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ABRAHAM, Kamalini Hannah (nee Edwin)

April 12, 1924 – September 9, 2011

Loving and noble wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, teacher, mentor, friend, artist and sincere friend, H. Kamalini Abraham left this life to be born to the immortals on Friday, September 9, 2011.

As a pioneer, Kamalini left her home town of Bangalore, India as a young professional and started teaching in a small village in Ethiopia, while raising a family. She continued her aspirations in England and finally in Canada. Kamalini enjoyed a life that was filled with compassion, generosity, adventure, and love. Her engaging personality always left individuals with a feeling of warmth and an uplifting sense of care, regardless of creed or culture. High ideals were expressed through her devotion to various organizations such as The Order of the Eastern Star, The Abbotsford Quilters Guild and the United Church of Canada. Her impressive creative talents as a painter, gardener, and quilter were revealed as each endeavour was tackled with enthusiasm and energy. Kamalini’s sense of humour and strong character earned her the respect and admiration of individuals across the world as well as those close to her. She was predeceased by her husband, A.E. Mayson Abraham. She will be sadly missed by her children, Ravi, Arunkumar, Kalpana; her daughter-in-law Darlene; her son-in-law Dirk; her grandchildren, Mayson and his wife Carly, Mari, Veeran, Ramera, and Zachary; and her great-grandchildren, Lindsay and Aren.

A Celebration of Kamalini’s Life will be held at Red Deer Lake United Church (West on Highway #22x past Spruce Meadows) on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of Kamalini Abraham, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. I recall the wonderful “pepper water curry” your Mum used to make. Ah the dinners, fun and laughter in Lloyd with all of you. She was always so vibrant and full of life. It was just 4 months ago she was at Mum’s funeral – and sharing so many stories. Both her and your Dad (and Ravi, Arun and Kalps) will always be in my heart when I recall those first days in Canada. I am sorry that Hamish and I will be out of the country for your Mum’s Celebration of Life. But you will all be in our hearts and we shed some tears, laugh a lot and rejoice with you as we celebrate a gracious, loving and independent woman. Now both our Mums and Dads are watching over all of us. Love to all of you. fif

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  2. Ravi and Darlene,
    So sorry to hear about your mom. Hold your wonderful memories close to your hearts – it helps heal the pain.
    I won’t be in town for her service, but I’ll be thinking of you on Friday.
    Love, hugs and blessings,
    Deb

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  3. Muriel Veldhoen :

    My sincerest sympathies to all the family. Although I knew Kamalini briefly through Bible study I felt her passion and sincerity.May many happy memories remain with you.
    Muriel Veldhoen

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  4. We are sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, a
    wonderful person.
    With deepest sympathy to Ravi, Darlene and all the family.
    Love Margaret & David Boone

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  5. Dear Ravi and Darlene: I was in church on Sunday when I heard the news, and was sorry I missed you then. Ravi, I always knew your parents were very special people because you are such a kind and gentle, loving person and you chose the same to be your life partner. How sad to lose someone who taught you all the important lessons in life. Bob and I both extend our condolences. God Bless!
    Gayle

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  6. Roxanne , Ken, Connor Johanson and Alexander Scherger :

    Ravi and Darlene and family,
    We are very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. We wish you peace at this time of sorrow. May you keep her memory close to your heart always.
    Roxanne, Ken, Alexander and Connor

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  7. Sincerest sympathy to the family of Kamilini Abraham. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

    Gayle Carter Past Matron Electa Chapter #20 Abbotsford

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  8. Fran & Andy Porter :

    Our deepest sympathy to Ravi, Darlene, and all the family. Though we’ve only known her a short time, Kamilini was a beautiful lady who obviously loved life and lived it to the fullest. She will be dearly missed. Our prayers are with you in your loss. Love and blessings.

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  9. Peg & Stan Parkin :

    To Ravi, Darlene & Family, Stan & I are saddened to here of your Mom’s passing. We send our Love & Hugs to you all. Peg & Stan Parkin

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  10. Dear Ravi, Darlene and family. I met your Mom at Bible Study and knew her for too brief a time. She was a gentle, sweet lady. God’s blessings to all your family at this time. Dorin Bell

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  11. Cindy & Gary Imler :

    Ravi, Darlene and family. I was so saddened to hear of Kamalinis passing. The few times we met I remember the beautiful sparkle in her eyes and was looking forward to getting to know her better. May the beautniful memories you have be a comfort. I will be in Regina Friday with my Mom, but will be thinking of you. Namaste Cindy

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  12. Sheilagh O'Dwyer :

    Dear Dirk and Family,
    My sincere sympathies for the sudden loss of your mother and grandmother. I am so happy that you have such a large network of support to help you through this difficult time. I pray that with time your memories bring you comfort and peace. Most sincerely, Sheilagh

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  13. Gary & Cindy Chomiak :

    Ravi & Darlene, so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom, our thoughts and prayers are with you and you family.

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  14. Ravi
    I am so very sorry for your loss, although I was never fortunate enough to meet your mother, the man you are is a direct reflection on how wonderful a person and mother she was. Take care, Tracy

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  15. Susanne Shewchuk :

    Ravi –

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time – my
    condolences.

    Susanne Shewchuk

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  16. Kamalini was very dear to my heart and I am so sorry for your loss. I met her in the Abbotsford Quilters Guild, and through the Eastern Star where my Mom was a member. Please can a member of the family contact me with an address, as we honor our members who have passed away .
    Linda Peeling

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  17. Zuhy and Raffath Sayeed and our family :

    Kamalini and Mayson were our friends, mentors and family when we first came to Lloydminster. We shared our lives with them, our son’s first birthdays, first steps, trips to Seattle in the little camper, drive in movies… and cooking… oh my gosh the cooking!!!
    We were fellow foodies; fellow bridge players, loved cards with both of them and shared many laughs. Raffath and Mayson were in the Lodge together; their roots in Southern India united them so completely.
    In Lloydminster and Abbotsford- we shared times together and loved each time of being with each other.
    We cannot believe that Kamalini is gone. She leaves a void in our hearts but lots and lots of memories in our minds.
    We will miss you, our dear friend.
    Rest in peace.
    Kalpana, Arun and Ravi- and the whole family; our deep condolences at your loss. God give you the strength to bear your loss and to celebrate your Mother’s life.
    Our love to you all.

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  18. Arlene Burtniak on September 14th, 2011 10:26 pm :

    On behalf of our Fraser Valley Chapter of the Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan I wish to extend condolences to Kamalini’s family. At our chapter meeting today we talked about Kamalini’s devotion to our organization and her jovial personality. We missed her when she moved to Calgary and we are now saddened to hear of her passing. Arlene Burtniak, Sec.-Treas.

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  19. I was so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. I am a member of the Sushine Unit in the church in Abbotsford, as she was for many years. We all missed her when she moved to Calgary and I will no longer see her on Facebook. Most Sincerely, Olive.

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  20. Annette and John Kershaw :

    May you find comfort in knowing your Mom is home with the Lord. Our prayers are with you Ravi and Darlene.

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  21. Ravi,

    I am deeply sadden to read about the loss of your Mother.
    My thoughts are with you and the family and all the best.
    Regards
    Ken

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  22. Joanne Pritchard :

    Ravi and Darlene
    I was both shocked and saddened to see your mother’s obituary in the Calgary Herald this week. I’m sorry that I was unable to attend the service at Red Deer Lake Church today.

    As you may remember I first met your mother at the Abbotsford United Church. She was a good friend to my mother when she joined that congregation and she and I connected many times when I went out there to visit my mother and step-father. She was always so warm and interesting to talk to.

    When we accidentally connected the day I was moving things out of my mother-in-laws apartment in the Lake Bonavista Village, I promised her that I’d come back to see her. We did manage to have one very nice visit last Fall. I’m sorry that I did not get back for more.

    As you well know, your mother was a very special lady. I can well understand how you will all miss her terribly. My thoughts are with you. May her wonderful soul rest in peace.

    Joanne

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  23. Shelley & Paul Gaudreau :

    Arun and Ramera … sorry to hear about your mom and G-ma. Glad that you had a chance to hang out with her this summer! Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Shelley & Paul

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  24. Ramera Abraham :

    Love you and miss you, Gma 🙂

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