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CUNNINGHAM – Norma June (nee Woolston)

June 1, 1925 – March 8, 2010

Norma, Bill’s wife of sixty-one years, Jan and Lori’s mom, Gary and Jim’s mother-in-law, Beth, Kristin and Billy’s Nana, Drew and Matt’s Nana in law and Emery and Keegan’s Great Nana, was an amazing woman. Her love of family was evident in everything she did. She loved us all so very much and we are all so sad to lose her. Norma passed away on March 8th in the early morning hours while she slept.

Norma was a kind, generous, women that lived her entire life in Calgary. She loved Calgary and was one of our cities best volunteers. She was active in several Home and Schools, the YWCA, the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, the Canadian Women’s Club, Calgary Oil Wives, the Calgary Activettes the Highwood Golf Course, the Calgary Seniors Resource center and others that I am sure we have forgotten. In 1996, she was nominated for the YWCAs Women of Distinction award. This was a fitting nomination for Norma as she worked many years for the YWCA and was very involved in the capital campaign to build its current location on 5th Ave. Norma, was an active member of the Creative Living Committee for the Calgary Stampede and worked hard to make Floriad an amazing display for all those that attended the Stampede. She was President of the Canadian Women’s Club and was proud to carry on that tradition set by her mom Addie Woolston. As well, for a time, she was President of Women’s golf at the Highwood Golf Course in High River where her and Bill spent many happy days golfing.

Norma was so proud of her newest family members, her Great Grand children. She loved nothing better than to spend time with her family and have all of us around her. In her last days when she was not always awake, she loved it the best when we were all together with her. We were simply, her joy. Norma loved life and when she heard that Jan and Gary were heading out to the Olympics, she was finding ways to join them. That was Norma, always game for anything and always life’s greatest supporter.

We will miss her so much but celebrate a life well lived each and every day. Her friends were like gold to her and she nurtured them in such a special way. All of us are richer today because we were part of Norma’s life. Thank you to her many friends that visited her over the last year. She loved your visits and felt special because of you. Thank you to the staff at the Glenmore Beverly Center for your kindness and care. Heaven has a new person to love and if we know Norma she arrived with great fanfare ready to get everything organized. We love you mom, we will miss you forever and always.

A Celebration of Norma’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers we ask that you consider a donation in Norma’s name to Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI) 3412 Spruce Drive S.W. Calgary, Alberta, Canada T3C 3A4 403-242-7116 (phone) http://www.arbi.ca

In living memory of Norma Cunningham, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Francois Montandon :

    My thoughts are with you, dear Bill, during these days of separation and reflection. I will keep smiling memories of your dear Norma.

    With my deepest sympathy, Bill.
    Francois

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  2. Fred J Chivers :

    Our sincere sympathy & condolences to you Bill and your family. If you’re ever out Radium way drop in, we would be glad to see you. Fred & Florence Chivers

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  3. Stacey & Keith Porter :

    Bill, Jan and Lori and extended family. Our deepest condolences to you all.

    Bill – you and Norma made us feel like family when we were there and our fondest memories are of sitting around your living room listening to your stories. Norma’s laugh was so contagious. May you find comfort in the laughter, love and memories you both shared for over 60 years.

    Love Keith and Stacey

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  4. I’m so sorry to hear of Norma’s passing. She was a wonderful friend of my sister (Isabel Dumas) and we felt she was a part of the family.

    We went back many, many years and have a lot of fond memories.

    Marg Gerke

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  5. Len Thompson :

    To Bill & Family
    My thoughts are with you at this time.
    Len Thompson

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  6. Ken & Helen Beckie :

    Our sincere condolences to you Bill and family.
    love from fellow H’Bogger,
    Ken Beckie

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  7. Barbara and Ken King :

    Dear Bill and family,

    It is with sadness that we learn of Norma’s passing. We knew her through our association with Lela and met her with you many times. She was a wonderful person and I found out so much more about all she had done in her obituary.

    Our thoughts are with your family at this time.

    Barbara, Ken, Ken (jr.) and Karin King

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  8. John Nesbitt :

    Bill, I am saddened to hear of Norma’s passing, as are all of us who had the opportunity to work with you and enjoy yours and Norma’s wonderful company. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    John Nesbitt

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  9. Sarah Stachiw :

    Lori,
    My thoughts are with you and your family at this time

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  10. Denise Cumming :

    Bill, Jan, Lori and Family,
    Norma touched my life many years ago when we arrived in Calgary. Bill worked at BP with my Dad, Vince Vianello. Norma generously hosted a wedding shower, baby shower and going away party for me. She also put me in touch with Jan when I found out I was having twins. What a beautiful, elegant and gracious lady Norma was. Her kindess will not be forgotten. I am truly sorry for your loss.

    Denise Cumming, London, England

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  11. Marilyn Glerum :

    To Bill, Jan & Lori, my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Norma. I have many fond memories of her when she was one of my more jovial and cooperative Guiding Mothers. I feel privileged to have had her as a friend during my younger years and she was a role model in many ways. May your memories of her be your strength at this time.

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  12. Bill Message :

    Uncle Bill, Jan, and Lori:

    I am so sorry to hear of Auntie Norma’s passing. She will be missed by very many people! I have good memories of some fun times shared over the years.

    Our thoughts and our prayers are with you all in these hard days.

    Bill & Bianca Message, Victoria

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  13. Colleen Murphy (Message) :

    Bill, Jan & Lori and families,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Let your many memories and happy days be your focus.

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  14. Roxanne (Peters) McKendry :

    Hello Lori and Jan

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, I know how much she meant to you and the entire family. Your mom was an amazing woman… kind, compassionate and caring. She was a gentle spirit and I will remember her with great fondness and warmth.

    My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

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  15. Stan and Gail Bold and family :

    Jan & Gary, Beth, Kristin & Billy, and their Papa,
    We mourn with you in the passing of your beloved Nana. We understand your sadness. May God’s peace and strength rule in your hearts.

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  16. Emma and Ron Hall :

    Hello Bill, Jan and Lori – Norma was Mum’s oldest and best friend and with her passing a beautiful link to Mum is extinquished. We had such a good time with her in Victoria two years ago. Our thoughts are with you all today and every day. Love, Emma and Ron Hall

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  17. Noreen Lyall (Moore) :

    I just learned of your mom’s death. I know that our mother’s were friends for years before
    we met in Young Canadians, so I considered our association in YC’s as special. It is so
    difficult when a family member dies and you hurt so much because you cannot share time
    and space any longer on this earth. Even when someone is ill and struggling to get well
    the finality of death is enormous. Your mom was always very nice to me and I just want
    you to know that I’m glad you had such a wonderful relationship. Thankfully you have beautiful
    memories to hold dear to your heart. I am writing this because I want you to know she touched
    our YC’s lives with her kindness and mothering qualities.

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  18. Patty halpen hegan :

    Bill, Jan, Lori and family.
    Please accept my sincere condolences and deepest sympathy. Norma had a zest for life and she was always lots of fun . I have many fond memories of spending time with Norma at Stampede functions and Flames games. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal but love leaves a memory no one can steal.{ An Irish quote.}Fondly Patty

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  19. Stephanie Moorhouse nee Woolston of Norfolk England :

    Bill, Janice and Lori.
    So sad to read of the passing of Norma, please accept my sincere condolences and sympathy . In case you wonder who I am Norma’s father Reginald was my grandfather Charles’s brother. Would love to get in touch. Once again my deepest sympathies to you and all your families. Love to all. Stephanie.

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