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ENGBLOOM, Mary Elizabeth (Betty)

December 20, 1920 – March 2, 2015

On March 2, 2015, Betty passed away peacefully with members of her family at her side.

Betty was generous, energetic and spirited as well as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. Betty was born in Calgary, the eldest daughter of Marsh and Lillian Porter. She was a proud, strong and independent Westerner. She attended schools in Calgary, The Banff Mountain School and the University of Alberta before moving to Toronto where she trained for 3 years at The Toronto General Hospital, proudly becoming a Registered Nurse. Following graduation she joined the Royal Canadian Navy and was posted to Halifax during the war. While in Halifax she reunited with Gus, who she first met at the University of Alberta and who was also with the Navy. He became her dearly loved husband and soul mate.

Following the war Betty and Gus returned to Calgary, married, raised their family and lead an active, fun-filled life with family and friends. Betty enjoyed the outdoors, her precious dogs, her time in the mountains while at school in Banff, riding at the family ranch south of Calgary in her early years and during her many years at Sylvan Lake. Betty dearly loved her family. We all feel very blessed to have been in her life. Her eyes shone with life and laughter. We will miss her greatly and cherish our memories of her always.

Those who will fondly remember her include her sons and daughters-in-law, Gordon and Lesley Engbloom and Robert and Nancy Engbloom, her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Liam Christie, her grandchildren and spouses Kristin and Kevin Long, John and Hallie Engbloom, Jeff Christie, Ashley Engbloom, Kaisa and Dan Ouellette, and Kelsey Engbloom, her great-grandchildren, Kylie, Hannah and Nathan and those in her extended family as well. A heartfelt thank you to the wonderful staff with Staywell Manor and Nurse Next Door who so lovingly cared for Betty. A private celebration of life will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Betty Engbloom, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. My condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one, Mary. May your fine shared memories and the resurrection hope Jesus spoke of at John 5:28, 29 be a source of comfort to you.

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  2. Tom and Cindy Melling :

    We are sorry to hear about Betty’s passing but what a great life she had. She and Gus were so wonderful to all of the Mellings and we will always remember them. You are all in our thoughts at this time.
    Tom and Cindy

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  3. Sarah,Sharon & Kevin McCarthy :

    Your family was blessed to have such a fine person for so long in your family.
    God Bless.

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  4. Victoria Linsangan :

    Please accept my deepest condolenses for your family.
    “I will surely miss you Betty”
    God Bless -Victoria

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  5. Heather Goodman Peirce :

    To all the Engblooms,
    Our family is deeply saddened by the passing of your Mom/Grandma. She was a strong and endearing neighbour on 8A Street, where we lived. You are in our hearts, we are all thinking of you at this time.
    Bob, Heather, Casey, Ben Peirce,
    Darcy and Christian Wells

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  6. Chrysten Perry :

    Bob, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We’re thinking of you and Nancy and the grandkids at this sad time.
    Sincerely, Chrysten Perry and Chris Bennett

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  7. Ann Gregg (nee Purdy) :

    To all the Engblooms,

    Your Mother was such a lovely person, I will remember her fondly.

    Sincerely,
    Ann

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  8. Fred and Heather Gallagher :

    To all of the Engbloom Family;

    We were saddened to hear of Betty’s death. She was indeed a wonderfully bright light in all the lives around her! She lived a long and full life surrounded by a great and loving family.

    We hope the positive memories of her give you strength when you feel that inevitable void.

    Fred and Heather Gallagher

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  9. Ardith Seeley :

    Gordon and Lesley, I’m so sorry to learn of the loss of your beautiful Mother. What a blessing to have had her with you for such a long time. My thoughts and prayers are with you for comfort and peace at this time.
    Ardith Seeley

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