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KERR, Elsie (nee Robinson)

December 15, 1919 – November 18, 2011

Elsie Kerr (Nana) of Calgary passed away peacefully at the Southwood Hospice on Friday, November 18, 2011 at the age of 91 years.

Elsie was born in North Shields, England where she resided until her marriage to Alec in 1942. Elsie and her family moved to Montreal, Canada in June of 1953 where they lived until 1983 when they moved to Calgary to be closer to their only daughter, Marion, and her family.

Elsie is survived by her daughter Marion, son-in-law Richard, Granddaughters Paula (Jeff), Laura (Garth) and Great-grandchildren Josh, Ali and Meagan. Elsie was predeceased by her father, Richard, her mother Lilian, her younger sister, Lilian and her husband Alexander Stevenson Kerr. Elsie leaves behind her devoted partner of 22 years, Niels Gripping.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queens Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Southwood Hospice (211 Heritage Drive S.E. Calgary, AB T2H 1M9) would be greatly appreciated.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff of Unit 73 at The Rockyview General Hospital and The Southwood Hospice for their wonderful care of Elsie and support to the family during a difficult time.

In living memory of Elsie Kerr, 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. Nana was the most amazing lady I have ever met. She loved her family and friends, and was so much fun to be around. Nana was always there for comfort, support and love. Her devotion and kindness is what drew people to her all her life. I am so very blessed to have had her in my life, and I will miss her always.
    You are free now Nana, like a beautiful butterfly. I know you are now dancing in Heaven with your loved ones. I love you.

    Your loving grand daughter,
    Paula

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  2. We miss you already Nana, but take comfort that you are in a better place surrounded by loved ones and free from illness. I consider myself lucky to be part of your family – you were always so kind to me, it is something I will never forget. Safe travels. Love Jeff xo.

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  3. Laura Williams :

    Nana was not only our Nana, but everyone’s Nana. She was loved and cherished by all who knew her. Nana was thoughtful, kind and loving. She was always the perfect hostess and loved having her home full of laughter and love.

    I am the luckiest person to of had her as my Nana. I miss our visits at the hospital and the hospice. I miss you dearly. I know that in Heaven you are surrounded by all the loved ones you have missed for so long. I also know that you are free of the horrible disease and enjoying a Bailey’s on ice and a shnapps!

    Love you Nana forever and ever.

    Laura xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  4. ruth graversen :

    jeg sender jer de allerbedste hilsner, ,jeg føler med jer alle.
    kærlig hilsen fra ruth

    mange hilsner fra mine børn ogsp..

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  5. Though we try to prepare, we are never prepared enough, but there is a compassionate God in heaven who sees, who cares, who comforts .May you feel God’s presence as you grieve the loss of your wife.

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  6. Stella Schmidt (nee Gripping) :

    We send thoughts of sympathy and support to you, Uncle Niels, and all of Elsie’s family as you begin your journey without her, she was a special lady. Wishing you peace and courage at this difficult time.
    Stella, Bruno and Kurtis

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  7. Constance Kilborn-Medalsy :

    The fondest memories of early childhood is of Elsie babysitting me.
    She would tuck me into bed with “Nightie night, little lamb”.

    She was a wonderful, warm, and loving lady…and will always hold a special place in my heart.

    Our condolences to Marion, Dick, and family.

    Sincerely yours,

    Connie and Marc

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  8. To Uncle Niels, Vagn and I send our condolences to you on the loss of your lovely Elsie. We also send our sympathy to Else’s family in this emotional time as you morn her loss in your lives.
    Linda and Vagn Nielsen

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  9. Michelle Comtois :

    Elsie – such a lovely inspiration for kindness and elegance. You will always hold a special place in my heart and memories.

    Michelle Comtois xo

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  10. Marion & Richard Cotter :

    Dear Mom, We were so fortunate to have you in our lives for such a long time. You loved life and you could light up the room with your beautiful smile. You were a good friend and were there for them in good times and bad. You nursed some of them when they were ill and with love and skill. Your family came first and you believed in doing what you could for them while you were on this earth rather than when you were gone. You would have given everything you owned if we asked. Thank you, Mom, for the good times. We know that Heaven is welcoming you with open arms. LUCKY HEAVEN!

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  11. Mom, miss you!

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  12. Milagros Salas-Prato :

    Dear Marion, Dick, Paula and Laura,

    Trying to reach you on the Internet, we found the sad news of your mother`s passing. We are extremely sorry but were privileged to have known her and you as our wonderful neighbours.

    We are certain, you shall always remember her finesse, kindness and sweetness, not to mention her trifle and treats.

    We hope by now you are doing better and hope to hear good news from all of you.

    Best,

    Milagros and family.

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  13. Nana….everytime I see a blue bird or a butterfly…I know you are near.
    I miss you so much. I hope you are happy and that Heaven is as beautiful as you were.
    Xoxox

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