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HOLMGREN, Nefia Eleanor

June 2, 1919 – Estevan, Saskatchewan
July 28, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Nefia, beloved wife of Harold Norman Holmgren of Calgary, AB, passed away on July 28, 2014 at the age of 95 years.

Nefia was born and raised on a farm just outside of Estevan Saskatchewan. Nefia and her family moved to Wichita Falls, Texas in 1965. She held many different jobs including being a legal secretary in Estevan, a dispatcher for Morgan Drive Away in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, a realtor in Calgary and her favourite position as homemaker for her family. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and staying active in the Church of Christ and had a heart for generosity and hospitality. The loves of her life were her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, her husband, Norm, her 7 children and numerous grand and great-grand children. Nefia loved her family beyond anything else and worked hard to raise them with love.

Besides her loving husband and love of her life for 70 years and 7 months, Nefia is survived by her children Wayne (Joyce) Holmgren of Calgary, AB, Sharon (Barry) Peterson of Houston, TX, Ruth Ferdinand of Medicine Hat, AB, Rhea (Larry) Buckingham of Calgary, AB, Ramon (Trish) Holmgren of Calgary, AB, and Rhandi (Eric) Tyssen of Calgary, AB; her grandchildren Jodie (Geoffrey) Rubel, Julie (Gilbert) Ludwig, Kristin (Kevin) Hinks, Jeffrey (Tara) Holmgren, Jason (Leigh-Ann) Holmgren, Steven (Heather) Peterson, Melanie (Ryan) Shandruk, Tyler (Kristie) Buckingham, Jenifer (Christopher) Neil, Rebecca (Devin) Tyssen-Ayotte, Kelsey (Scott) Clarke, Jocelyn (Guiller) Contreras, Christopher Tyssen and Lee Holmgren; great-grandchildren Andrew, Hillary and Lillian Rubel; Katherine, Phoebe and Maya Ludwig; Abigail, Samuel, Aubrey and Ainsley Holmgren; Sophia, Eliza, Allegra and Kai Holmgren; Megan and Olivia Hinks; Hadley, Laynee and Charley Peterson; Riley and Carter Shandruk; Brodie and Austin Buckingham; Brayden Neil.

She was predeceased by both her parents, Carl and Lillian Petterson, her baby daughter in 1958, her son Rhys Holmgren in 1976, her grandchild John Ray Holmgren in 1984 and her siblings Esther (Lennie) Miller, Marion (Lee) Weston, Raymen (Georgie) Petterson, Irene (Ted) Moore and Carl (Irene) Petterson.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Arthritis Society of Alberta.

In living memory of Nefia Holmgren, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Shirley Petterson :

    To Uncle Norman and Family
    Sorry to hear of Aunt Nefia’s passing – May she rest in peace – free from suffering and pain.
    Thinking of you all with love
    Bruce & Shirley
    Shawn & Janine – Carson & Ian
    Christie & Dean – Mathew & Mason

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  2. Shirley Petterson :

    To Sherry, Barry & Family
    Thinking of you all as you celebrate the life of your mom and grandma
    Sorry we can’t be there
    Lots of love
    Bruce & Shirley
    Christie, Dean, Mathew & Mason
    Shawn, Janine, Carson & Ian

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  3. Gerri & Jack Ashby :

    Wayne, Joyce & Families. We pass on our condolences to all of you as you grieve and then later this week celebrate the life of your mother/grandmother/great great grandmother. Her life was a long one and we know that you will celebrate and sing praise to the legacy that she left behind. Thinking of all of you and sending many prayers. God Bless, Gerri & Jack Ashby

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  4. Robert Edwin Moore :

    Robert, Judith, Ainsley, Devon & Blair wish to you all from our Toronto family our best at this saddest time.

    Robert especially was guided and loved by your Nefia as if she was a mother, not just an aunt and was healed by that care. We share your loss as our own.

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