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ARNOLD, Ella Joanna Louise

July 25, 1933 – September 21, 2012

It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Ella Joanna Louise Arnold (nee Verberckmoes) on Friday September 21, 2012 at the age of 79. After many years of courageous battle with kidney disease and being blessed with the precious gift of two kidney transplants, she passed away very peacefully.

Ella is survived by her loving, faithful and always by her side husband, Lorne Arnold. They have 2 children, Chris Arnold and Sandra Wilson (Kevin). She was most proud of her three beautiful grandchildren; Ryan Baldwin (Samantha), Meghan Cooke and Tayler Cooke. She was also thrilled to have three incredible great-granddaughters; Casey Brooke, Trinity Constance and Ollie Raya.

A celebration of life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Eastside Memorial Chapel (5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Please forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108,

In living memory of Ella Arnold, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside Memorial Chapel, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-248-8585.

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  1. I was sad to hear that Ella had passed away and wish to offer my condolences to her family. I met Ella through the Book Sale where she was one of the most stalwart volunteers. Ella worked there for many years despite her ongoing health battles and was our little ray of sunshine. I remember her apologizing for not being there every day one year because she had to go for dialysis. We all enjoyed her baking, especially those delicious butter tarts, that she kindly brought to the volunteers. I want to thank Ella for being an inspiration, in her own quiet way, to the many volunteers who worked with her through the years. Thanks to the Arnold family for sharing her with us.

    Yours truly,
    Rick Evis

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  2. My sympathy to all of Ella’s family. I worked a number of years with Ella at the Herald book sale and was always impressed with her dedication and hard work. She was a real trooper – even this year when she told me she could work only short hours but was so happy to contribute to an important charity. You will miss her greatly.

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  3. She was a rare and lovely little lady who I admired immensely. I met her the first year of the Book Sale and she immediately became an inspiration. I was often the first person at the Book Sale tent and Ella followed shortly after. We had a quiet time most mornings where we could visit and I cherish those memories. When I think of Ella I think of courage, determination and fortitude but I also think of sunshine and tranquility. Her smile lit up a room. I am honoured to have known her. My condolences to her family.

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  4. Doreen and Vic Jones :

    We were very sorry to hear of Ella’s passing. She, and her pleasant smile, will be missed at the garden. I have a photo from last year’s garden and will bring a print to the next luncheon. Please accept our sincere condolences.

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  5. Kathy & Ken Hargrove :

    Dear Lorne & Family,
    Both Ken and I would like to express our most sincere and heart-felt sympathy on the loss of your dear wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Mother in Law and friend.
    We feel most fortunate in having crossed paths with Ella at the various TransAlta functions. Ella was a pleasure to be around with her soft smile, kindness and always enjoyed a good visit, without ever showing her pain.
    Truly Lorne, together you were a delightful couple. Please take comfort in knowing you were a wonderful husband and caregiver and Ella’s place in heaven is assured.
    Kathy & Ken Hargrove

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  6. Vikki Perkins :

    I volunteered with Ella at the SAS booksale every year. She was always so happy and fun to be around, and a very hard worker, especially given her health challenges. I will never forget her welcoming smile and wonderful personality. I am very sorry for your loss.

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  7. Servants Anonymous Society :

    Ella will remain an angel in the eyes of SAS for all of her hard work at the book sale. It is with great sadness we heard about the passing of Ella and our condolences and prayers are with her family.
    All the love,
    Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary

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