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BLACKSTAFFE – Resa (nee Leslie)

September 1, 1918 – March 22, 2011

Resa was born in Saskatoon, raised and schooled in Calgary where she worked for the tax department after graduating from Crescent Heights High School. A 1944 war bride, she and her husband Jack moved to Red Deer in 1948 and there raised their three boys – Russ, Walt and Ted.

Mom filled many roles in our lives: tutor, coach, guide, banker, nurse, boss, chauffeur, teacher and always a partner to Dad. Post kids, Resa and Jack moved to Canmore to operate an auto parts shop. They then retired to Carstairs where golf, sun and gardening all enjoyed longer seasons.

Resa’s pastimes included bridge, curling, skiing, bowling, reading, cards, golf, ping-pong, movies, pool, accounting and an occasional pint. We’ll miss being greeted by her quick wit and ready smile.

A full life, a long life, much and dearly loved, Resa passed quietly Tuesday evening.

Resa is survived by her sons Russell (Joan) Blackstaffe and Walter (Patti) Blackstaffe; daughter-in-law Cara Schelske; grandchildren, Adam (Anita), Jesse, Bree, Nadia (Kevin), Isaac, Bronwyn, Alexander and Mitchell; and great-grandchildren Milo and Sam; as well as nieces and nephews, Leslie (Gary), Dave, Karen (Ken) and Phillip. Mom was predeceased by elder sisters Eileen and Enid; husband Jack; and youngest son Ted.

At Resa’s request, no formal service will be held. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family thanks the staff of the Chinook Winds Lodge in Carstairs and those of the Mayfair Care Centre in Calgary for their dedication to care and comfort these past two years.

In living memory of Resa Blackstaffe, 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. Mary O'Regan :

    Walter and Patti
    I am so sorry to hear of your mother passing away. I enjoyed our few visits and I know she has left a huge hole in your hearts. Live with all the memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers
    Mary

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  2. Joan and Russ,
    I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose a parent. No matter how old or frail, she was still your “mom”. She will live in your heart forever. My thoughts are with you.

    Irene Darius

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  3. Ken & Judy Nichol :

    We are sorry to hear the loss of your Mom. You all have so many good memories, her being a Wife, Mom, Grandma and a very special friend to so many…. Our thoughts are with you! Sending you all hugs!!!! All our love, Your friends Artie and Judy Mae xo

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  4. Kelly and Teresa Mahar :

    Walter and family,
    Sorry to hear about your mom. You are in our thoughts at this time. May you find peace in the days to come and may the memories make you smile.
    Take care Walter guy

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  5. Cherine Hlady :

    We are thinking of you Joan, Russ, Adam, Anita and boys and send along our condolences.

    Love Cherine and Joseph

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  6. Carol Genest :

    Resa was a lovely woman. a good wife, sister, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. She will be missed and fondly remembered. my sincerest condolences to the entire family from Jesse & Bree’s Mom.

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  7. Wayne and Marilyn Bygrave :

    Walter and Patti,
    It seems that there’s very little one can do to ease the loss of one who meant so very much to you, But may you find some comfort in the sorrow that you bear, just knowing that we understand and care…. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Our deepest sympathy…
    much love and hugs,
    your friends,
    Wayne and Marilyn

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  8. Robert WIlson :

    Dear Walter and Patti,

    So very sorry to hear of your mothers passing. We all only get one mother whom we always love- whether present in our lives or having passed over to to other side.

    What moves through us at these difficult times is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why your mother left this earth so soon, or why she left before you were more ready to say good-bye, but little by little, I pray you shall begin to remember not just that your mother passed, but that she lived. And that her life gave you memories too beautiful to forget. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. -Rob

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  9. Russ,

    We are very sorry for your loss

    Your friends at Priddis are thinking about you.

    James

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  10. Mike DesBrisay & Maja Beck :

    Walter & Patti
    Our thoughts are with you both at this time of great loss. We know how hard it is to lose a close family member but we also know she will live on for all time in wonderful memories for you, all your immediate family and those who knew her well.
    With deepest sympathy
    Mike & Maja

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  11. Bill and Mayuko Dreger :

    Walter and Patti,

    We are saddened to learn of your mom’s passing. May you find comfort and peace in the love of your family and friends. Our thoughts are with you.

    With love,
    Bill and Mayuko

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