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BEDO, Christina “Tina” Elizabeth

May 2, 1948 – May 5, 2013

Christina “Tina” Elizabeth Bedo passed away peacefully with family by her side in the evening hours of May 5 at the age of 65 years.

She leaves behind to mourn and cherish her loving and devoted husband of forty-six years Jozsef; daughter Caroline and husband Shawn; son Karl; brother Richard Wood and sister in law Maggie; nephews Justin and Darren and wife Natalie; sister Linda Stewart and husband Martin; niece Sarah and husband Tony; nephew Mark; nephew Lee; niece Ann; life-long friends Bruce and Margaret Reinbolt, Maureen Powell, Norman Murray and Julie Meller, Puru and Navin Dave and a large circle of friends. Tina was predeceased by her mother Hilda, father Leslie and his very special friend Paula Cox (whom mom adored), and her youngest brother Brian.

Tina grew up in Kent and attended school there. She was very spirited and liked to have a good time with her friends. She was daring and got into trouble as young girls do, for sneaking out to meet boys, and rebelling against the long skirts that were part of the school uniform by rolling up the waistband so the hemline was above the knees. Tina’s childhood memories of times spent with Richard, Linda and Brian stayed with her always. One favorite story involved her jumping off an air raid shelter with Richard for some reason. She put her teeth through her tongue doing that.

One of Tina’s first jobs when she finished school was as a typist for an insurance company. It was there that she met Margaret and Maureen who would remain life-long friends. They shared many good times as they began their adventure into the working world.

Tina met Joe in England in 1965 and they were married in 1967. The opportunities of Canada beckoned and they immigrated in 1968, settling in Toronto. Both children were born in Toronto and Tina was a stay at home mom, keeping a very happy and loving home for her family.

The family moved west to Calgary in 1975 where Joe worked as a millwright and at times travelled far from home for work. When Caroline and Karl were old enough, Tina started work part time for the Calgary Board of Education as a lunchroom supervisor at Southwood Elementary. She moved into a teacher’s aide position and then a school aide. She spent time at Nellie McClung, Woodbine Elementary and Braeside Elementary. She loved being around the kids and they adored her. She was presented with an album put together by one of the classes she helped which had drawings and words from all the kids. The common theme from them was how nice she was, they liked it when she took them to the library and one said she had nice shoes too!

Tina had a kind word and a smile for everyone. She was compassionate, empathetic and generous to all. She put the needs of others ahead of herself. She had a great love for cats and was heartbroken when our Sammy passed after seventeen wonderful years. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She embraced Caroline and Karl’s friends and would always ask about them and was delighted to be included in visits whenever they were around. For many years she and her good friend Betty had a standing bingo night and shopping days that they enjoyed together. She got together with girlfriends she knew from work to catch up on things. In recent years, she and Caroline enjoyed trips to the casino together. A “favorite place” she said. She would hope to win, but it was always just a fun day out and a thrill when she did win, no matter how small.
In the years when health issues began to arise, she never complained and faced challenges with courage and dignity. MS was a presence in her life for almost twenty years.

It is difficult to believe that we will not see her twinkling eyes and warm smile. Mom was “Toots” and “Shrimp” to dad, Tina to all of her friends and family and the warmest hearted and loving mom to her children. She will be forever missed and never forgotten.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Calgary & Area Chapter, 150, 110 Quarry Park Blvd. S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 3G3 Telephone: (403) 250-7090, www.mssociety.ca.

In living memory of Tina Bedo, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Margaret and Bruce Reinbolt :

    I will miss you so very much Tina, even though we have been so far from each other for many years, you have always been in my thoughts, especially when I had a cup of coffee. I remember the hours we would spend talking and drinking cup after cup, it is a wonder we slept at night. Although we have been talking on the phone it just wasn’t the same as being together. We had three wonderful visits to your home and you were able to come to visit us a few times also, and it was as if we had never been separated. You and Joe did a wonderful job raising Caroline and Karl, they and our memories are a good legacy.

    Joe, Caroline and Karl, Shawn, Richard, Maggie and all family and friends of Tina. We send you our deepest condolences. We know that there is a large empty space in your lives now, but please keep trying to fill it with good memories of Tina.

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  2. I only had the pleasure of meeting Tina on one occasion on one of her trips to the casino with Caroline. I will treasure the memory of her soft smile and the way her eyes lit up when she smiled. I can not imagine the depth of the loss you are all feeling at this incredibly difficult time, but I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers today and in the days ahead.

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  3. Gillian & John Bawoll :

    Richard & Maggie, Joe and all their families,
    We enjoyed the time that we spent with Tina very much. She is a very special kind lady with a heart of gold. My late mother was so very fond of her and they enjoyed many a giggle together. She will remain in all of our fond memories and will bring a smile to us all when we think of the joy she bought to those around her. You are all in our prayers and thoughts at this time.
    With much love, Gill & John

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  4. Tina was a beautiful person and will be missed dearly. As a friend of Caroline’s she welcomed me as part of the family and always cared and asked about my life and what I was up too. I have many fond memories of visits and outings the three of us shared and they will bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart for always.

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  5. Maureen Powell :

    You will always be in my thoughts Tina, I met you in 1964 and from then on we were good friends. Even though we had not seen much of each other we managed to stay in touch and it is with much love I remember you and our times together as teenagers. We always managed to find something to laugh about. My love to you and all the family and I shall be thinking of you all on Friday. Fondest love, Maureen and Geoffrey Powell

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  6. Noel & Linda Hunt :

    So very sorry to hear about your mother. I had never met her but felt I knew her because of you. I can so feel your pain & wish I could give you a big hug! Will be thinking of you & Shawn both & hopefully we can talk soon.
    Lots of Love, Aunty Linda & Uncle Noel

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  7. Randy and Karen Giddings :

    I’m so sorry Caroline, for the loss of your wonderful Mother, whom you cherished and took care of for many years. Randy and I were lucky enough to meet your Mom and your family at your wedding in Calgary. We still talk about the wedding and what a wonderful family you and Shawn have. I just want to hug you big time Caroline, and then make it all better.
    Love, Aunty Karen and Uncle Randy

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