Mary Louise (Lou) McDougall


We are sad to announce the passing of Mary Louise “Lou” McDougall (nee: Johnson). She lost her short battle with cancer in the early hours of Saturday July 10, 2021 and passed away peacefully at home.

Lou grew up in Maidstone, Saskatchewan; studied in Portland and lived in parts of B.C. Before settling in the Edmonton area.

She was predeceased by her parents, son-in-law Jeffery Houseman and her previous husband Bruce McDougall as well as her brothers-in-law Murray Carson and Keith Colvin. She is survived by her husband and soulmate Marvin Smith, daughter Carolyn Houseman and her children Nick and Avery, her step-son Kirk Smith, his partner Mellisa and their blended family Tyler, Ashley, Avery and Sydni. She will also be missed by her sisters and brother; Marge Colvin, Kay Carson and Rick Johnson (Pam) as well as her many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and her dear friend Dianne Schmaltz.

Lou had a varied work life as a milkman, salesman, florist, recreation therapist and entrepreneur. She loved “her seniors” and being an avid animal lover could be found entertaining her day program participants with visits from alpacas, donkeys, chicks and other assorted critters. Her time with the pet therapy program saw her taking her pet chicken, Rusty and dog, Tess to visit many seniors in the city.

Other loves in her life were her beautiful gardens, setting up a community garden, being a part of the garden club and sharing both her knowledge and her perennials with others. Lou loved to travel and explore different cultures and has made many friends all over the world. Sewing was another passion, especially making outfits for all the young people in her life and teaching others the craft. She was very involved in her church and known be involved with the congregation in fund raising activities such as the trail days concession, plant/Christmas centrepieces and bake sales. Lou was also an avid bird watcher and could often be found in local ditches and swamps to get a closer look when something caught her eye. After she retired she could be found sitting on the deck and reading a book.

Gregarious in life, she always knew her neighbours and was known to plan a party or two. All of these activities underscore the lessons her daughter says she learned from her mom – the importance of building and maintaining community and following one’s passions.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice in Lou’s name.

She will be missed!!!

There will be a celebration of life “Lou out” on September 04, 2021 at 134, 21431 Township Road 522 (Midway Estates) between 1:00 and 4:00 pm.

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18 Condolences

Sonia Rovang

Our sincere condolences to Marv and Mary Lou’s family. We are saddened to read of her passing. She was a good friend and ‘country’ neighbour. Our whole family have good memories of her and helping was her nature. She will be greatly missed by all her knew her. Cheers Mary

Shirley Craig

Lou, I will always remember your kindness towards me, the many laughs we shared with the Red Hats and Just Friends groups, and Scrapping at my house. Laughter and peace to all. God Bless.

Linda Campbell

So sorry for your loss. She will be sadly missed by our Just Friends group .She always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude .

Dawn Marie Fildebrandt

To my best Buddy Lou.
You were always there for me, for the good and challenges.
You got me involved with “Canada Blooms”, I believe we won that year, when I first moved to Sherwood Park. We sure saw a lot of each other’s bumbs?
I Always thought we should get shorts that said ” Bums Up”
You were there to help me in flower shop when I got overwhend on Mother’s Day….. What fun we had.
You will always be in my heart. I see you everyday in my gardens. ?
You will be missed by so many.
My condolences to Marv and you family.
Enjoy your next adventure ??


I was so sorry and totally shocked at hearing of the passing of Lou .
I knew Lou from Red Hatters and Just Friends Groups .
Rest in Peace Lou until we meet again .

Shannon Koller

My condolences to the family. Lou was such a wonderful person. We had many a good laugh together. Meeting in the Rural Roots garden club we became friends. Now you can smell the rose’s all day long.

Renee Holbrook

I’m shocked and saddened to hear of Lou ‘s passing. I am one of the lucky ones to have received some of her perennials. I have two favourites. I’ve never given my plants names before today. In honour of Lou. These two perennials will be named Mary and Lou. My deepest condolences to your entire family, and everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find love, comfort, and strength in your memories of her.


I heard many stories about Lou and met her one time. She certainly had an impact on me. My condolences to the family.

Sharron Thompson

Always a giver of her time, talents and friendship.I am glad that our lives touched.I know that she will be missed,my condolences to all family members.

Lyla Witschi

Such a supportive woman with a good, kind heart. I am very proud that she was in my life.

Linda Purjue

Dear Lou….. I will give a donation to the SPCA in your memory. Your will be greatly missed. With much love.


Our condolences to you Marv & Family. Sending you lots of love and hugs xoxo
Lee-Ann & Steve


No wise words from me —just thinking of all of You right now & what’s going thru your minds —Take Care

Barb McLaren

I will miss my “sister” Mary Lou very much. My condolences go out to all her families… the Housemans, the Carsons, the Johnsons, the Colvins, MacDougalls and the Smiths.

Tammy & Dean

Our condolences to your family . We are so sorry for your loss !! She always knew how to put a smile on someone’s face . She is going to be missed by all !

Jan Ritchie

Lou took me in when I had no one and nothing. Gave me so much love understanding and laughter. One of the most beautiful inside and out people I have ever met. She will be missed by so many. I love you Lou. Condolences to Carolynn Nick Ave Marv and all the others that loved her as much as me.

Dana Pack

Carolyn, your mother seems to be such and interesting person, cherish her memories, hope you are adjusting well – God Speed

Danielle Lafontaine

So sad and so sorry for your lost Carolyn Nick Avery. Loue will always be a part of me and Erika for life.