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COOMBE, Pauline (nee Coulson)

May 3, 1918 – Ohio, USA
September 28, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Pauline passed away peacefully at 95 years, survived by her son Dennis and his wife Janet, her daughter Deborah, grandchildren; Michelle and Roland and her step-grandchildren Danitsa, Ezequiel and Gabriel. Polly (or Corky) was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Edwin, and her two beloved brothers, Allen and Ray.

She enjoyed every aspect of life and was truly a person loved by all. She grew up during the depression years but spent many happy years on the farm in Saskatchewan with the large Elliott clan. Thereafter, a major event in her life was joining the CWCA during the Second World War where she spent time in London during the Blitz. She always said this experience made her the determined and independent person she was. After the war she married Ed and had two children, and passed on her love of music to them. She and Ed were long supporters of the Calgary Philharmonic and the Calgary Opera, but she equally enjoyed playing music herself. She spent many quiet hours alone playing her ukulele, banjo, guitar and organ, just for the pleasure it gave her. After working at Heads Lock & Key for many years, she also got great satisfaction volunteering at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Golf was another passion, with her spending years playing several times a week with friends and interacting with staff at the Canyon Meadows Golf Course. She was also a loyal CFL football fan, having season’s tickets for the Stampeder football team, although her loyalty was stretched when the Saskatchewan Roughriders came to town. Even after Ed’s passing, she spent many years keeping busy around her home and getting joy from her neighbors (and their dogs!). Her last years were happily spent in the community of Garrison Green Seniors Residence, where she made a whole new set of friends with residents and staff. As her health deteriorated, she was lovingly cared for by Homecare staff.

Funeral Services to be held at St. Mark and St. Philip Anglican Church (1802 – 33rd Avenue S.W.) on Wednesday October 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

If friends of family so desire donations may be made to Hospice Calgary Society in lieu of flowers. 1245 70 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2X8. Telephone: 403-263-4525

In living memory of Pauline Coombe, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Lucia and Bill Laidlaw :

    Our condolences Dennis, She will miss the Stampeders winning the Grey Cup!
    But a pretty good life from all reports!

    Bill & Lucia

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  2. Lucia and Bill Laidlaw :

    Lucia and Bill Laidlaw
    October 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Our condolences Dennis, She will miss the Stampeders winning the Grey Cup!
    But a pretty good life from all reports!

    Bill & Lucia

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  3. Our deepest sympathy from the members of Scarboro United Church.
    Pauline spent time in our congregation in recent years and shared the love of music with us as well as contributing to our congregational life and supporting our activities.
    May God bless your family and may all your fond memories of Pauline comfort you at this time of loss.
    From Diana Reece on behalf of the Pastoral Care Committee of Scarboro United Church

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  4. Dianne McDermid :

    Dennis and Deborah, I work at Garrison Green and have had the honor of knowing your mom since she moved in. I thoroughly enjoyed her wry sense of humour and her incredible determination. I will miss her presence there as, to me, she was part of the history of the building. My thoughts are with you and your families at this time.

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  5. Dr. Ralph & Sheila Gurevitch :

    A note to tell you that I knew Polly from ACH as she was a volunteer & so was I. We used to see each other occasionally & she was full of life & always happy. I did not know that she was a member of Canyon because so was I.
    She passed away on my birthday & I do have pleasant thoughts of Polly. Hopefully your fond memories will help you through this difficult time.
    Sheila Gurevitch

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  6. Dear Dennis & Deborah,
    Clova and I were writing our Xmas cards and decided that we should call your mother. We were sad to learn of her death in Sept. I was her godson and Clova and I had visited her in Calgary a few times over the last 40 years. The first occasion was in 1971, our 1st year in Canada; we stayed with your mother and father and went to the stampede! Our family connection goes back to the 2nd World War, when your mother was my father’s “batman” – a military term for the role of secretary/assistant. He was very impressed by your mother’s efficiency and was very fond of her – deciding that she would be an ideal godmother for me. She certainly was an attentive godmother never missing a birthday or other celebration in my life.
    We were sorry to hear that she has gone but know that she and Ed lived a full active lives.
    with love John and Clova Anderson

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