Jacqueline Elaine Fetherston, beloved wife of Dan Portigal, of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at the age of 57 years.
Jacqueline was born and educated in Calgary, AB and started teaching with the Calgary Separate School Board, and was President and a member of the Alberta Teachers Association for many years. Even as a young teacher she inspired her students to seek out the best in their education opportunities and over the length of her career was referred to by them as “the best teacher I ever had”. Jacqueline was passionate about her commitment to education and to her fellow teachers. She was designated a Master Teacher by her peers. She was involved with both St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed running and participated in road racing. Jacqueline was very attached to her grandson and her dogs. She was a member of the P.C. party and past President with the Calgary Bow Constituency. Jacqueline’s family and friends will console themselves with the memory of her capacity for caring, her thoughtfulness, introspection, dry humour and startling generousity. She was devouted to Dan, who shared her love of teaching, her family, and her dogs, who gave her much delight.
Besides her loving husband Dan, Jacqueline is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law Danielle and Scott Shearer, Lori and Darren Jones, and Lisa and Drew Smith all of Calgary; and her grandson Cohen; two loving sisters Val Fetherston and family, of Victoria, BC and Joan Laundy and family, of San Diego, CA. She is also survived by her nieces Kimberly, Samantha, Sophia and Hannah and their families; and her nephews, Russell and Graham. She will be deeply missed by her aunt and uncle, Alex and Patty Skene, her uncle J.R. (Jack) Fetherston and her cousins all across Canada. Jacqueline was predeceased by her parents Bernice in 1989 and C.R. (Ted) Fetherston in 2000.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.) on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 – 19th Avenue N.W.) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 215 – 12 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 1A2 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email firstname.lastname@example.org or to The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455, www.calgaryhumane.ca.
In living memory of Jacqueline Fetherston, 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