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CLOW, Myrtle “Jean”

CLOW, Myrtle “Jean”
June 22, 1929 – Galahad, Alberta
January 11, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Jean Clow passed away peacefully at the Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary on Sunday, January 11, 2015.

Jean was born to Jennie and Tom Crawford on June 22, 1929 in Galahad, Alberta. She moved to Calgary with her family, later graduating from Crescent Heights High School. Jean then graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Calgary General Hospital in 1951 where she also worked. Jean was a member of Wild Rose United Church for seventy years. She sang in the choir, played the piano and taught Sunday School. She generously volunteered her time to the church serving on various committees, organizing Keenage group events as well as being a treasurer for the Woman’s Group. She was also found in the kitchen cooking and preparing food for different activities. Jean also canvassed for different organizations, volunteered for the National Film Board of Canada, volunteered in schools and at the Glenbow Museum as a docent. She loved and supported the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Opera and Theatre Calgary. Jean loved flowers, birds and gardening. She also enjoyed arts and crafts, reading, playing bridge, hiking and cross-country skiing in the mountains, but most of all, Jean loved her family.

Jean will be dearly missed by her children, Bill Clow, John (Lorette) Clow, Susan Clow (Elfner), and Allen Clow; grandchildren, Jennifer (Matt) Pyatt, Jeff (Janice) Clow, Steven (Heather) Clow, Emily Elfner and Alison Elfner; great-grandson Samuel Clow; step-grandchildren, Lucas (Heather) Suppin, Aaron (Danielle) Suppin and Hilori Suppin; step-great-grandchildren, Cashton Bieker and Maliki, Isaac, Rachelle, and Andrew Suppin. She is survived by her brother Bob (Margaret) Crawford; her sister Doris (Mike) Lanuke and their families. Jean was predeceased by her loving husband Jim Clow in 2006.

Memorial Services will be held at Wild Rose United Church (1317 – 1st Street N.W.) on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Jean’s honour 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 great thank you to the staffs at the Foothills Medical Centre, Rockyview General Hospital, South Campus Hospital and Extendicare Cedars Villa for their kind and compassionate care provided to Jean.

In living memory of Jean Clow, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Vicky Bandurk :

    Our deepest sympathy.

    TransAlta. Retires .

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  2. Bill, John, Susan, Allen and families I am so sorry for your loss . I will always remember Grandma Jean as a kind and caring lady and I have many great memories of good times together. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

    We can all take some solace in knowing she had a long and happy life, and that her suffering is over. I will make a donation to the H&S foundation in her honour. Paul E

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  3. To all Jean’s loved ones I send my sympathy and love. Jean was a classmate of mine in nursing and a dear friend right up until she was no longer corresponding . Jean and Jim visited us often in victoria when they came here on their yearly visits. Jean and I had our last visit in her apt. after our 55th anniversary dinner. A peach of a lady, a superb human being. A great role model for all who knew her.

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  4. My sympathy goes out to all the family. Jean was a classmate of mine at C.G.H.and a dear friend.

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  5. My deepest condolences to Susan, Bill, John and Allen and your families. Your mother was a very warm and lovely person for whom (with your dad) I have very fond memories. From the Church over many years and going back all the way to Sunday School classes in the 1960’s, where your mother and father set such a wonderful example for me of the spirit of giving and caring. My thoughts are with you.


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  6. Robert (Bob) Groves :

    Dear Bill, John and Susan,

    My most sincere condolences for your mother’s passing. Jean/Myrtle (we kidded her about her name as I recall) was the second best mother on the block after my own. She, like your Dad, honoured my parents, and I cannot do less for yours. Both were marvelous. Especially Jean, who fed and comforted the gangly kid from across the street so often during our teens.

    I thank her in particular for hosting me across and up the street when I was having fights with my brother and feeling less than a golden boy. I think she would know what I’m saying there. She was in my mind a safety valve. A place I could go when I was a kind looking for an outlet, despite the outlets she had already given you guys on a daily basis. I really loved Myrtle.

    All the best to you three, and I do hope that my absence from your mother’s funeral was not sensed as disinterest. I loved Jean as a second mother, and she was that and more.

    All the best,

    Bob Groves

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