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November 17, 1925 – December 19, 2012

 Vera passed away with family at her side in the early evening of  December 19, 2012.

 Our dearly loved Mom and Grandma clasped the hands of her beloved husband Fred and her daughter Brenda, joining them in eternal light and love in heaven. She was 87 years old and resided at the Carewest Colonel Belcher for the last two years, where her caregivers ensured her comfort by providing her with the best of care.  Vera was born in County Durham, England to Elizabeth and Thomas Bell and came to Calgary Alberta, along with her parents, at the age of three years. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister Brenda, her daughter Brenda (1954) and the love of her life, husband Fred Sr. (2011).

 Mom had a talent for so many things.  Most appreciated by us all were her numerous craft projects – all of our homes have lovely ceramic figurines,   knit blankets, pettipoint and paper tole pictures, lovingly created by her. She was a wonderful cook.  Our family enjoyed so many special meals over the years where she made an effort to make each of us our favorite recipes. Vera was a member of the Calgary Police Wives Association and served on their executive. She was also a member of the Foothills Hospital Ladies Auxiliary.  She was an avid curler and bowler. She enjoyed trailering and fishing and particularly enjoyed many Summers and the early Fall up at “the property”.

 Vera is survived by her son Fred Jr. (Diane); grandchildren, Michael (Susanne), Greg (Trinette), Krista (Victor); her son Ron and his dear friend Maggie; grandchildren Elizabeth (Rand), Jeff, Cody (April),  and their mother Terry Todd,  as well as great-grandchildren, Sydney, Misha, Owen,  Rowan, Poppy, Katie and Zoe, Anna,  Kennedy and Kolt. She is also survived by her brother Tom Bell and his wife Marilyn, her late husband Fred’s brother and sisters as well as many nieces and nephews.

 A private family memorial service celebrating Vera’s life will be conducted by Reverend Kenneth Balzer of Carewest Colonel Belcher on January 5, 2013 at McInnis and Holloway Chapel of the Bells. Graveside Service to follow at Queens Park Cemetery.  Condolences may be forwarded through  In keeping with Vera’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Calgary & Southern Alberta Chapter, 1130F – 44 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 4W6 Telephone: (403) 266-5295, would be appreciated.

 In living memory of Vera Brown, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES,Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Very sorry for the loss of Aunty Vera we are going to miss her. Love Ev, Mark, Luke and Jason.

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  2. I share my condolence with the rest of the family and to all that knew our loving and caring Vera, I will miss you Aunty. Love Wayne and Barbara

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  3. Lina and I were very sad to learn that Vera had passed away. I didn’t get in to see her lately as Lina and I had some sad news of our own to contend with from Italy and England. Vera was a good friend to us and a fine lady who was proud of her husband and all her family. She was a great supporter of the Calgary Police and just a great supporter of our Vets Assn. Lina and Ron

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  4. Dear Fred, Diane and family,
    We would like to express our sincerest condolences to you folks on your mothers passing. We did not know your mother but can relate to a loss of a parent. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jack & Shirley

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  5. I am sorry to hear of the passing of Vera, your dear mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother {as well as sister to my neighbors Tom and Marilyn Bell}. It was indeed a pleasure for Cal and I to have curled with Vera and Fred as well as family members out at Springbank so very long ago. I will always treasure her hearty laugh, her interest in friends and family and the fact we were moving to DeWinton. After we moved here and no longer curled, the bond of friendship continued whenever we did meet at Curling realated events. I have been a widow for over 5 years but still enjoy my DeWinton home that Cal provided for myself and my 3 now adult children.
    Betty Parr

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  6. I was sorry to hear of our dear Auntie Vera’s passing although I know she is now with Uncle Fred.I have many lovely memories of Auntie Vera from my childhood although we lived in B.C. and they in Calgary. She always made us feel special when they came for visits. I will cherish the memories of both Auntie Vera and our dearest Uncle Fred.
    Debbie Brown

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