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KILBURN, Nancy Dianne

July 24, 1959 – Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
January 7, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Nancy Kilburn of Calgary passed away on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at the age of 55 years.

She was born July 24, 1959 in Portage La Prairie and moved to Calgary in 1969, where she remained. Nancy had one daughter Sydney who she was very proud of and always spoke about with a smile.

Nancy started her career as a school bus driver and then advanced to a City of Calgary Transit driver. From there she moved onto the trains and eventually became part of the Calgary Transit security team, PS100. Nancy was a master of crafts as she could sew, knit, crotchet, quilt, decorative paint and her most recent passion was beading. She mentored others by teaching her crafts to anyone who was interested and would often use her crafting skills to fundraise for breast cancer. Another of Nancy’s passions was her love of animals, especially horses.

In 2006, Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer and fought a courageous battle. She always said “I have cancer, cancer doesn’t have me” and that is how she lived every moment to the fullest. Nancy touched everyone she met along the way.

Nancy is survived by her daughter Sydney Dawn Kilburn-Robinson of Acme, AB; her mother Cicely Kilburn of Calgary; and her siblings, Brenda Smith of Stonewall, MB, Wanda (Dennis) Eckert of Winnipeg, MB, Duane (Debb) Kilburn, Kerry (Corleen) Kilburn, and Sherri Kilburn, all of the Calgary. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins all cross Canada. Nancy was predeceased by her father Doug Kilburn in 1980.

A Celebration of Nancy’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Nancy’s honour may be made directly to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, 420 East Street North, Sarnia, Ontario, N7T 6Y5.

In living memory of Nancy Kilburn, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. My sympathies for your loss.

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  2. My sincere condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of knowing Nancy through work for the past 14 years. Nancy was a bright spot in our work world. She always wore a smile and had the nicest things to say. We enjoyed her many crafts and talents at work. She would often paint or create something that always brought oohs and awws when it was complete. She often spoke of her family and especially how proud she was of Sydney.
    I hope you all find some comfort and peace in the wonderful memories of her life. More so the memory of her loving spirit that is unforgettable as it has touched us all so fondly and deeply.

    God bless.

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  3. I had the pleasure of working with Nancy in the call centre at Victoria Park for 7 years and she was always such a pleasure to be around. My deeps condolences go out to her family at this time. I know we are all much better for having known Nancy.

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  4. To Sydney and family,

    Your mom was very special and she will be dearly missed! I look around and my home and it’s filled with Nancy’s special gifts. Today we lay my mom to rest, and we are placing in her casket her prayer book that includes a treasured crocheted bookmark your mom made especially for her. My heart goes out to you all.

    Until we meet again, friend, watch us through those monitors in the sky!

    Your friend,
    Elena

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  5. Leslie and Jeremy Payne :

    Nancy was a friend of my dads. Everytime we went to see my dad we always visited with Nancy. We had the same interests and hit it off right away. She was the most positive person I have ever known and Such a fighter. May she rest in peace. This isn’t a goodbye this is until we see you again. Sending our condolences to all her family and friends!! She will be truly missed!!

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  6. Eleanor Kolisnyk :

    Dear Cicely and family,
    It is with deepest sympathy we share the loss of Nancy. We spent many hours chatting about so many things that we had in common and she will be dearly missed. We can take solace in knowing that we have another “angel” looking down upon us and wishing us well. We are very thankful for the time that we were allowed to have with her. May she rest in peace.

    Sincerely,
    Eleanor Kolisnyk and family; Les Fazekas and family

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  7. My sincerest sympathies Sydney! Your Mom was a special lady and I truly cherished the time she spent in the fabric store!

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  8. Seth and Olivia Grass(Beth and Larry's son and daughter in law :

    Sending out love and prayers to you for the loss of Nancy. We had the pleasure of meeting her when she was here for Granni’s (Francis Howell) 90th birthday. I enjoyed her stories her laughter and even though it was the first time we had met i knew she was family. May God’s love and strength surround you. You are in our prayers.

    God Bless
    Seth and Olivia

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  9. Neil and Wendy Graves :

    We wish to express our deepest and sincerest condolences to Cecily and the Kilburn family. Nancy was adored by us and will be greatly missed. She was such a delight to visit with and her positive outlook on life and the courage she showed when facing obstacles was amazing. We wish we could be there to hold all of you.

    Neil and Wendy Graves
    Playas, Guayas, Ecuador

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  10. Joanne Hempel :

    Oh Sydney, I am so very very sorry to hear about the loss of your mom!!! Please know that I will be thinking about you and praying for your family. My mom has had breast cancer as well. May we find a cure soon for this horrible cruel disease.
    -Joanne Hempel

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  11. Nancy was a big part of my training in PS100 and I worked many graveyard shifts with just her and myself, we had many deep conversations and I got to know her quite well. I miss her dearly already and think of her often. Deepest condolences to her family. She was loved very much by her Transit family.

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  12. To the family of Nancy, I’m so sorry for your loss. She will always be looking down on each and everyone. Nancy was always big on family and would speak about you often. I don’t think there was ever a night that went by she didn’t speak about her family. Sidney was a high light of her life and always wanted to get home before she got on the school bus. My condolences go out to each and everyone of you.

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  13. Natasha Mangatal :

    Over the many years that I worked with Nancy on graves we developed a friendship. Often we would discuss our daughters and their love for horses as well. She was a wonderful influence. Her spirit strong and vivacious. Anyone who has been lucky enough to meet her can count themselves fortunate. My thoughts are with her and I am sorry for your loss. She is at peace now and will forever be in my heart.

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  14. Lorna & Leon Donahue :

    Nancy was a very sweet person. Always thinking of the other person. I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter, sister, mother, cousin, aunt and a Friend to so many. Prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow.
    Love Lorna & Leon

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  15. Nancy brought smiles and courage to others and will forever be remembered.

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  16. Dear Cicely and family. I am sorry to hear of your great loss. You
    will be missing her. She is at peace now and no more pain.
    Love, Ellen

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  17. A happy, talented lady who was a delight to know and will be sadly missed.

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  18. Ripple Grainger :

    Goodbye my dearest friend! My condolences to the family. You are sorely missed at the barn where we spent so much time together. Me and the girls from the barn miss you desperately. You will never be forgotten my dearest friend!

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  19. Sherri & Family,
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences in the passing of your sister Nancy. I know you loved and admired her and she will be dearly missed.

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  20. Nancy was always quick with a smile, and had a great positive outlook. I hope the wonderful memories you have will help you through this time. Think of her often, and she’ll always be there. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  21. Shannon Barritt :

    My condolences to the family of Nancy. I feel privileged to have been able to work with her, even if it was only for a year our so. She taught me a lot. She will be sorely missed.

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  22. Gill Robertson :

    Thinking of you Sydney, I think Nancy will always be to me Felcitys other mother .

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  23. Roxanne Fuller :

    I had the privilege of meeting Nancy when I was diagnosed with breast cancer just 1 year after her. Nancy gave my husband and I the strength to get through it all. She was there with answers to questions and a shoulder to cry on. My husband and I both work for transit and she will be missed by so many. Nancy will be remembered and loved by all of the people’s lives that she touched. Her smiling face and caring nature brightened any room she walked into. May you forever ride horses with the angels as you look down and smile on all of us. Rest my friend your pain is gone and your new journey begins. God Bless you

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