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AGNEW, Joyce “Alison” Mae (nee Kelly)

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.

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  1. What a legacy your mom left for her family and friends to remember her wonderful spirit. Please know that she will always be with you.

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  2. Larry & Donna Adams :

    I was proud to have been a part of Alison’s volunteerism, while I was both a volunteer and executive staff member of Scouts Canada in Calgary.. Having watched her children grow and have families of their own has been a credit to her as a caring, sharing and great lady. Both Donna and I will miss her and extend our sincere sympathy and condolences to all of the family.

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  3. Corinne & Bob Kreiger :

    I remember your mom as a lovely caring woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Bob & Corinne Kreiger

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  4. The Funke Family :

    Our sympathy and warmest thoughts are with you at this difficult time

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  5. Dave Agnew and family :

    Dear Agnews and Walkers;
    Alison was the most significant and positive influence on our early years in Alberta. We felt at home and most welcome in her and Howard’s various residences over the years. Being part of her family was always something special and the food was marvelous . Her kindness will never be forgotten. Special times became everlasting memories. Thanks for the memories Alison. We will miss you.

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  6. Kathy Goodwin :

    Heather, My heartfelt condolonces on the loss of your mother.

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  7. Carmen Chinery :

    My thoughts are with the whole family during this time. I know Alison was an important part of your family and loved by all.

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  8. I have fond memories of Alison as Richard’s mom from going over to play at their house in Silver Springs. She was always very welcoming and kind. As a fellow Scott, I really appreciate her commitment and to raising Richard who quickly became my best friend when we moved to the neighborhood.

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  9. Alison will always hold a special place in the hearts of myself and the Lundy family. Although not technically related, she was in fact our favorite ‘ Aunt ‘. Her warm, sensible, gentle nature will forever glow within us all.

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  10. Tony & Carla Rizzuti :

    To Richard, Wilma and the entire Agnew family;
    We send our sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother and grandmother.
    Please know that we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Hugs to all.

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  11. Christopher & Karen Wood :

    Dear friends,

    Our condolences for your loss, but we are also thankful for your mom’s life and generosity. She has left her fingerprints on the lives of many.

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  12. Heather, Aline, and Richard, since the days you all lived in Brentwood (yes, that many years ago), through many Christmas tree sales at St. Cyprian’s to a memorable summer in Silver Springs I always remember the dignity of your mum. A strong but inviting lady. I am sure that she will be missed by many. My condolences and best regards to you all.

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  13. Heather, Aline and Richard,
    Please accept my sympathy in the passing of your mother. She was a marvelous woman, who was so capable and willing to give of herself to her family and the community. Treasure the fond memories you have and know that others recognize the contribution that she made. Heartfelt thoughts to you all.

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