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ASHMORE – Gwynneth Mary (nee Etherington)

September 27, 1921 – February 2, 2010

Gwynneth Ashmore beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother of Calgary and formerly of Airdrie, passed away quietly in her sleep at the Carewest George Boyack Centre on February 2, 2010 at the age of 88 years.

Gwen was born on September 27, 1921 in Hartlebury, Worcestershire, England. Gwen was a very hard working and dedicated sales manager for 25 years with the Robert Simpson Company Ltd. in Montreal and was very well respected for her knowledge and professional expertise in the China and Silverware industry. She had a deep passion for gardening, knitting, needlepoint, cooking and playing piano. Most of all she dedicated over 27 years of her time and care in voluntary work within her community to the Bethany Care Centre, Kerby Centre, Airdrie Legion and Seniors and Veterans club.

Gwynneth Ashmore is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Valerie and Hank Heerema, Sheila Coles; son and daughter-in-law, Monty and Gail Coles; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; brother, Vernon and Joan Etherington as well as two nieces, Lisa and Jane.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Shirley Donnelly in 1994, and infant grandson, Brendan Donnelly in 1970.

Funeral Services will be held at the Airdrie United Church, 212 – 1st Avenue N.E. on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Forward condolences through

If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 6A8, Telephone: (403) 955-8818.

In living memory of Gwynneth Ashmore, a tree will be planted at Fletcher Park, Airdrie by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE. Telephone: (403) 948-1100.

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  1. My condolences on the passing of your mother, grandmother. When I saw her picture in the obituary, I knew her right away. “Mrs. Ashmore” was one of the first managers I worked for at Simpson’s, in the mid – ’70s, at Fairview! I remember her being very elegant. She was also a friend of my mom’s (Margaret D’angelo) – who worked in the cash office. My sympathy to your family.
    Cathy Martin – Calgary.

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