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HANNA, Cecile (nee de Forest)

HANNA, Cecile (nee de Forest)
April 10, 1919 – January 14, 2013

Cecile, beloved wife of Jim of Calgary, passed away on January 14, 2013 at the age of 93 years.

Born and raised by Harold and Nina de Forest on a ranch near the Porcupine Hills southwest of Claresholm, she was home schooled, and grew up loving nature, music, reading and writing. She received her teaching certificate from Normal School in 1941 and during her many years of teaching she was passionate about her students and making the subject matter relevant to each of them.
She was also passionate about Christian Science and faithfully attended Church and the Reading Rooms in Calgary and Red Deer where she moved in 2002. She found the best in every person and situation and expressed her gratitude and love at every opportunity.

Cecile will be fondly remembered by her son Norm and grandchildren, Travis (Marie) and Graeme Hanna; her daughter Grace (Ed) Williams and grandchildren, Lowell (Alix) and Aaron (Sarah and great grandchild Emily) Williams; her brother Ron de Forest and niece Belle Parkinson.

Cecile was predeceased by her beloved husband of fifty-seven years Jim in 2004. She was also predeceased by her siblings, Barbara Watson, Bernice Bernard, and Gwen Schultz.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Cecile Hanna, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Susan and I will miss our visits with Cecile. Her stories of the past and present were enjoyed immensely, and documented so all could enjoy them. A great and spirited lady who will be missed by all who knew her.

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  2. I was very lucky to have been one of Cecile’s home care workers, while she lived in Red Deer, she was a sweet dear lady, I enjoyed her stories of her youth and feel blessed to have known her. You have my deepest sympathy

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  3. Judith Cole (Arkle) :

    To the family, growing up in Calgary I remember Cecile with much fondness. She taught me in Sunday school things and I remember her love of God. Her wonderful bright eyes and caring spirit. Over the years I would pop into the reading room and have a visit. She was always so delighted to see me. My mother Mabel Arkle was confined to a wheel chair and on many occasions when I would drop in to be with her. There my Mom and Cecile would be having tea and remembering other days. All of you were so blessed to have this gentle spirit in your lives. You will all miss her. Hugs to all of you. Judi

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  4. To the Family of Mrs. Hanna, sending my sympathy for the loss of your precious dear beloved one. May you find comfort in the fact that she was and is the most loving, kind, just and gracious wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt. To you my most wonderfully wonderful friend (your words dearest Mom Hanna) with all my love. I am loving and cherishing you forever.

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