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DOWNEY – Evelyn (Lynn) Margaret (nee Duncan)

July 21, 1929 – January 21, 2011

Evelyn (Lynn) Downey of Calgary passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, January 21, 2011 at the age of 81 years.

Lynn was the proud mother of three children: Katherine (Jim) Heisler of Kelowna, BC, Patti (Ken) Gordon of Calgary, AB and John (Carolyn) of Kelowna, BC. Her eight grandchildren were the pride of her life, Megan (Matt), Beth, Mark (Clair), Todd, Paige (Leeland), Jennifer (Kevin), Luke and Duncan. She is also remembered and survived by her sister May (Fred) Jessee; brothers, Jim (Sharon) Duncan, Ian (Stella) Duncan and Robert (Elsie) Duncan; as well as by brothers-in-law, Bob (Chris) Downey and Ferg (Donna) Downey. Lynn was predeceased by her beloved husband of fifty-four years James Devereaux Downey in 2005.

Lynn was born in Drumheller, AB. Lynn’s family lovingly remember the wonderful summers at Gull Lake, her passion for golf as a member of the Earl Grey Golf Club, her love of music and devotion to family and friends.

“We miss you”

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com. The family would like to thank the staff of the Beverly Care Centre Lake Midnapore, and her long time caregivers Mavis and Andrea.

In living memory of Lynn Downey, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. I am sorry to hear off your loss my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time, I work night shift on Chapparal for the last year, although Lynn was usually asleep I did have the pleasure of working with her in the mornings, she was a lovley lady and will be missed by all those who knew her.

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  2. Kerry J Toole :

    I would like to take this opportunity to offer my condolences on behalf of my Mother Patricia; Father PJ and our family during this time of sorrow and reflection on the life of Evelyn. We will offer our prayers for the family and for her sister May Jessie whom we love dearly. Kerry J Toole

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  3. Sorrow is how I feel when I heard of Lynn’s death. She had a very loving,caring and supportive family who ensured that she was receiving the best care during the last years of her life at The Beverly Centre. I am honored that you chose our staff to care for her. Your committment was very evident and is an example to all families. My prayers are with your family during this very difficult time.

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  4. Joan, Denise, Lyndon, and Paula :

    On behalf of the Parakin family, we wish to express our deepest condolences. We have been blessed to have Lynn and her family as neighbours at the lake for more than four decades. We will always remember Lynn’s remarkably welcoming and exceptionally warm disposition. We will miss her – and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  5. Kay Isaac & Ron McKay :

    Ron and I send our heartfelt sympathy and want you to know that our hearts and thoughts are with you today. We wish you comfort in the knowledge that your beloved Mother has rejoined your Father and is at peace at last. You will miss her, as will all who knew her.

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  6. Pierre DesRoches :

    John, Patti, Katherine and families, Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to you all during this time. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.
    Pierre, Renee and Sara DesRoches

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  7. Nancyanne Gerdes and Evelyn Suter :

    To Katherine, Patti, and John and families, our thoughts and prayers are with you all today even if we can’t be. But sending you Hugs, encouragement and the sharing of loving thoughts knowing Lynn.

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  8. Teresa (Devereaux) Hickey :

    Katherine, Patti, John & families
    My sincere sympathy to everyone on the death of Lynn. Years have gone by, but I remember our summer visits to the city of Kitchener at 86 Bradley Dr and your family visits to the farm in Seaforth.
    It has been years but memories are good!

    Regards
    Teresa

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  9. Hartmut & Ineke Ruhnke :

    Dear May, Fred and family; our sincere condolences. May the happy memories always remain to reflect on. Take good care of each other. Hartmut & Ineke

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  10. Fergus, Ruth Anne Devereaux and Family :

    I have a vivid recollection of my last visit with Lynn and our attending Holy Mass and then a wonderful supper. The years and distance have separated us but you remain in our prayers. May our Father’s love and consolation be with you at this time of loss.

    Oremus pro invicem,

    Fergus

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  11. The Devereaux's :

    Dear Katherine, Patti and John,
    We have fond memories of your mother and father visiting and sharing our family gatherings at the farm. When your Great Aunt Pat called to tell us your mother had passed away we were deeply saddened. Please know that she will be in our prayers and masses will be offered for the repose of her soul. May she be sharing in God’s eternal happiness with your father and all her loved ones. We think of all of you often and hope that our paths will cross in the near future. The years have flown since you lived in Kitchener and would visit on Sundays. We had wonderful times! Love and prayers from the Devereaux’s – Florence, Teresa, Bill, Mike, Eleanor, Joan, Fergus and Father Joseph.

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  12. Paul Van Ginkel :

    Dear John, Patti, Katherine and family. It is with a heavy heart that I extend my (our) sincere condolences for the passing of your wonderful mother. John, after we became buddies in 8th grade your mom became an important person in my life as she was like a mom to me. She was always so kind and supportive and a truly beautiful and classy lady. It was clear she loved you all very much and those memories will stay with you forever. Thinking of you all.
    Paul (Kristin & Isabella)

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