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DINNING – Joey

1918 – 2011

Joey Dinning went home to be with the love of her life—her Jackson—when she died in Calgary on February 10. She’ll be remembered by family and friends as a modern, elegant and dignified woman. Loving and strong-willed. Fun-creating and admirably self-disciplined. Independent and always attired like she’d just stepped off the pages of Vogue. She loved her RCAF Flight Lieutenant husband Jack, just as he was devoted to her. She doted on her parents Sherman and Bessie Smith and revered her sister Betty de Winton. She had infinite pride and devotion for her three “boys”, Bob, John and Jim, along with a deep affection for her daughters-in-law, Kathryn Dinning and Evelyn Main. She adored her 13 grandchildren and two nieces and her nephew–all of them her “darlings”. She also leaves behind seven great-grandchildren (who’ll grow up hearing stories of their Granny Jo) and her sister-in-law Dorothy Field of Vancouver. Memories include early days in Melville, SK, Edson, AB and Calgary; St Hilda’s School for Girls; University of Alberta and her Delta Gamma days; Joliet Ave with one year old Bob, awaiting news of Jack’s fate after being shot down and then imprisoned as a POW in Stalag Luft 3; life in Edmonton’s Glenora community; forty-three years at 240 in Elbow Park; the Samaritan Club; her Jolly Jumper franchise and auditioning babies to find her ‘best jumpers’ for Britannia’s Betty and Bobby Shop window; the Glencoe’s Batty Bowlers; “cheerios” at Kapasiwin Beach, on the deck at Premier Lake or after golf at the Country Club (cheerios anywhere for that matter); her ‘own pew’ at Christ Church and polishing the brass at Altar Guild; Granny Jo’s chocolate chip cookies, special sandwiches and playing solitaire. Joey was blessed with so many good friends who shared her zest for life. She was an inspiration to women as she fought radical cancer in the late 1960’s–and she won the battle. Her last years found her in the loving care of the nurses and staff of the Fountains of Mission and Beverly Centre Glenmore. Her family thanks them all for their generous support. When the grass is green again, a private family service will be followed by a gathering for ‘cheerios’ and sharing of memories with family and dear friends. Donations in Joey’s honour to the charity of the donor’s choice would be most welcome. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Joey Dinning, 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. Sorry to hear of your loss, Joey was a great lady.

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  2. Dear Evelyn & Jim:

    I was saddened to learn of your Mom’s passing Jim. I work with your wonderful wife who I fondly refer to as Little Evvy. It’s a tremendous loss when our moms pass away. I find it comforting just knowing there are friends who care during these difficult times.

    Sincerely,
    Kerry

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  3. To the Dinning family,

    My thoughts are with you at this time.
    Hugs to all of you,
    Linda Shaw

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  4. Hi Jim,
    To you and your entire familiy, I pass along my sincere sympathy. Mothers are special to us all and I know you will feel the loss deeply. Treasure the memories! All the best.
    Bill Dobson

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  5. Danny and Norma Kinal, Edmonton :

    Jim and Evelyn: our thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your Mom, Joey. Reading the obituary one gets a sense of what a remarkable lady she was. She obviously approached life with a great deal of passion and compassion. As a retired teacher and principal of ECS I have always had a great deal of admiration for your work and life Jim, and share in your loss. Have not seen you since the last leadership race when Gene Zwoz had us sit with you at the Shumka Gala in Edmonton. May Joey be at peace and in the comfort of the Lord. God Bless.

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  6. Don and Joan Wilson :

    Your mother was always a favorite of ours. She was as beautiful inside as she was outside and always had such kind words about everyone. She will be greatly missed. XOX Donnie and Joan

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  7. With many thoughts and deepest sympathy to your family at this time.

    It was an honor and a priviledge to live across the street from Joey for a number of years. She was quite the lady who lived life to the fullest. We have such fond memories.

    Bob and Jane White

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  8. Mike & Merle Marples :

    Mike and I want to send our condolences to your family…the notice brought back so many fond memories of the good times we had with your Mom and Dad. Jack was Mike’s first boss with The Distillers Company but more than a boss he was a good friend and mentor who shared so many good stories and always led with a sense of fun and humor. The times we spent with your Mom and Dad were always so pleasant..one usually thinks of being in the company of “the boss” as intimidating..for Mike and myself..being with “the boss” and his lovely wife was just an evening of laughter and good company. Jack waited a long time for his Joey – but for him it would be well worth the wait..he adored her. I know you will have many many memories of a lady who was so kind with a wonderfully wicked sense of humor. God Bless. Mike & Merle

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  9. Mary Rozsa de Coquet :

    Jim and Evelyn

    The longer someone has been in your lives, the larger the loss. Condolences at this sad time, but joy for a life very well lived and now free and healthy.

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  10. Debby Hooke (Haggart) :

    Jim & family, So very sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I have fond memories of parties and chats with both your mom and dad as a young girl and teenager and no doubt you will share many of those memories. All the best to you and the Dinning family at this sad time.

    Debby Hooke (Haggart)

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  11. Gord & Bev Tallman :

    Jim & family,
    It is with great sadness that we write to you today after reading of your mother’s passing in this morning’s paper. We realize that few words can mitigate the pain and sadness of losing one’s mother but we wanted you to know that, like your many friends, we are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
    May your many memories help comfort you now and in the future.
    Sincere condolences,
    Gord & Bev Tallman

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  12. Jacqueline Dunckel Donoghue :

    Dear Dinning Family,
    When Judy Williams introduced me to Joey the night Jim threw his hat into the political ring I remember thinking, “This is a woman to be reckoned with.” How right I was.

    Your beautifully written obituary described her perfectly and is a lasting tribute to her.

    I will always remember Joey for her impeccable style, her classic page boy, the art of her dining room chairs, her crust-trimmed chicken salad sandwiches with almonds, her love of ‘prezzies’ and her proud devotion to her family.

    The two of us comprised a formidable ‘decorating committee’ at Devonshire House. There is nothing more political than a condominium board but with Joey’s charm and political savvy we managed to get the job done…with style!

    I missed her terribly when she moved from Devonshire House but I cherish the time we spent together. She was truly splendid.

    Jacqueline Dunckel Donoghue

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  13. Jim, Evelyn and family,

    As you already know, you’re in my thoughts. Our mothers were the same — dignified, well-dressed and full of laughter. So when I think of Mrs. Dinning, it is with a smile.

    Right now, your grief is deep and it will lessen with time, as you remember all the good times (too many to count!)

    With love and sympathy,

    Eleanor

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  14. Don and Nell Jacques :

    The Family of Joey Dinning :

    I only met Joey a few times but she left a lasting impression. What a beautiful, charming and vibrant lady.
    I hope the memories of the many wonderful times the family spent with Joey, help them through this difficult time.

    Interesting to note that I had a cousin (Cliff Thorpe) who was in Stalag Luft 3 the same time as Jack.

    God Bless Joey and The Family

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  15. Maxine Motherwell :

    Dear Dinning Family, I am so saddened to hear of your loss. Your Mom was such a classy lady and so full of life. No gathering/party was complete without her. She was always a favourite of my dear Mom’s friends. I can just imagine them whooping it up with their drinks wherever they are…I am thinking of you at this time and know you will be comforted by your many wonderful memories. Maxine

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  16. Jaymal & Rupa Ruparell :

    Jim, Evelyn and the Dinning family,

    We remember your mum in the fondest memories. Please accept our deepest condolences to the family and we pray for her soul to rest in peace.

    Jaymal & Rupa Ruparell

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  17. Steve Whittingham :

    Jim, it was with sadness I read of your mom’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family during this time.

    I remember the days in Elbow Park, the many hours spent at your house with your mom suggesting that we find things to do. Of course there was always painting the fence for, I think, a nickle a board!

    Your mom had high standards, but I always felt welcome. I still hear the sound of her voice calling for you!!!

    Take care.

    Steve

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  18. Doris & Tom Whittingham :

    To Bob, John and Jim

    We extend our deepest sympathies for the passing of your Mother.
    We had the pleasure of living next door to your Mum and Dad for a number of years. We enjoyed their presence tremendously. Your Mum is at peace now and with her beloved Jack.

    Doris & Tom Whittingham

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  19. Rob & Elizabeth Jennings :

    Bob, John and Jim,
    Please accept our deepest condolences — your mother was a wonderful warm person with a uniqueness all her own. I feel priviledged to have known her since first coming to Calgary 35 years ago. She had such a strong personality that brought so many people together. Our thoughts are with you and your families. Rob&Elizabth

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  20. I was so very sorry to hear of Joey’s passing. I quite adored her at the Fountains, and used to tease her that her lipstick always matched her outfits.
    She was a lovely lady, inside and out.
    Sincerely,
    Jan Jamieson

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  21. Russel Metals Inc. :

    Our thoughts are with you at this time. Please accept our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    Sincere condolences,
    Russel Metals Inc.

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  22. Rosemary Sargent and Gary Sargent :

    Bob and Jim and Ev: We are thinking of you now that the energy of Joey has left this world. I remember you introducing me to her, and noticing the warm force radiating from her smile. We hope your memories sustain you and bring you joy at this time. Love, Rosemary

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  23. Dennis and Doreen Erker :

    To Bob, Jim and family
    So sorry to read of your mother’s passing. No mater at what age or timing it is always difficult the loss of anyone so special.
    Although we never knew her, the obituary is complimentary and enlightening. She had to be a wonderful mother to get as much as she did from both of you! Seriously, her basic guidance through example would have contributed significantly to what you have achieved and and become in your own lives.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    Dennis and Doreen

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  24. Bob, John and Jim-
    My deepest sympathy to you and all your families.

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  25. Johnny Thorson :

    So sorry to learn of Mrs. Dinning’s passing. My musical trio performs at Fountains of Mission a couple of times a year and it was about three years ago that I last saw Mrs. Dinning at this facility and had a nice little visit with her.

    She was one of those very “special” ladies as were so many of her generation.

    Cecile and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to all members of the family.

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  26. Derek and Susie Erb :

    To Jim, Bob, John
    Was very sorry to read of your mother’s passing. Many years have passed since our Western Canada High days, but have always had fond memories of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Derek and Susie Erb

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  27. Don and Sandy Sprague :

    Hi Jim:
    Mike and Merle just arrived to stay with us in Phoenix and told us of the passing of your Mom. We have heard so many wonderful stories from the Marples and Funnels over the years about your Mom and Dad. I know she will be greatly missed by all.
    Our thoughts are with you all at this time.
    Take care.
    Don and Sandy Sprague

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  28. Bob, Jim and other family members:
    Shirley and I extend our sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. I have many memories of her strong and vibrant personality from our university and early Glencoe era. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of bereavement,
    Larry and Shirley Holloway

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  29. Margot and David Kitchen :

    We are so sorry for your loss. I know Joey and my aunt Willene were good friends and Joey was always so positive and a joy to be with. Jim, having both lost our mothers, David and I understand the void that is left. I truly believe that Joey is happy, surrounded by a love that we can’t possibly conceive of and on to the next exciting stage in her soul’s evolution – It’s just so difficult for those left behind. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. Affectionately, Margot and David

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  30. Don and Joan Gardener :

    To Jim and family
    Don and I had the pleasure of meeting Joey on many occasions together and we want to offer you all our deepest condolences.
    Personally, I feel a very deep sadness. She had a way of making everyone she met feel so special. She was indeed an elegant, loving lady with a true devotion to her family, proudly sharing her joy in your achievements.
    Although we lost contact, she has always been in our thoughts.
    Hopefully, her new found peace will be your comfort during these difficult times. Our thoughts are with you.
    Don, Joan and family

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  31. Carole and Greg Tomko :

    We extend our sympathy to the Dinning family on the passing of Joey. We remember the happy and fun times we had with her.

    Carole and Greg

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  32. Ron, Marilyn and Cameron Dinning :

    We were sorry to hear that Joey passed. She was such an interesting lady. I was glad to have called her (from the Calgary airport) just after she sold her home and moved. We had a great conversation and she remembered Ron, Bob and Barry (Ed and Marald’s sons). I’m not sure she remembered me, but she pretended she did.
    Marilyn Dinning (Victoria)

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  33. “A beautiful Lady who loved wearing red nail polish.” May she rest in peace. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  34. J.D. Bob and family. My condolences and my thoughts are with you at this time. Ray,RC.

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  35. Ellis Ripley Trafford :

    To the Dinning Family
    Our condolences to the family on the death of your mother. My mother ‘Rosie’ died on Nov.25 and she was very fond of Joey’ So many beautiful ladies have left us- I am sure they are causing quite a stir on the other side!
    Ellis Ripley Trafford and Geoff Trafford

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  36. Allister McPherson :

    Jim and family, sincere condolences and sympathy on the death of your Mother. I did not have the pleasure of meeting her, but she was clearly a very special person. We know these events are inevitable, but that doesn’t make it any easier when they happen, so our thoughts and prayers are with you. Allister

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  37. Margot McDermott :

    Dear Bob and Jim,

    I was saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was such a beautiful, elegant warm and loving person. You always felt special in her presence. We shared time together on Christ Church Altar Guild and in Las Vegas one year when your Father was so ill in the hospital.

    Wishing your family many happy memories.
    Margot

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  38. Hazel Gillespie :

    Jim: I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. What a wonderful life she lived, with a legacy of many great memories for the family to cherish. Thinking of you.

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  39. Rodney Anne Muir :

    Mrs Dinning would stand at the front door of her home and wave goodbye when Bob and our group would leave for University in Missoula. That is how far back Joey goes in my life. Many years passed and once again Joey became my neighbour in Rideau Towers – where she would wave to me to come in and share the news of the day, (and the occasional cheerio). Joey was always so elegant, charming and also very funny. She will be missed and remembered by so many and that is such a good tribute to such a wonderful person.

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  40. Allen and Wendy Mendelman :

    Bob, John, Jim and Families,We were saddened by the news of your mother’s-grandmother’s passing. Joey was a special lady in our lives and she will hold a place in our hearts forever. May you celebrate her life, as you mourn her loss and remember her love.

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  41. Dear Jim, Bob and John,

    I just heard of your Mom’s passing and am so sorry to hear that she is gone. She was a wonderful lady right to the end, always so kind, and bursting with pride about her boys and the rest of the family. She was also a dear friend to my mother, going back to the days in university, the years in Elbow Park, and then later sharing a table at the Fountains and meeting in the corridors of the Beverly. She shone with a lovely light and will be sorely missed.

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  42. Angela and Tim Freedman :

    Out of town and just heard about the loss of your Mother. Our condolences to you all…

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  43. The Samaritan Club of Calgary :

    The Dinning Family
    The members of the Samaritan Club were deeply saddened to learn of Joey’s passing. She joined our group in 1942 and became an Honorary Member in 2002. She was much valued, working hard so we could provide assistance to those Calgarians with need of help during a time of hardship.
    Our Deepest Condolences

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  44. It was sad to hear of your mum Joey passing. A mum and a centre of ones family gatherings sure will be sadly missed. Love to you all. Kim

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