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HOLLINSHEAD, Mary Colleen

January 24, 1926 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
March 28, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Colleen Hollinshead, beloved wife of Bob Hollinshead of Calgary, passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the age of 88 years.

Colleen was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on January 24, 1926. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother. Colleen was known by all for her strong, vibrant personality and an amazing ability to liven up any party. Colleen married the love of her life right after WWII and spent many happy years moving from Air Force base to Air Force base here in Canada and the United States. Early in her life, she worked as a bank teller at the CIBC and then took up the role of raising her boys “Rob” and “Rick”. Later in her life, Colleen volunteered at the Colonel Belcher and Children’s Hospitals bringing smiles to patients’ faces. Her favorite pastimes were playing the piano, knitting, and camping with her friends and family.

Besides her loving husband of 68 years, Colleen is survived by brother Alistair MacPhail (Joyce) of Kelowna, her two sons Rob (Susan) of Calgary and Rick (Wendy) of Nanaimo; four grandchildren, Lawrence (Maureen ), Jennifer, Katherine, and Sara and two great grandchildren Dawson and Crosby.

A Celebration of Colleen’s Life will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church (4612 Varsity Drive N.W.) at 1:00p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Colleen Hollinshead, 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.

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  1. Wendy Thomas :

    Bob, Susan, Rick, Wendy and families:
    We’ve lost a grand lady. She was sharp, funny and just an all round lovely lady. She will be missed.

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  2. Marion Gundry :

    I was so saddened to learn of Colleens death. I have such wonderful memories of the great times Gren and I spent with Colleen and Bob and the group in Arizona with very many get-togethers. Many memorable picnics, parties and always lots of laughter and sing songs of which Colleen was the composer of some. She always brought a spark to any occasion and her positive attitude and sense of humour was infectious.
    My love to you all,
    Marion Gundry

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  3. Denis and Kathy McGrath :

    Bob, Susan, Katie & Sarah,
    We were sorry to read of Bob’s mother passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Kathy & Denis McGrath

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  4. Colleen was queen bee of the Gin Rummy, Bocce Ball gang and always crackin’ wise (Be alert, we always need more lerts!) But more than being so much fun, she was very compassionate. When her friend and our mom Dorothy died much too soon, it left an empty place that Janice and I could never fill. In the following years, every time we saw Colleen, she made it a point to tell us how she was still missing Dorothy. It comforted us and we loved her for remembering.

    You are a fortunate family to have enjoyed such a wonderful mom and grandmother for so long, and I am so sorry you have lost her.

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  5. Bob and Dorothy Dennett :

    Our thoughts are with the family. What a wonderful person and we enjoyed her and loved her and we have so many great memories

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  6. Rick, Wendy and family,
    Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I remember how determined she was to surprise you in Italy. May her memories keep you strong.

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  7. maddie macinnes/cathy huba :

    We miss a terrific lady with the most wonderful sense of hummer. There was never a dull moment on Friday night happy hour when she brightened the room with her wit. My mother misses her so much. From sharing family stories of her of her children and her experiences and mixing them with ours it was always enjoyable. Colleen was always there for my mother watching over her as a sister and not just a friend.

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  8. Heather Thomas :

    Rob & Sue and Laurie, Katie & Sara
    Rick & Wendy and Jennifer!
    Sorry seems so inadequate.
    Always felt as though your mom was my friend – the age difference meant nothing…she was dynamo!!
    Her quick wit and ever present smile will be with me always!
    Much love from Heather and Brian Chris and Devon

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