Deborah Gene Bray

December 17, 1956August 5, 2019

BRAY, Deborah Gene (nee Hanna)

December 17, 1956 - August 5, 2019. Debbie Bray left this life peacefully on Monday, August 5, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta.

Debbie will be lovingly remembered by her husband Bob Bray; her children, Emily Bray (Mark Boos), Tasha Bray (Alex Goudine), and Mack Bray. She is survived by her parents David and Doreen Hanna. She is predeceased by her only sister, Donna Iredale, July 10, 2019.

Debbie grew up in Calgary and obtained a BSC in Biology followed by a second BSC in Geology graduating in 1978. Debbie worked as a geologist initially at Canadian Hunter Exploration and then with Shell Oil Canada until moving to Cambridge, UK in 1985. She returned to Calgary in 1988. Debbie obtained further formal education and became an instructor of Information Systems at Mount Royal College in 1989.

After the birth of Emily, Debbie dedicated herself to her family and children creating a safe, wonderful and loving environment for them to grow up in. Debbie also managed a busy home office where she ran the business of her Professional Corporation.

Debbie’s passions were people and creating unique works of art using the mediums of paint on paper, sculpture, and unique fabric art forms winning multiple accolades and awards for her work among her colleagues and the larger community of Artists in Calgary.

Debbie loved spending time with her family but most particularly when they gathered at their summer cottage on Shuswap Lake. She adored being close to nature, where she saw beauty in every aspect of it.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wellspring Centres of the Tom Baker Cancer Center.


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Ellen James

August 15, 2019

Bob, Emily, Tasha, Mack.....our hearts are very sad for you right now. We heard about Deb's passing from Val while we were in Saskatchewan with family. Shock, I guess is what we felt first. Deb? Impossible!! And yet...
I have let Gavin know in Japan - he, too is in a state of disbelief.
In reading your tribute to her I realize I knew only a small piece of Deb. I knew the devoted mother, who volunteered in the classroom making amazing artwork, who came on field trips, who organized parties, socialized on the playground, made sure her children were nurtured, supported, loved. I saw glimpses of the creative, the talent, the organization - but I saw LOTS of the devotion to her family.
Sending a warm, wrap around hug to you all.

Linda Fundytus

August 14, 2019

To Bob, Emily, Tasha and Mackenzie
I am thinking of you and am sorry to learn about the loss of Debbie at this time.
Please remember to take care of yourselves during this difficult part of your lives.

Linda Fundytus

Val Bonnyman

August 13, 2019

To the Brays,; we were very saddened to hear of your loss. It has been a few years since I’ve seen Debbie but have fond memories of being on UES field trips with her as she was always good company and added so much humour to the UES community.
With our deep sympathies,
Val, Doug, Colleen and Matt Bonnyman

Marie Patton

August 12, 2019

To Bob and your family. I am very sad to hear that Debbie has passed away. Please know we are thinking of you and send our love.


Marie and Wayne Patton

Ted Samela

August 9, 2019

Dear Bob:

I am so saddened by the passing of Debbie. Through the many great lunches and humour which you and I enjoyed over the years, Debbie always found a meaningful way into our conversations. While it was discussing your home remodelling or your Shuswap holidays, the profound sharing of your experiences with Debbie were always forefront. It is never clear why a loved one is taken from our lives nor how we can prepare for such a loss. Our ability to try and reason-out the tragedy falls short of reassurances because we believe that such terrible things should never happen to good people. This tragic loss of life should be meaningful as you hold dearly to your fond memories and appreciate all the good things yet to come to you and for you to share with your family and friends.

We are thinking of you and hope that you find the courage, strength and wisdom necessary at this time of your sorrow.

God Bless You.

Jay Simpson

August 9, 2019

Debbie, you were loved by your neighbours along the beach and it was always a pleasure to be in your company. We will treasure the gifts you brought us, like the album of Simpson Road. You were bright and chipper to the end and we'll keep you in our memory forever. We will miss you.

Beverley Biccum

August 9, 2019

Bob, Emily, Tasha and Mack...we at Systems Hair Design will miss seeing Debbie’s big smile every time she came in. Very very sorry for your loss. Much love, Beverley.

Alison Cowitz

August 9, 2019

Sending my deepest condolences to the Bray family and friends. I knew Debbie through a Fibre art group we were both part of. She was always generous and kind and was immensely talented with her art work. A sad day to learn of her passing, especially knowing how her health was affecting her and her commitments to the things she loved to do. Bon Voyage art friend xxxx

Dilip Shamanna

August 9, 2019

Dear Bob, I am so sorry to hear about Deb. She was a wonderful person, and we had great memories of her during our med school reunions. She will be missed by all of us.

Dilip and Nancy.

Ken Iredale

August 8, 2019

You were the greatest sister in law a man could have..To Bob, Emily , Tasha and Mack..your the greatest deepest condolences from the bottom of my heart ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️