a robust network, she showcased her creativity, earning recognition at prestigious events like The Canadian National Exhibition and the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.


Relocating to Calgary in 1995, Mary Jo found new avenues for her artistic expression, as she ventured into the world of metal artistry, crafting stunning brass and copper wall art. However, it was her altruism that defined her legacy. In 1997, Mary Jo began her journey as a volunteer with the Calgary Police Service Victim Assistance Support Team (VAST). She was among the pioneers forming the crisis call-out teams for the Calgary Police Service, offering invaluable 24/7 support to those in their darkest hours. Her advocacy for victims of crime and tragedy was unwavering, extending from immediate support at the time of an incident to standing by their side during court proceedings.


For 16 years, Mary Jo's dedication was a beacon of hope for the victims and families she supported. She was a proud Team Leader for the Tuesday afternoon shift, mentoring and inspiring many new volunteers.


Mary Jo's passion for service and adventure didn't end with her retirement from VAST. Embracing a new chapter in her life, she ventured into the vibrant world of the movie industry as an overnight security personnel for various movie sets across Calgary.


Immersing herself in this new career, she found herself enamored by the unique culture and dynamic environment that surrounded filmmaking.

Her transition from VAST to the movie sets showcased her adaptability and zest for life.


Mary Jo's life was a symphony of compassion, creativity, and commitment. Her legacy lives on in the countless lives she touched and the warmth she brought to each endeavor. Her absence leaves a void, but her spirit and impact endure in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her.

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