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ARNOLD, Wilda Mary

December 12, 1925 – Calgary, AB
June 4, 2014 – Calgary, AB

In the peaceful early morning of June 4, 2014, Wilda passed away with her daughter, Gayle, by her side at Walden Heights Seniors Community where she lived for the past 22 months. Wilda was born in Calgary on December 12, 1925 with an adventurous and loving spirit.

Wilda cherished her family, friends, travelling, cooking, shopping and playing bridge. She was known for her smile and sense of humour, and was happy much of the time. Wilda was proud to be a medical lab technician for over twenty years, and especially liked working in her own lab at the old Herald Building. She loved her patients and enjoyed lunch hours where she could meet up with friends, shop, and explore downtown Calgary.

She supported her husband, Bob, in his retirement dream of building a 44 foot sailboat “SeaDreamer” in the backyard of their home. She never imagined she would spend years studying about food preparation for ocean sailing and stocking medical supplies for a sailing adventure that took them all the way to New Zealand and back. Wilda amazed her sailing friends by cooking full roast and turkey feasts in her small boat oven. No matter where she was, food and fellowship was important – whether it was Sunday dinners at home, or Happy Hours on the boat.

Wilda collected her friends like some people collect fine wines. She treasured them. Her friends came from all walks of life, cultures and faiths, and represented all ages. Wilda valued each person with an appreciation for the bond they shared, and the laughter and adventures they got into. She made buckets of strawberry jam in a travel trailer with Shirley; learned to sew beads onto her daughters’ synchronized swimming suits and headpieces from Jacquie; and went on shopping excursions with Hilda, Jean, Jane, Lynn and many others.

Left to extend her legacy of love are her daughters, Janet Arnold and Gayle Hayes, and granddaughters, Shavone and Keara Hayes. The family wishes to thank caregiver/companions Sondra Baker and Bontu Seyoum for providing such loving care to Wilda over the past two and half years. The staff from the Walden Heights dementia unit are also appreciated for the understanding and support they gave to Wilda and her family throughout the dementia journey.

A service of thanks will be held the first day of summer, Saturday June 21, at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) at 10:00 a.m. We are thanking Wilda for her contribution to each of our lives. The family would also like to thank friends and family for their presence and support to their mother’s life and their own. In honour of Wilda’s happy personality, you are invited to wear cheery colours. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary 222 – 58 Ave S.W. #201, Calgary, AB T2H 2S3 (403) 290-0110.

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

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  1. Rob, Carol and Allie :

    From Rob, Carol and Allie. You are in our hearts and prayers.

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  2. Isobel and Daryl Birnie :

    Our sincere condolences. A wonderful happy lady who was a joy to be with. Fond memories of many swims.

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  3. Bev and Dennis Harley :

    Dear Gayle & Janet,
    Sincerest sympathy. We will always remember your mother and her caring nature.

    Bev, Dennis and Kris Harley

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  4. Susan Clarke :

    Dear Janet and Gayle,

    I was so sorry to hear about your Mom passing away. I have very fond memories of her while we were all trying to stay warm on the pool deck at competitions. She was such a kind person.

    Susan Clarke

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  5. Sharon Iversen :

    My sincerest condolences to you Janet and your family.
    Thinking of you,

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  6. Blair Collins :

    Sending lots of love and positive energy during this sad time for your family. May you all continue to experience her living presence as we All continue our journeys towards our own personal homecoming.

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  7. Kim Omelchuk :

    Dear Janet and Gayle,

    Sending our deepest condolences on the loss of your dear mother, Wilda, was such a beautiful, fun and kind lady, we feel honored to have spent time with her and know she will be deeply missed by all whom lives she touched. May your warm memories bring you comfort in the coming days. So sorry that we will be unable to attend services but please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Kim Omelchuk & Noemi Llamas
    Activity Department
    Symphony Senior Living Evergreen

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  8. Viv Holowaychuk :

    Dear Gayle and family
    We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom and Grandma.
    Hopefully all the fond memories will help ease the pain during this difficult time.
    Thinking of you!
    Dave and Viv Holowaychuk

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  9. Lucy Creamer :

    Dearest Gayle and Janet:
    Our most sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved mother.
    May your family be comforted by your wonderful memories of your mom.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Your friends at ACH Ultrasound

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  10. Michelle and Jackie :

    Dearest Janet and Gayle,
    Your mom, Wilda, had the most generous heart and the kindest laughing eyes-she will be missed most especially for all the laughter she generated.
    Both your parents were thoughtful and intelligent-we miss seeing the boat rising from the backyard; and hearing about the sailing adventures. Wilda was a true adventurer! Wilda will remember the time her and Jackie could not figure how to get the rental car key out of the ignition-finally after reading the Manuel it was solved! Wilda was-as Texans say- a real pistol!
    Best regards always
    Jackie Calkins and Michelle DeFilippi

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  11. Brenda ledingham :

    Sorry for your loss. I enjoyed your Mom’s friendship while we were friends. I know you are missing a wonderful mother. I am sorry that she was ill and glad you were there for her.

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  12. Nancy Wallebeck McNair :

    Hi, I am the daughter of Sally Wallebeck and I came across the notice of your mom’s passing, really just by accident. My mom and myself thought so highly of Wilda and she was such a good friend to mom. Mom also has dementia, which I am not sure if you knew about. Janet or Gayle if you could drop me an email so I can reach you directly that would be greatly appreciated as I am living overseas. My deepest condolences to you both and your families,

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