November 3, 1931 – Roblin, MB
January 28, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Alison Agnew passed away peacefully at the Bethany Care Center on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the age of 82 years.
Alison and Howard met at a dance in 1952 and were married on September 25, 1954. They spent the next 35 years travelling the western hemisphere with Howard’s work with Texaco. The family lived in several places including Venezuela, Denver, Edmonton, and Toronto but Calgary was always considered to be home. After Howard’s retirement, it was time for them to enjoy travel for pleasure and not for business. Together, Howard and Alison traveled to a number of countries and made many wonderful memories and friends.
Mom was a volunteer extraordinaire – she always said – “Volunteers make the world go round”. In the early years of her children’s lives, she volunteered with the Girl Guides with Heather, the Foothills Swim Club with Aline and the 31st Scouts with Richard. She served in many capacities with Scouts Canada over 40 years and was awarded the Medal of Merit for her many years of dedicated service. She was on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Scouts Region and served as President of the York Region in Unionville, Ontario. Upon their return to Calgary from Toronto in 1984, she became involved with Heritage Park for over 15 years most notably as the Chair of the annual Twelve Days of Christmas Program. She also volunteered for the Calgary chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Association and at the World Police and Fire Games in 1997.
Mom enjoyed sewing dresses for her daughters and granddaughters; playing bridge with the same group of ladies for over 40 years; cooking and baking – replicating dishes for Dad that he had experienced on his many business trips, Christmas cooking and baking, baking red velvet cakes for birthdays. She was a voracious reader, enjoyed doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles and always was willing to lend a hand. She was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, “Nana”, sister and friend.
Alison leaves behind her children, Heather Agnew; Aline Walker (Stuart), Richard (Wilma); grandchildren, Victoria (Ken), Jason, Tyler (Megan), Sarah and Samantha; and her sister-in-law Myrtle Schmidt, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in 2008 by Howard her devoted husband, partner and best friend for over fifty-four years. Their lifelong commitment and dedication to one another was an inspiration to us all. She was predeceased by her brothers Mervyn (Barbara), Harry (Yvette) and her parents Roy Kelly and Mary “May” Richardson.
Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.); on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, donations made directly to the Calgary Scout Foundation (2140 Brownsea Drive N.W., Calgary T2N 3G9) would be appreciated. The family would like to thank all the staff at Bethany Care Centre on Heartland Level 4, especially Nurses Quennie and Lani and Drs. Don and Paul Gladman and her family physician Dr. Owen Yuen.
In living memory of Alison Agnew, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences