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BURKETT – Edna Allison Isabelle (nee Mark)

August 22, 1947 – September 4, 2010

The family of Allison Burkett is sad to announce her unexpected promotion to glory on Saturday, September 4, 2010, at the age of 63.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Allison has lived in Calgary, Alberta for the last forty-one years. She received her Business Administration diploma from SAIT, as well as a diploma in Early Childhood Education and a Social Work Diploma, both from Mount Royal College. After 32 years of service dedicated to helping others as a Public Trustee Officer, Allison retired in 2008. Allison was a founding member of The Salvation Army Berkshire Citadel Community Church. As a devout Christian, she was a living example of her faith in Jesus. She was compassionate, generous, and totally committed to lovingly serving everyone.

Allison is survived by three children: Jim (Natasha), Norbert (Tara), Susan (Darren Alexander); six grandchildren (Sabrina, Brooklyn, Grace, Harrison, Charlie, Ava); a sister, Jean-Eve Mark; a brother, Phillip Mark; a niece Karrie Graham; a nephew, Paul Graham; and a half sister Cheryl (Lyle) Buddecke.

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 10, 2010, between the hours of 6:30-8:30pm at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North). Also, The Salvation Army Berkshire Citadel Community Church will be open for visitation prior to the celebratory service.

A celebration of Allison’s life will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 11:00am at The Salvation Army Berkshire Citadel Community Church (222 Sandarac Dr., NW, Calgary, AB T3K 3M5). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in honour of Allison, to The Salvation Army Berkshire Citadel Community Church.

Allison will be dearly missed as mother, grandmother, sister, church member, and friend. We love and miss you “Mamma”.

In living memory of Allison Burkett, 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.

Precious Memories of Allison Burkett

Allison loved her Lord and her family, especially her children, her grandchildren, her sister Jean-Eve, her church and its members. She loved to travel, go to parties, birthdays, and every gathering of people. She loved puzzles and the beach, hot dogs, diet coke, and any variety of donuts, but sprinkled donuts held a special place in her heart. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing, and she always wanted to paint and write a children’s book. Shelooked forward to dining out and was always up for a dinner date.  Children had a special place in her heart and her grandchildren brought her family together.  She loved picnics, balloons, pizza, bubbles and dearly loved to shop – especially at Sears on a Saturday morning.  Newspapers, recipes, photos and cards – she never parted with any of these treasures.  The “Winnipeggers” were particularly dear to her. She enjoyed football and cheered for the Stampeders.  She loved the Stampede (and the Stampede breakfasts!!), angels, flowers and a warm cozy blanket.  She listened to the Gaither’s music and looked forward to visits with/from her dear friends, especially over a cup of tea and food. Allison had a way of always seeing the very best in others, never mindful of people’s shortcomings. Allison had immense generosity and a giving heart. She had grace like no other and would forgive again and again, never holding a grudge. She had a child’s anticipation and could lighten up any room with her crazy stories and contagious laughter. She was a dreamer, and there wasn’t anyone that could change her mind once it was determined. Nothing held her down, especially her poor health. She loved The Salvation Army, was a true SOLDIER for Christ, and lived out their mission for saving souls. She was a true gem and her example will be especially missed by all.

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  1. Fred and Lorraine Veysey :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate the life of Allison and her Promotion To Glory.

    Getting to know Allison has been a blessing to us as a family. We readily recognized the kind and generous person she was. She has touched a lot of lives through her Christian witness, caring spirit and giving nature.

    We share in your loss and are thinking of you. May you find comfort through His Holy Spirit.

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  2. mark and marsha linde :

    We are so sorry for your loss and you are in our thoughts at this difficult time.

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  3. Bram and Angela Dean :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Burkett and Mark family during this time of loss, and through the celebration of Allison’s life.

    Allison exemplified Christian service to all of those she came in contact with. We are so very blessed to have had her in our lives and as part of our family.

    “Grace alone which God supplies
    Strength unknown He will provide
    Christ in us, our cornerstone
    We will go forth in grace alone.”

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  4. Floyd & Ina Everett, Victoria Corner, NB :

    Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for God’s comfort at this sad time.

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  5. Al and Betty Nicholson :

    Dear Sue, Darren, Sabrina, Brooklyn, Charlie & Harrison:

    With Special Thoughts of you at this most difficult time. Praying that the Lord will surround you with His Love and that His Presence will fill you with Peace. Sue,today your mom has come to fully understand what her Christian life has been all about. What a glorious hope for one who has lived her life in preparation for Her eternal Home in Heaven. Holding you all close in Prayer as you walk through this time. God will hold you close and see you through because you are So Precious to Him. James 5:11

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  6. Jim, Tash and Grace: Thinking of you at this time…will be keeping you all in my prayers tomorrow as you celebrate the Promotion to Glory of your Mom! Hazel Furlong

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  7. Majors Reg & Betty Pell :

    We were saddened to hear of Allison’s sudden Promotion to Glory. It hardly seems possible that 38 years have gone by since we first met Allison at Hillhurst Corps. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you celebrate her life of Christian service. May you sense the Prsence of the Holy Spirit undergirding you during these days.

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  8. Judy and Danny Blakney :

    Dear Jim, Natasha, and Grace.
    We’re so sad to hear of the loss of your mom, Jim. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family at this time and we will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. I know that God will give you comfort and strength for the days ahead. I came to know your mom a bit during her visits in Moncton and I know that she is present with the Lord. Take comfort my loves. Judy & Danny xo xo

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  9. Sue, Jimmy and Norbert,

    I am so sad for your loss. I am, however, happy that Allison is singing and dancing up a storm with her Heavenly Father! I know you will miss her and because this was so sudden, you will probably take more time to grieve. Be free to cry, yell, scream, be quiet – whatever it takes for you to grieve. Your mother was a very special lady. Take comfort in knowing she loved you, she knew she was loved and now she’s with her Creator!

    I have many memories of your mother; I’ll never forget how she and my mother would have little arguments in songsters about singing the high notes! I remember our mothers chasing us around the church looking for us when it was time to go home. I remember her hearty laugh at Family Games Night at church and any other gatherings. But I think my most memorable moment was when we left Calgary and she went to say goodbye to mom. They hugged each other and I thought they would never let go. I know they loved each other and would miss one another.

    I really thought when I was about 8 or 9 years old that Allison would be my mother-in-law one day; just didn’t know if it was Jimmy or Norbert I was going to marry – I liked each of them every other week! haha

    Here’s a song my cousins and I sang at my grandmother’s celebration of life a few years ago. I hope you find as much comfort in the words as I do:

    I feel the touch of hands so kind and tender.
    They’re leading me in the paths that I must trod.
    I’ll have no fear for Jesus walks beside me
    For I’m sheltered in the arms of God.

    So let the storm clouds rage high,
    The dark clouds rise,
    They don’t worry me;
    For I’m sheltered safe within the arms of God.
    He walks with me,
    And naught of earth shall harm me,
    For I’m sheltered in the arms of God.

    Soon I shall hear the call from heaven’s portals
    “Come home my child, it’s the last mile you must trod”
    I’ll fall asleep and wake in God’s sweet heaven
    For I’m sheltered in the arms of God.

    May God’s amazing grace and love bless and comfort you in these days!

    Love, Dayna

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  10. I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Alison’s passing. She was indeed a woman with a very big heart. I remember the times that she consoled me after the death of my father. She was so gentle and understanding. My heartfelt sympathies go out to you Susan, Jim and Norbert and your children. Your mother will always be with you in Spirit. Please be assured of my prayers for you all.

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  11. Tony & Debbie Gosse :

    We are very saddened to hear of Allison’s passing. Please know you are all in our prayers. I will always remember how Allison welcomed a young girl into her circle of friends, and embraced me into her church fellowship when I came to Calary from New Brunswick. She was a very friendly and loving woman, and I know her children will miss her greatly. Another angel has gone home for sure.

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  12. Deb and Ben Lowell :

    Sue, your mom was such a special lady. Please know that we are thinking of and praying for you and your family.

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  13. Kyle & Tacy Elliot :

    Jim, Natasha & Grace;
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this diffiuclt time..

    Kyle, Tracy & Jacob

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  14. Majors Reg & Betty Pell :

    We are saddened to hear of Allison’s Promotion to Glory. It doesn’t seem possible that it is 38 years since we first met Allison when we were appointed to Hillhurst Corps in Calgary. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and we pray that you will feel the strength of the Holy Spirit undergirding you during these days.

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  15. Captain Sherri Williams, Major Wayne Williams :

    Jim, Tash, Grace and family,

    Please be assured of our prayers today as you celebrate your mom’s life, remember all those special moments you had with her and hold on to ‘her love for you and your love for her’ in the days to come. Keep well and remember that friends are holding you up in prayer and that God is always with you.

    Blessings.

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  16. I am very sadden by the lost of a dear friend in Allison. She was a wonderful, kind and gentle soul. I will always remember our times together at Ladies Camp when she always wanted me to “do her hair”. Her love for God was evident in her heart for others. Allison, you will be missed. To her family, may the presence of God surrounded you in your time of sorry.

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  17. I was so sorry to hear of Allison’s passing. She certainly impacted many, many people during her life and that will be missed. All of us whose life she touched will remember her with fondness, love and laughter. To her family, thank you for sharing her with us.

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