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HEAD, Alice Leona

February 10, 1918 – October 1, 2012

Alice Leona Head passed away on Monday, October 1st, 2012 at the age of 94 years.

Alice was born, the eldest of four girls, in Medicine Hat, Alberta on February 10th, 1918. She grew up on a farm in the Rolling Green area, north-west of Taber, Alberta and attended Rolling Green School, where she completed grade twelve. On February 14, 1939, Alice married A.J. (Joe) Head in St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church in Taber. Alice and Joe lived for a short while in Picture Butte, Alberta, where Joe was a partner in “Hyde and Head Hardware”. They moved to Vauxhall, Alberta, where Joe went into a partnership in “Red Head Gas”, a small service station. Later, Alice and Joe started “Head Motors”, where they sold John Deere farm equipment and Chrysler cars for many years. Alice and Joe had four children: Lawrence, born in 1941, Marie in 1944, Brian in 1948 and Patrick in 1954. The family moved to Calgary in 1962, where Alice began work as a bookkeeper for Terrill’s Flowers for several years, and then for Beaver Lumber, where she worked for a number of years, retiring in 1983. Alice was blessed with a beautiful alto-soprano voice which she shared freely, singing at countless weddings and funerals over the years, and she devoted almost 50 years to the music ministry at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Calgary. The magnificence of their parish choir was always one of her greatest sources of pride. Alice was also a Eucharistic Minister within her parish and delivered Holy Communion to the sick and elderly for many years. She was honored by her choir and parish on her 90th birthday, where she was recognized for her many years of service to her church. Alice was also a Charter Member of the Catholic Woman’s League. Alice was a devoted mother and wife. She and Joe were well known for their hospitality, and their warm and welcoming home was regularly full of family and friends, enjoying Alice’s wonderful cooking and baking, and Joe’s many stories. There was always room at the supper table for guests and always a warm bed for visitors, and over the years, many were welcomed to their home, without question. Often, evenings were spent around the piano where Alice played and sang requests. Alice was also well known for her beautiful flower gardens, which grew in profusion in her many flower beds and the house was often beautifully decorated with cut flowers. Alice also enjoyed several artistic pastimes, including ceramics and paper tolling.

Alice is survived by her son, Lawrence (Joyce) of Calgary, daughter Marie (Harold) of Cochrane, and son Patrick (Melanie) of Fairview, Alberta.

Alice was predeceased by her parents Eddie and Anne Hemple; sisters Adele, Noreen and Patricia; husband, Joe; son, Brian and daughter-in-law Terry.

Her warm and loving manner will be greatly missed by her many friends and family.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be held at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, (404 Northmount Place NW) on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com .

In living memory of Alice Head, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Randy Chamberlain :

    On behalf of the Chamberlain Family, I would like to extend our condolences and sadness to the Head Family on the passing of our “Aunt Alice”. Our thoughts will be with you through this difficult time.
    It’s hard to imagine a finer, more inspirational and independent Lady than Alice. After a life well lived, Alice will now take her proud and rightful place among our ancestors.

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  2. ROB & NICKI ROACH :

    Head family:
    Lawrence and Joyce, Marie and Harold, Patrick and Melanie.
    We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful lady and mother.
    Please accept our prayers and deepest sympathy.
    Love Rob and Nicki

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  3. Joe and Pauline Claeys :

    Please accept condolences from our entire family on the loss of your Mother.

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  4. Perry chamberlain :

    I am saddened to hear of Aunt Alice’s passing. I remember the time we stayed with Joe and Alice’s in the summer, and Joe would take me on his farm route, to the hutterite colonies. I fondly remember Aunt Alice’s gentle disposition, wonderful smile and the vast open spaces and back country gravel roads, as a child, in the 1970’s.
    Rest in peace! You are in our hearts.

    Respectfully
    Perry Chamberlain

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  5. Allen and Maggie MacKenzie :

    Lawrence, Marie, Patrick and families.

    We are very sad to have learned about your Mother’s passing. Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. We will always remember her kind ways and smile. Our deepest sympathy.

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  6. Tracy (Hart) Sekura :

    We are very sorry to hear the passing of Auntie Alice. She was a beautiful lady and I was always glad to see her at Dad’s or Terri Ann’s. You all are in our thoughts.

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  7. My deepest condolonces to the all the Heads- Lawrence and Joyce, Marie and Harold and Patrick and Melanie on the loss of your dear Mother, Alice. Alice was without a doubt a treausre to all, who offered a warm smile, support, often a bed and above all uncondtional love to all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  8. Please accept my sincere condolences. Death is our great enemy. However we can find comfort and hope in the words of Revelation 21:4 “when death will be no more, nor mourning, nor pain be anymore…”

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  9. Dawn (Hart) Fogo :

    We’re very sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. Auntie Alice was always such a warm and beautiful woman. We have some wonderful memories from BBQ’s at Dad’s and special occasions at Terri’s home. You are in our thoughts at this difficult time.

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  10. Winston and Patti MacKenzie :

    Lawrence, Marie and Patrick,

    With deepest sympathy we wish to extend our condolences in the loss of a most wonderful “mom”!

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  11. Marty Chamberlain :

    My condolences to all of the Head family members on this sad day. I have many fond memories of spending time with Aunt Alice during our visits to Calgary. She truly was a lovely lady. Gentle and kind, but with the heart and spirit of a tiger. What better combination is there.

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  12. Kathi and Hal Kerbes :

    Lawrence – so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Much love to you and Joyce and the rest of your family. May your memories help you through your sadness. With love, Kathi and Hal Kerbes

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  13. Connie & John Lerner :

    We were sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. We dearly loved her and we were hoping to see her last year but due to a flu bug we had to change plans. We remember our last visit with her when you were all present –and she certainly looked in good health with her familiar positive appearance. Yesterday was our 59th Anniversary and we can still hear her beautiful voice and organ playing of “Mother Dear”. We are sure Our Lord has a room prepared for her and will surprise her with all her “Loved Ones”.

    May God Bless All of You!

    Connie , Johnny Lerner & family

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  14. Lawrence, Marie, Patrick and Families

    Thinking of you and extending our sympathy. It is always difficult to lose your mother – no matter how old we are. She was a wonderful lady. We will always remember her, each in our own way. Cherish those special memories you have of her.

    Blessings
    Phyllis Bell, Bev Nagata , Rod Sauter

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  15. Dear Patrick, Lawrence and Families:
    It is with great fondness that I remember your sweet and and gentle mother. During my years of friendship with Brian and Terry I enjoyed many visits to your home. I always realized your mom was a generous and patient person who allowed us to discover the humor and excitement in youth while constantly supporting each of us. I wish your own memories comfort you in your loss of this lady who was cherished by all who knew her.
    I count myself fortunate for having known her.
    Ken

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  16. Kelly Chamberlain :

    Lawrence, Marie and Patrick. So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother Alice. I have many fond memories of our visits to your parents home in the late sixties and early seventies. My favorite memory is your mother telling me the stories of her mother and father Eddie and Anne homesteading in southern Alberta. Your mother and her father gave us two sets of buffalo horns that Eddie had cut of the skeletons off dead buffalos just after he was dropped off of the train in the middle of nowhere in the late eighteen hundreds??? My brother Randy has a set on his mantle and so do I. One of my most treasured family momentos. My condolences to you all. Love Kelly

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  17. Lawrence and family,
    Words are not enough. Mom had a lot of good years that we all can be thankful for. She has left a legacy of a good mother and friend.

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