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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com. 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)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences