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BRUCE – Betty Annabel (nee Gardner)

September 28, 1918 – October 25, 2010

Betty passed away on October 25, 2010 at the Chinook Hospice at the age of 92.

Betty was born in Winnipeg, but as a child the family moved to Regina. During the Second World War, Betty had an opportunity to work in Washington, D.C. for the Australian War Supplies Commission, where she met Esson. They married in the spring of 1946, taking up residence in Montreal. Betty became involved with many charities and was a member of the Mount Royal United Church Choir and women’s activities for many years. For retirement Betty and Esson moved to Oakville, Ontario in 1982 and enjoyed thirteen pleasant years among old friends from Washington and Montreal days. In 1995 they moved to Calgary to be near Susan and Joe.

Betty is survived by her loving daughter Susan (Joe) Hunter and nephew Larry (Linda) Bruce.

Betty was predeceased by her beloved husband and best friend, Esson, and infant son David Esson Bruce.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.  You may forward condolences through

 If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,

A special thanks to Dr. Paul Pashniak, the wonderful Doctors and Nurses on units 51 and 54 at the Peter Lougheed Hospital, and the caring staff at the Chinook Hospice. Special thanks to Rosemary, Chris and Marjorie for their help over the last few months.

In living memory of Betty, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.  Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Tom and Laurie Henry :

    Dear Susan
    Your mom was an absolute delight, and I am so glad that I had a chance to spend a little bit of time with her. We know that you will miss her terribly, and offer you our sincere condolences.
    Best wishes
    Laurie and Tom

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  2. Doug and Joelle Bruce :

    We were so fortunate to have been able to spend time with Betty. We will always remember her enthusiasm and passion for life along with her great personality and sense of humor.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Doug and Joelle

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  3. Dear Susan,
    Your mom was a very special lady and will be sadly missed. When I was a kid, I thought she was the most glamorous person I’d ever seen. Her hair was amazing! And I marveled over her type-written letters. She had the kind of laugh that made you feel like the funniest person in the world, and she had a sense of warmth and elegance that were entirely her own. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.

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