March 24, 1946 – December 29, 2011
Wanda Derwee passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 29th, 2011 surrounded by her loved ones. She is survived by her dedicated, loving husband of 47 years, Frank, her daughters Cynthia (Rob), Christina (Shane), her grandchildren, Justin, Lily and Jade, her sister, Wendy Norbeck and her sister-in-law Joyce Derwee. Predeceased by loving parents, Wesley Luey (1991) and Mildred Luey (2010).
Wanda was born on March 24th, 1946 in Vancouver, BC. She spent her younger childhood in Vancouver and then in Chatham, ON with her parents owning a grocery store. In 1957 Wanda and her family moved to Calgary to start up a family business of drycleaner locations. Wanda worked at the Westinghouse company, Alberta Gas Trunkline Corp. and moved onto become a commercial real estate agent later in her career. She met and kept many good friends throughout her career.
Wanda has volunteered in many areas such as brownie leader, quilting teacher, and golf organizer. Member of the Silver Springs Golf Club since 1976, Wanda served in an executive position in the ladies section and volunteered her time to a sport she truly loved. During the winter months, Wanda organized a group of ladies at the Silver Springs Golf Club (named stitch & bitch) to make quilts, mitts, hats and blankets to donate to charities such as CUPS, Mustard Seed, The Deane House, etc over the years. A devoted quilter, Wanda worked and taught at the Freckles Quilt Shop for over ten years. Wanda’s family and friends have many of her beautifully made quilting projects to treasure for generations.
Thank you so very much to Mrs. Jane Rivest and staff at the ALS society of Alberta, Dr. Vanda Phillips, Dr. Murphy, Dr. Field, Dr. Geremia and the staff at unit 61 of the Foothills Hospital for making Wanda’s last days of fighting ALS as comfortable and peaceful as possible. Wanda’s family requests that if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the A.L.S. Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Suite 250, 4723 – 1 Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2G 4Y8, www.alsab.ca .
It was Wanda’s wish that there be no funeral services. In place of a funeral there will be a Celebration of Life gathering at the Silver Springs Golf Club (1600 Varsity Estates Drive N.W.) on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at 11:00 am. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Wanda Derwee, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences