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COLLIER – Elizabeth Jean (nee Huston)

June 5, 1928 – November 3, 2009

“Betty” Collier (Elizabeth Jean), of Crossfield, passed away on Tuesday, November 3 with her family at her side following a lengthy, courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Betty is survived by her loving husband Bob, of 25 years and her four children: daughter Mary Lou Cuming (David) of Crossfield, grandson Jamie (Tracey), great-granddaughter Brooke; daughter Donna McKay (Daryl) of Edmonton, grandchildren Chelsea, Marissa and Travis; son Steve Stevens (Debbie) of Airdrie, granddaughters Holly and Kaitlin; and son Dan Stevens (Tammy), granddaughters Amy, Kara Rabel (Paul) and Lisa. Betty also leaves behind three sisters: Marge Fox and Alice Wood of Crossfield, and Mickey Huston of Victoria, as well as sisters-in-law, Patricia Bills Nelson of Phoenix and Mary Stevens of Calgary, and brother-in-law Stan Collier of Castor and a host of nieces, nephews and close friends. Born in 1928 in Drumheller, Betty was the third of five daughters born to Miller and Janey Huston. Miller’s job with the United Grain Growers brought the family to Crossfield in 1938. Betty completed her Grade 12 then worked for CIBC. She married Donnie Stevens in 1948 and became a conscientious mother and homemaker. In 1979, Betty met Bob Collier square dancing. Betty and Bob joined several types of dance groups and took part in numerous fly-in breakfasts. On November 4, 1984, Betty and Bob were married. They spent their farming months in Castor, their winters in Crossfield and their leisure time doing extensive traveling. Later, they joined the Pioneer chapter of the Good Sam’s R.V. Club and enjoyed several seasons camping throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service to commemorate Betty’s life at the Crossfield Community Centre on Sunday, November 8 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Rita Cattell of the Balzac United Church officiating. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, 201 – 222 58 Ave SW Calgary, AB T2H 2S3 or to Memory Lane, c/o Bethany Care Foundation, 1001 17 St NW Calgary, AB T2N 2E5. Betty’s family would like to thank the wonderful, caring and competent staff of Memory Lane at the Bethany Care Centre. It was Betty’s lifelong wish that her body be donated to science. In living memory of Betty Collier, a tree will be planted at Fletcher Park, Airdrie by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE. Telephone: (403) 948-1100.

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  1. Bruce & Sharon McKay :

    We were saddened to hear of the passing of Betty. May your many fond memories of her and all of her accomplishments help you through these difficult times. Our thoughts are with you all.

    Bruce & Sharon McKay & family

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  2. Gerry & Dolores Metzinger :

    We send our deepest sympathy

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  3. Glenn & Marvie Kenny :

    You are in our Hearts and our Prayers, Bob

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  4. (Rev) Barbara Zimmerman :

    Please know that you are in my prayers, and the prayers of all the congregation at Knox United, in this time of memories and letting go. Peace be with you.

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  5. Douglas & Norma Hilton :

    Bob, Please accept our condolences on your loss of Betty. We at Flying Farmers did enjoy her friendship so much and also our personal association with you and Betty.

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  6. John and Sharon Hiebert :

    Dear MaryLou, David and family,
    We were saddened to read the news of the passing of your dearly beloved Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. In the days ahead, may you find some small comfort in your many happy memories.

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  7. Doris & Roger Haynes :

    We were so sorry to hear that Betty had passed away. We were unable to attend her Memorial Service today but Bob, you’re in our thoughts & prayers. Condolences also to Betty’s family. With deepest sympathy,
    Doris & Roger Haynes

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  8. Sonya & Joe Piaskoski :

    Even though we knew it was coming, the news of Betty’s passing was devastating. Sonya and I are grieving with you.
    Betty was one the nicest women we ever knew. She always greeted us with a beautiful smile and a hug.
    Some people come into our lives and leave us with sweet memories
    — Betty was one of them. She will live on in the hearts of everyone
    who loved her.

    Love ……… Sonya and Joe

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  9. Frank Hickey and Family (Concord Mortgage Group Ltd.) :

    Hi Dave and Mary Lou,

    It has been many years since our last visit, however your many community contributions made you a memorable team. Mary Lou, we regret to learn of your mother’s recent passing.It is never easy to say goodbye to a loved one but when it’s your mother it is even more challenging.

    We extend to you Dave, and your entire family, our greatest condolences. In the event that we can be of any value to you, please feel welcome to call. 403-290-1990

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