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Elsie WHYTOCK

1915–2013

Elsie Whytock quietly drew a last breath on Monday, October 28, 2013, having lived a full and rewarding life. Friends and family attest, “she made a difference”.

A spirited 98 year old, she lived every day to its fullest, epitomizing “if there is a will, there is a way”. A vibrant senior, in the past month, she danced at her granddaughters wedding in Nova Scotia; and was present, only a week ago, at the 30th AGM of the Seniors Club of Lake Bonavista Family Leisure Centre (Trico Centre), of which she was a founding director.

Elsie believed that a life well lived is counted “not in how many breathes you take …. but, in how many life experiences take your breath away.” She was a world traveller, exploring Asia, Europe, the Caribbean , Latin America, Canada and the United States. Only a few years ago she was trekking the ruins of Ephesus Turkey, exploring the Greek Isles and bartering in the Plaka of Athens

Philadelphia, USA was proudly her birthplace. As a young student she was singled out with an American Legion award for her “courage, character, service, companionship, and scholarship” … an assessment her family feel is applicable to her life as a whole.

Elsie made many friends in southeast Calgary at the leisure centre, the seniors centre and Lake Bonavista Retirement Village. Outings to William Watson Lodge and touring the Alberta countryside were sources of fond memories. Golf was a passion – perhaps more than a skill … with friends she wandered the fairways of Maple Ridge.

Elsie was a friend and the best of mothers to Kim (Cheryl) and Bill (Dana). Her values and lifestyle are in our genes. Grandmother to Christopher (Krissy), Jennifer (Greg), Hannah, and Lauren, Elsie was a source of pride and inspiration to all.

Elsie was predeceased by Jack, her partner through over sixties years of family life and great times with their many friends and neighbours in Willow Park.

Over the past year, she visited with many of her closest friends, for whom she cared a great deal … this announcement of her passing will hopefully recall a moment you shared during her life.

At Elsie’s request a private gathering will celebrate her life. To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit McInnis & Holloway Funeral Home, www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

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  1. Peter and Leanne Everett :

    With this message Leanne and I wish to express our deepest condolences to the Whytock families on the passing of Elsie.
    To Kim and my sister, Kim’s wife Cheryl, please know our thoughts are with you. We too relish in the rich memories of Elsie, particularly those of the recent wedding in Nova Scotia.
    Our very best to you in this trying time.
    I wish also to add the condolences to the family of Donalda Everett, a contemporary of Elsie’s and mother of Cheryl.
    Peter and Leanne

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  2. Carrie, Max, and I just wanted to say how sorry we are to hear about the passing of Elsie. We know how special of a lady she was!
    Our thoughts are with you Kim, Bill, Dana, Hannah, and Lauren.
    The Grajczyk’s

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  3. Vicki and Richard Babcock :

    Bill and Family,

    It was with great sadness that Rick and I read of Elsie’s passing.

    We had the pleasure of dining with your mother and you at the recent 30th AGM dinner of the FLC Seniors Club which Elsie was a founding director. Her sparkle, enthusiasm and stories were evident throughout the night. Elsie will be deeply missed by her family and community of friends.

    Sincerely,
    Rick and Vicki Babcock

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  4. Ed & Emilie Zentner :

    We wish to extend our condolences to Bill, Kim and their families.
    Elsie and Jack were great neighbours.

    Sincerely
    Ed and Emilie Zentner

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  5. Greg and Lorna :

    Kim, Cheryl and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. While we had not met her in person, your stories and dedication to her showed us how important she was to you and what an impressive woman she was. Our thoughts are with you all.
    Greg and Lorna

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  6. Gail Fitzmartyn :

    Kim, Cheryl and family

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I remember you speaking of her and how vibrant and full of life she was. I hope that the pain of losing her will over time be replaced with the great memories. My deepest condolences and prayers are with you all.

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  7. To Bill and Kim and your families: you are all are in my thoughts as I know firsthand that it makes a large hole in our lives no matter what age Mom is when she passes away. I hope the family service was just what she wanted and feel sure she was proud of the fine folks that she left to carry on.

    DR

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