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ARRAF, Rumzia

July 4, 1931- Mi’ilya, Palestine
June 15, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Rumzia was born in 1931 in the town of Mi’ilya in Palestine, not far from Nazareth, the youngest of five children. She married in 1953 and immigrated to Canada as a young mother to join her husband Emile in 1962, arriving in northern Alberta in the middle of winter. They moved to Saskatchewan, where Emile taught school for 27 years, most of it in Meadow Lake, and Rumzia raised a family and learned to enjoy ice fishing. Rumzia was a devoted mother who worked tirelessly to take care of her family and believed everyone had a responsibility to make the world a better place as well.

Rumzia was a wonderful cook who tried to make sure that no one ever went hungry – whether they were at her doorstep or half-way around the world. In addition to her own four children, she has sponsored for years children in poor villages in Africa and the Middle East. Her Catholic faith was extremely important to her. She was active in the Catholic Women’s League and in volunteer work. She also was a beautiful seamstress and gardener – everything flourished under her care. In 2004 she and Emile moved to Calgary to be closer to their son John, his wife Kelly and their children.

Rumzia is survived by her husband Emile, her daughter Rebecca, her husband Miles Turner, son Elia, his wife Dorothy, daughter Jane, and son John, his wife Kelly, as well as grandchildren; Hailey, Cassandra, Liam and Madeleine. In her later years, Rumzia was happiest playing with her young grandchildren and cooking them their favorite foods – they were her greatest joy. ‘She was an exceptional grandmother,” says Kelly. “She was the type of grandmother I will try (and likely fail) to model myself after.” She also treasured her many nieces and nephews and their children in the country of her birth and around the world.

She will be missed by all.

Prayers and Tributes were held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1307 – 14th Street S.W.) Calgary, AB on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1307 – 14th Street S.W.) Calgary, AB, on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Rumzia would have appreciated donations to a local food bank in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements in care of McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. Rita and Garry Pischke :

    We send our condolences to the family.

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  2. Leoncio V. Jaraiz, Knights of Columbus #1186 :

    Please accept my heartfelt condolence at the passing away of Madame Rumzia Arraf. May she be before Our Lord in Heaven, resting in peace.

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  3. Ida Beaubien :

    Our deepest condolences to the Arraf family. We give thanks for the many bouquets given to us throughout the years.
    We remember both Rumzia & Emil with great fondness. They will always be remembered with deep appreciation!

    Our Lady of Peace Parish
    Meadow Lake, Sask.

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  4. Paul and Suzanne Blain :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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  5. Elaine Mattock :

    To Mr. Arraf (under whose principalship my children attended Jubilee School)and the Arraf family, my sincere sympathy. May God grant you peace.

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  6. Nels and Dorothy Andersen :

    Mr. Arraf and family- we send our deepest sympathy and ask God’s blessing for your family, our neighbours when we first came to Meadow Lake.

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  7. Louise and Antoinette Simard :

    Dear Emile,
    Mom (Antoinette) and I just heard of the passing of Rumzia and wish to express our sincere condolences.
    Mom remembers many, many enjoyable visits and meals with you and Rumzia and often talks about you and her respect for you and your family. Her heart is with you today and we both send you and your family our deepest sympathy.

    Louise and Antoinette Simard

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  8. I was deeply saddened by the news that Rumzia has passed away .My heart felt condolences to you and your family.I always remember when she visited her grandchildren and new that she’s great loving grandmother. I can’t forget you and your family for you’re all so kind to me.I’m praying for you.

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