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JACQUES, Lena Henrietta (nee Halldorson)

October 10, 1927 – December 3, 2009

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Lena Jacques. Her family is immensely grateful for the recent years that she lived full of optimism and determination, in spite of her illness. Lena was the fifth of six children born to Arni and Christina Halldorson. She leaves behind her loving husband of over 59 years, Richard; children, Donna, Harold (Julie), Christine (David) Stephure and Robert (Barbara). Lena cherished sharing in the lives of her grandchildren Tim, John, Carolyn, Tricia, Weston and Wade. She met Richard while teaching in the Peace River district of Alberta, not far from the family farm of her childhood. Subsequently, she devoted herself to caring for her family primarily in Calgary, Oklahoma City, Denver and Dallas. In 1986, Dick and Lee returned to Calgary to be close to family and many friends. Lena brought a quiet, welcoming love and sense of spirituality to all her relationships.

We wish to express our gratitude on behalf of Lena and her family for the wonderful care provided by Dr. Scot Dowden, nurses and caregivers at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

A Celebration of Lena’s life will be held at Living Spirit United Church (629 – 49th Avenue S.W.) on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588 or directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 944 – 2433.

In living memory of Lena Jacques, 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. Joan and James Hume :

    Dear Dick and family,
    We were so sad to read in the paper this morning
    that Lena had passed away. We offer you our deepest sympathy. We have many happy memories of our
    families spending time in Banff together when our
    children were young. Lena was a beautiful woman
    inside and out. She will be missed by all that knew her. With Sympathy,
    Joan and Jim Hume

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  2. To Dick and Family:

    Although many years have passed since that fateful spring of 1955, I have memories of you and Lena sharing your early years in that shiny aluminum Spartan trailer, first in Grimshaw and later in Taber with The Geotechnical Foreign Corporation. As the last (real) party chief for whom I worked I found you to be most decent, fair-minded, and a friend.

    There are no words to fill the emptiness left by the departure of a loved one, especially after so many years and so much living. Your children are a tribute to a life well lived, and Lena will live on in their hearts and memories.

    Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

    Margaret and Evert Johnson

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  3. Richard, Donna, Julie, Harold, Chris, Dave, Bob, Barbara & families,

    We were so sorry to hear of Lena’s death. We have lovely memories of her.

    Kathy & Rob

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  4. Donna Lee, Macleod Dixon :

    To Harold – with whom I worked – A mother’s love continues on in all her children, even when she has been called to her peace. May your family know comfort in one another, at this sad time.

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