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HORTE, Thelma Margaret

April 25, 1923 – October 7, 2012

Thelma Margaret Horte passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at the Chinook Hospice in Calgary at the age of 89 years.

Born on April 25, 1923, to Olaf and Marie Boness, Thelma grew up in Edmonton during the 1920s and the Great Depression, with her beloved older brother, Herman, who was tragically killed when his plane was shot down over Germany during WWII. Thelma was far ahead of her time when she embarked as a single woman in her early 20s on a cross-continental venture which led her to Winnipeg, Toronto and New York, opening her eyes to a larger world. She married Vernon Horte in 1950, and his oil industry career took them at various times to Calgary, Dallas and Toronto. They had three children: daughter, Joan, and sons, Robert and Douglas. Throughout Vernon’s busy career, Thelma was always there, lovingly shouldering much of the responsibility for their daily family life, for which she will always be treasured. She was a determined advocate of women’s rights, and encouraged her daughter – and all women – to find their own path and strive to achieve their unique potential. In recent years she struggled with a number of serious health problems which slowed her down but never quenched her spirit.

She is survived by her sons, Robert and Douglas (Bonnie) and her grandchildren, Erica, Karen and Gary. She was predeceased by her husband, Vernon, and daughter, Joan in 2006.

Funeral Services will be held at Living Spirit United Church (629 – 49th Avenue S.W., Calgary) on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. Sincerest thanks to the staff of the Chinook Hospice, who cared for Thelma during her last days with such tenderness.

In living memory of Thelma Horte 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. Carol Lohmayer :

    Dear Robert and Doug
    Please accept my sincere condolences at the loss of your mother. As secretary to your father for many years during the Arctic Gas days and his consulting practice in Toronto, I remember her loving ways and her pride of the family. I knew that Joan had struggled with health issues but was not aware that she, too, had departed your family. I’m sure those memories of your losses are all so painful at this time. So many pleasant memories come flooding back to me as well today. My thoughts are with you.
    God bless
    Carol Lohmayer

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  2. Sylvia Heikamp RN :

    Dear Bob and family
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother had a spirit that could always bring a smile to my face with every visit I made. Thank you for the privledge of working with her these few last years. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

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  3. Diane Cameron :

    I feel so fortunate to have had such a wonderful boss in Joan and to have met your family through her. I felt very lucky to have gotten to know Thelma as a result. She was such a wonderful, classy, inspiring lady. I will miss our twice yearly lunches with her and Bob at “The Club”. My thoughts are with your whole family at this sad time.

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  4. Dear Bob and family,

    Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of your mother.

    Grant Clark & Bill Penner

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  5. Eunice (Ross- Molvik) Gomke :

    Family of Thelma,
    I plan to attend your Mothers service Friday Oct. 12 and wish you know who this name is when you read it in the guest book. I was married to Gordon Molvik who was your fathers’ best friend. Your father was godfather to three of our six children. Gordon passed away 2 years ago but all of our children live here in Calgary and I always wondered where your parents were over the years. If you should wish to visit with any of us, you may contact me at my email. God Be With You. You will be in my memories.

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  6. Margaret & Bill Whelan :

    Thelma’s family: Bill and I send our deepest sympathy. Undorunately Bill was not well today so we missed the service. I will miss my visits with Thelma since she’s been on her own. She was a lovely caring lady. She, Vern and Joan were so active when LSU were looking for a new home. Margaret Whelan

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  7. Marilyn Nairn :

    I read of Mrs. Horte’s death with sadness. Although I never met her, I was friends with Joan at law school. I knew, through Joan, how close and caring her family was. I always looked forward to getting Joan’s letters at Christmas. They were so optimistic and loving even while she was facing such challenges to her health. I learned of the enormous support provided by her parents and brothers. Then those letters stopped coming. You have endured much loss. Please take solace in all of your wonderful memories and also in the small fact that Mrs. Horte touched the life of someone whom she’d never met. With my deepest sympathy.

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  8. Charlotte Cameron :

    Dear Bob,
    Please accept my sympathies over the loss of your mother. I often think of the good times the Horte and Cameron families had together when we all lived together. Remember the time we went to Amos Baker’s maple sugar farm? Also, the great times we had at our cottages on Lake Muskoka. Please extend my sympathies to Doug. The Horte/Cameron relationship was very special. My thoughts are with you.
    Sincerely, Charlotte Cameron

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  9. Laurie O'Brien :

    Dear Bob and Doug,

    I am so sorry to hear of Thelma’s passing. She was a lovely, elegant lady, and will be greatly missed. Please know that Dan and I are thinking of you.

    With love,


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  10. Sharon Sandall :

    Bob, I was very sorry to read of your Mother’s passing. My sympathies to you and your family.

    Sincerely, Sharon Sandall

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