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GARDNER, Sheila (nee Wishart)

June 21, 1926 – Glasgow, Scotland
March 30, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Sheila Gardner of Calgary, passed away in the amazing and caring community of Agape Hospice on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the age of 87 years.

This wee lassie was born in Glasgow, Scotland to Willie and Jane on June 21, 1926. She grew up in the area of Newton Mearns in the loving Wishart family, along with Muriel, Crawford and Jean. Mum served as a WRN for the British forces. Sheila immigrated to Canada with her family in 1947. She settled in Calgary and met Ted Gardner in 1951 at the Bowness Golf course. They were engaged six weeks later and were married in 1952.

Mum and Dad lived in Red Deer, Edmonton and then again in Calgary. They raised Barry and I in a wonderful home that always welcomed friends and family. We all loved our time with the 7th Street gang and have very fond memories – oh the stories and the parties! Golfing, bridge, lawn bowling, walking around Calgary, having lunch with girl friends, McDougall Ladies group, and most importantly volunteering at the Calgary Food Bank kept Mum busy when she retired.

In her last few years Mum lived at Lake Bonavista Village. She spread her quiet Scottish charm in her own way here as well. Mum was determined to do it her way and be as independent as possible. A very special thank you and recognition to all the medical people throughout Mum’s life. Dr. Helen Montgomery and the team at Signal Hill Medical Centre – you provided more than medicine to the Gardner Girls.

If you would like to honour my wee Mum, please do so as she requested, as Mum was very clear on the charities that were special to her. Memorial tributes may be made directly to the Inn from the Cold, at McDougall United Church, The Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank Society, 5000 – 11 Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2Y5, Telephone: (403) 253-2059, www.calgaryfoodbank.com or something to help the wee kiddies.

Remember her baby blue eyes, her lovely Scottish accent, her determination, her kind nature, her honesty, her hospitality and her smile. Your loving daughter, Ann.

A Celebration of Life will be held at McDougall United Church (8516 Athabasca Street S.E.) on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

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

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  1. Monica Isaac :

    Dear Anne,
    Sheila with her great sense of humour will be greatly missed.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.
    Sincerely, Monica Isaac

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  2. Ross Hodgson :

    You are in our thoughts and prayer…. We have fond memories of your mum we will carry with us, and hope your memories will bring you comfort in the coming days…. Love you…. Ross and Clinton

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  3. Kay & Bob Paine :

    Dear Ann,
    We feel privileged to have known Sheila as a neighbor but most of all as a treasured friend.
    We will miss her wit and the many conversations we had around her kitchen table.
    Our thoughts are with you Ann.
    Sincerely, Kay & Bob

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  4. Pam and Mike :

    Dear Ann
    I think you know how much Sheila meant to our family. She was a great and gracious lady. We will miss her very much and will be with you every step of the way.

    Love,
    The Rannellis

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  5. Monty and Sylvie :

    Dear Ann
    We are so sorry for your loss. We all know how much Sheila meant to you and to us, her friends and loved ones. Please take strength in knowing that she is in a better place. I am sure you know by now that you are not alone. We are all standing behind you and with you during this difficult time.
    Love and hugs
    Sylvie and Monty

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  6. sharon kirsch :

    Ann, as you know so well, I had great respect and friendship with your mom….our trips together to the doctors, the visits to her home and the many meals we shared at your home were some of the most pleasant times that I had…..she will be missed by so many and her wonderful qualities will provide unlimited memories for you and others. Lots of love…sharon

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  7. jane gallacher :

    My dear friend Ann,
    My thoughts, prayers, and hugs are sent you. I feel so lucky to have met Shelia. Her warm and caring personality resonates in you. I will never forget bringing Bailey to visit her! It is memories like those that will continue to bring smiles and happy thoughts.

    Lots of Love
    Jane and Dean
    Mac and Georgi

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  8. Ray and Gladys Hodgson :

    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Memories are a precious thing, Keep in touch we are always here for you.
    Take Care and God Bless, Love Ray and Gladys

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  9. Hey Anne, my thougyhts are with you a lot as you go through the process of saying good bye to your Mom. May all your wonderful memories sustain you. I will always remember your Mom’s lovely accent, her light hearted comments and her smile and laughter. Bless her. We will have to arrange a weekend in Red Deer when you have time and are feeling up to it.

    All the best,
    Susan Evans

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  10. Tom & Margaret Alty :

    Dear Ann, Please accept our deepesr Sympathy. Your Mum was a wonderful lady.We Line danced together & had a great time.She was always full of fun & I know she will be sadly missed.

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  11. Laurie and Merle :

    Dear Ann Sincere sympathy in the loss of your mom. We have fond memories of your mom from conversations at church. Her laughter and smile will be missed. We are thinking of you and wishing you much comfort and peace at this time.

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  12. Carol Fraser :

    Ann,
    Sincere condolences on the loss of your precious mum. What a wonderful lady she was, and what a deep loss for her to have moved on from this world. Please know that we are here for you whenever you need a laugh, a hug, a puddle walk, a distraction or a cup of tea.
    <3 The Frasers

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  13. Iren Shelton :

    Dear Ann My sincere sympathies on the passing of your “wee mum”. She was a lovely Lady in the truest sense of the word. I still remember her with a twinkle in her eyes, a smile on her face and the pride in her voice when she spoke of you the few times she visited the classroom. May your memories give you comfort in this vey difficult time.
    Iren

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  14. Derry Warner :

    Ann, my thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Take comfort by thinking about all the love, joy and good times you’ve enjoyed with your mum over the years and especially during these last few years of challenges. You’ve been a great daughter and friend to your mum. I know she felt very loved and cared for. See you when we meet to celebrate your mum’s wonderful life on April 12th. Until then-much love, many prayers and peace my friend.
    Derry

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  15. Quentin Sundberg :

    Sheila was always one of Marion’s dearest friends.
    She will always be in our thoughts and prayers
    and our hearts go out to you Anne.

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  16. Kathy Thompson Murch :

    Dear Ann,
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear Mum. I pray that in time, the fun filled moments and fond memories of her bring peace to your heart and a smile to your face. I promise to raise a glass in her honor.
    Kathy

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  17. Marlene Yellow Horn :

    I was so sorry to hear of your Mum’s passing. Sending prayers, hugs, and strength!
    Take care.

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  18. Sheila and John McHutchison :

    Dear Ann,
    We wish to express to you our sympathy and condolences at this sad time of your Mother’s death. Our prayers are with you and your family members.
    Sincerely,
    Sheila and John.

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  19. Leone Strukoff :

    Dear Ann
    Thinking of you at this time. Hopefully the happy memories that you hold dear will sustain you through this trying time,
    Sincerely, Leone

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