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HOLLOWELL – Deborah Anne (Allin)

February 1, 1952 – July 8, 2010

Debbie, our amazing and beautiful wife, Mom and friend passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on July 8th at the age of 58.

Debbie was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in both Niagara Falls and the Toronto area. She met Fred and they were married on June 8, 1974. They enjoyed 36 beautiful years of marriage together. Our special Mom was a nursery school teacher until she dedicated her life to raising her four children. The family moved to Calgary in 1984. Debbie was so warm and caring to everyone she met that she soon became a very special and integral part of her neighbourhood and community. Deb spent countless hours as a volunteer Mom at Woodbine Elementary School. Her love for volunteering led to her involvement with PALS (Pet Access League Society) as an exceptional team leader. Debbie and Riley shared an unforgettable friendship and regularly visited others in need throughout the past seven years. She truly believed in the gifts that dogs can give “mostly by being themselves.” Our Mom raised us with unconditional love, thoughtful teaching and gentle guidance. In her life and throughout her illness, she gave us the gift of understanding the importance of family. Debbie was overwhelmed by the love and support from close friends and her community over the last four weeks. Even during her illness she continued to make new friends with those who cared for her both at the Rockyview General Hospital and within the Alberta Health Palliative Care team. A special thanks to Dr. Marilyn Basinger.

Debbie will be forever missed but always remembered by her husband Fred, children Jennifer (Rod), Laurie, Brett (Vanessa), Sarah and her best “PAL” Riley the dog. Debbie will also be missed dearly by her mother Phyllis Allin and her brother Jim (Joanne) along with numerous other relatives and friends. She is now with her late father, Danny Allin and her brother John Allin.

Debbie has touched the lives of so many of us and she made this world a better place. Debbie, we love you and we will all miss you “too much.”

A celebration of Debbie’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Debbie’s wish was that if people wanted to make a donation in her name, they could give to the Foothills Country Hospice Society (www.foothillscountryhospice.org) Box 274
Okotoks, Alberta T1S 1A5.

In living memory of Debbie Hollowell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Esther & D'Arcy McGee :

    Dear Fred & Family: Our thoughts & prayers go out to you during this very sad time. We had some wonderful times together with you & Deb in our early Shell years, & got married within a month of one another
    Our sincere condolences on your loss.

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  2. Please accept my deepest condolences to you Jen and your whole family at this very difficult time. Your mother was always a very warm and kind woman every time that I met her. She obviously passed this wonderful trait to you and all your siblings. Remember her in the small things that give you joy and comfort. With love always, Tara Potter and Family

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  3. Lauretta and John Pedhirney :

    The last time I saw Debbie she was having one of her daily walks with Riley. I will always remember that calm and gentle spirit if hers. When I think of Debbie I will be reminded to keep life simple and focus on what really matters.

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  4. Sari Meyerson :

    Hello All,
    I want to send you my dearest thoughts throughout this difficult time. My name is Sari and I am one of Sarah’s good friends from Ontario. I never met your mom, but I know she was an important part of all of your lives.
    Sar – I love you to pieces and I am so sorry I can’t be there with you right now to support you and your family.
    Please know that I am thinking about you all the time and wishing you all my best. Your mother sounds fabulous, and I hope she is in a better place.
    I love you always,
    Sari 🙂

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  5. Liz, Andrea & Erin Burney (Calgary, Ab.) :

    Dear Fred, Jen, Laurie, Brett & Sarah,
    Mrs. Allin and Jim:
    We will all celebrate Deb’s life and all that earned her the love, the admiration, the respect of family and friends, feeling grateful for our time with her, enriched for having known her, feeling blessed to have her remarkable spirit here among us forever and yes….Larry will take good care of her.

    With Deepest Sympathy
    Liz

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  6. Erwin & Judy Lowas :

    Dear Fred & Family,
    Don’t know of any words that can help with the incredible loss & grief that all of you are feeling. Hope you can find some comfort in knowing that Deb’s beautiful nature will live on through each of you.

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  7. Tony den Boef, Nanoose Bay, B.C. :

    Dear Fred and family,

    My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you through this difficult time. While I do not recall ever having met Debbie, Fred and I know each other from our Shell Data Centre days.

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  8. Carol Brazil and Family :

    Dear Fred and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. I understand how you must feel since I so recently lost my husband.
    I will be arriving in Calgary sometime late Tues / early Wed. Will call you when I get in.
    Much love, Cousin Carol

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  9. Glenn and Lori Crowe :

    To Frank and Family,

    Glenn and I are so sorry to hear about the passing of Debbie. Although we did not know Debbie very well except for our time together at the Hockey rink many years ago we do remember how easy and friendly she was to talk with. We would bump into each other every now and then and she would always ask about Scott and Courtney and bring us up to date with information about your family. I know this is a very difficult time for you and your family and we want you to know we are thinking of you and your family.

    With heartfelt sympathy in your time of sorrow.

    Glenn and Lori Crowe
    and Family

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  10. Hi Fred and Family
    I’m sorry to hear about your wife leaving this world so quickly. I never met her but know she has been a very large part of your life. Having made the big move with Shell from Toronto to Calgary in 1984 meant she supported you 110%. I haven’t seen much of you since you left Shell a number of years ago but having seen the news yesterday my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

    From an old co-worker and rec hockey mate
    Merv

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  11. Terry & Marion Whittam :

    Our deepest condolences to the Hollowell family. Terry & Marion Whittam

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  12. Dr. Brian Schow :

    Dear Fred and family,
    We were deeply saddened to learn of Debbie’s illness and passing. Since first meeting her in 1986 we enjoyed her lovely pleasant personality and we always looked forward to her visits and the way she would brighten our day. May your memories of her provide comfort.
    Sincerely,
    Brian Schow and the Smileworks team.

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  13. Melissa Frankiw (Morgan) :

    Dear Fred and Family,
    I want to express my deepest sympathies to you all on the loss of such a wonderful and caring person, Debbie. I’ll never forget the kindness she had for my mom and my family when we went through something unfortunately too similar. She’ll always carry a special place in my heart for all she did for us. Keep your family and friends close during this difficult time, and I’ll be thinking of you all.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Melissa

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  14. Heather and Peter Breuer :

    Mrs. Allin and Jim,
    Please accept our deepest condolences. As per Debbie’s wish we have made a donation to the Foothills Country Hospice in her name.

    Our thoughts are with you.

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  15. Barbara Aitken :

    I had the pleasure of getting to know Debbie and Riley when visiting my mother in Carewest, Royal Park. Not only did they bring joy to the residents but to the visitors. It was a bonus for me when coming to visit, to see they were there. My talks with Debbie were always special and I’m very glad our paths crossed.
    She was so proud of her family and even though we’ve never met, please know how sorry I am for your loss.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara Aitken

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  16. Fred & Family,

    I am deeply saddened by your loss and I am sure the many fond memories you have of Deb will keep her in your heart forever. I recall the many good times we shared in our Shell days. My condolences on your loss.

    Gary Lucas

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  17. Hilary, Joe and Dan Peel :

    We are shocked and saddened to learn of Brett’s Mom’s untimely passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

    The Peel family (Dan Peel)

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  18. Dianna Dryden :

    Hi Laurie,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing at such a young age. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Dianna Dryden

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  19. My deepest condolences Fred to you and your family. My heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with your family at this difficult time.

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  20. Michelle Maccarone & Trevor McEwen :

    My heart goes out to Brett, Vanessa and the Hollowell family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mother looked like such a beautiful woman inside and out. I know that your strength together will get you through this hard time. You’ll be in our thoughts.

    Michelle & Trevor

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  21. Laura Letourneau (RPN) :

    Jen and family…I have only just heard about your mom’s passing. What a beautiful and special lady your words show her to be. My heart is with you Jen. As per your mom’s wishes we will be making a donation to the Foothills Country Hospice in her name from all of us. Biggest of hugs.

    Laura

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  22. Barbara Potvin :

    Jen, I am thinking of you at this difficult time. As your mum wished, we will be making a donation to the Foothills Country Hospice in her name.

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  23. Dear Jen and family,
    Jen I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I know you two have talked alot over the past couple of weeks and I hope this has brought you some peace. My thoughts are with you and your family. I will see you upon your return. I am thinking of you
    Love Lori

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  24. Marianne Belau :

    Thinking of you at this time, Jen and family. Deepest sympathies from myself and all of us here at the office.

    Marianne

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  25. Jim and Carole Collins :

    Fred and Family

    Ours thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Our deepest condolences

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  26. Cheryl Whiteheaad :

    Dear Fred and Family: Our thoughts are with you. We all have wonderful memories of Debbie’s warm smile and wonderful nature. She seemed happeist surrounded by her Husband, Children and Riley. She was the quintessential Wife and Mom.
    Cheryl and harvey Whitehead
    Wishes also from Lana, Marcus and Camron

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  27. Mary Del Mutch :

    Laurie,
    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Lord be with you at this difficult time.
    Love from MaryDel Mutch

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  28. Paul and Bev Gooch :

    To Fred and the Hollowell family.

    It was with great sadness that Bev and I learned of the passing of Debbie.

    It is particulary hard to bear when your loved one has left at such a young age.

    Best regards…. Paul and Bev

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  29. I was so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. We spent many times talking of life, kids and dogs as we passed each other dog walking. She was a wonderful lady and I will miss her very much. The neighborhood will not be the same without her.

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  30. James Mather :

    Hollowell Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    James Mather

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