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ANDERSON, Eileen Ann

August 21, 1925 – Hamilton, Ontario
November 6, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Eileen Anderson mother of Cassie, Linda, Margie, and Neville Anderson.

Born Eileen Ann Mattice in Hamilton Ontario, Eileen was a resident of Lakeview Calgary for 50 years and an active member of the citywide Calgary community. She was a constant supporter of St. James church in Calgary and she was well known in many other city Parishes notably St. Michael’s, St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Anthony’s.

Eileen was a registered nurse and in 1972 she began work with Canadian Red Cross Society (Alberta) and became Director of Health and Community services. She travelled the length and breadth of Alberta supervising social and health programs such as emergency home care, clothing for the handicapped, nursing training, recreational therapy for veterans and the Red Cross’ Women’s Work program for the making and sale of arts and crafts including quilts for international relief. In 1979 she travelled to Thailand as part of the Cambodia Relief program. She also volunteered for Red Cross relief work during the 1993 Missouri and Mississippi river floods. She continued her volunteer work for the Calgary Catholic Diocesan homeless program “Inn From the Cold” and helped teach adult reading for Calgary Public Libraries.

Eileen was an avid tennis player and long time member of the Calgary Tennis Club. She also played golf and helped out a various city golf courses. A bridge player from the age of 13 she played regularly with the Lakeview Community Association until the end of her life. After such an outgoing life that touched so many people she will be missed.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. James’ Catholic Church (5504 – 20th Street S.W.) on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the church hall. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Inn from the Cold Society, Suite 104, 110 – 11th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0X5, Telephone: (403) 263-8384, www.innfromthecold.org.

In living memory of Eileen Anderson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Eileen Sutcliffe :

    To know Eileen it could be said that her life was “a life well lived”.
    The Lakeview Ladies Bridge Club will miss her. RIP dear friend.

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  2. Dear Linda, Margie, Cassie and Nev,
    I was saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. What an active and productive life she led, and how wonderful it was that she was able to maintain her independence all these years! I hope that time, the support of family and friends and memories will be of comfort to you all.
    love
    Janie

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  3. Maureen Wickens :

    Sincere condolences on behalf of the Lakeview Tuesday Evening Bridge Club. Eileen was an avid bridge player and volunteered as treasurer for many years. She will be dearly missed.

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  4. Shelagh wilson :

    thinking of you all and remembering the force for good that was my Aunt Eileen. It’s hard to believe that such an energy is gone from this world. She was bigger than life and has left an imprint on my heart.
    Love to you all
    Shelagh

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  5. Sandra Sawatzky :

    Hi Margie,
    My condolences to all of your family. She sounded like an amazing woman. I am out of town on Monday and wish I could be there. It would be great to see you after all these years.
    Regards,
    Sandra

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  6. Peter McDonald :

    Dear Cassie, Nev, Linda and Margie,

    Although we can’t be with you tomorrow our thoughts will be. Your Mom was such a lively, positive, caring and thoughtful person over the years. Family connections were so important to her and we we have so many fond memories of times spent together with her.

    Peter and Bev

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  7. Eileen was my friend for golf, bridge, lunch (usually with wine!). She was gracious, fun and I am lucky to have known her.

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  8. Maureen Mattice :

    Dearest Cassie, Linda, Margie and Nev,
    Our thoughts and prayers have been with you all during this most painful time. I do not recall any family occasion over the past years that Eileen did not attend. She valued those ties and maintained them with so many of us. May you find the strength and support you need in those around you. With love, Maureen

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  9. Christopher Mattice :

    Dear Cassie, Nev, Linda and Margie. Your Mother held a special place in my life. As you all know she welcomed me often into her home during my short time living in Calgary. It meant a lot to me to know I had family nearby. It was special to introduce my wife Catherine to your Mom when we visited for her 90th birthday celebration. We enjoyed sharing stories, laughter and reconnecting during that celebration. Your Mom always reminded me of my father Walter, her brother. Her sense of humour, her story telling but most importantly her genuine care and interest in others lives. I always appreciated her sense of family. I admired her own personal initiatives, she was a strong, active and determined woman. I am sorry I am not able to be with you tomorrow to celebrate her life. Eileen Mattice Anderson will forever live within my heart.

    Love to you all,
    Chris

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  10. Margaret Byrnes :

    Dear Cassie, Nev, Linda and Margie,
    We were all so sad to hear the news of Eileen’s death. She was a very special woman. I have been so impressed all my life by her remarkable energy, athletic skills, range of interests and willingness to volunteer for so many causes. Her determination to stay in touch with and informed about the far flung Byrnes “girls” over the years is what I valued most. It was always great to hear from her. Please know that we are thinking of you all and hope that you will be comforted by many good memories.
    Love,
    Margie B

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  11. Margie, Linda Cassie and Nev,
    It was w/ great sadness that I heard of you Mom’s passing. As some of you know, she was very special to me. When I returned to Canada in ‘86 we renewed our relationship, not only as my mother’s sister but as a friend, especially so after the passing of my mother. I always admired her energy, curiosity and that Mattice sense of family loyalty. We spoke every few months ( the last in late September) and of course I am now very glad we had that chance to talk about all sorts of current events. My thoughts are with you. Much love Ellen

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