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KRAUSERT – Eunice Donalda (nee Rye)

May 16, 1930 – March 1, 2010

With deep sorrow, the family of Eunice Krausert announces her passing on Monday, March 1, 2010 at the age of 79 as the result of complications with breast cancer.

Eunice was a devoted and much loved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Eunice was predeceased by her loving husband of 57 years, Sam Krausert, her parents Benjamin and Anna Barbara Rye of Okotoks and her brother Clinton Russell Rye.

Born in High River, Eunice was a true native of the Province of Alberta. Growing up on a farm outside Okotoks, she learned the values of family, determination and hard-work that would become the foundation of her life. There she found her love of horses with the annual cattle drives her family took part in, from Okotoks to the grazing leases west of Turner Valley.

At 17 years old, she met the love of her life, Sam Krausert, in Black Diamond. They were married at Okotoks United Church in December 1949. Eunice supported Sam throughout his career, from working on the drilling rigs to the founding of Beaver Drilling, the company her sons manage to this day. Sam and Eunice’s affection for traveling brought them to all corners of the world. For more than three decades, they spent their winters in Wailea, Maui with many life-long friends. The consummate hostess, Eunice was famous for her lanai gatherings, her cooking and her seasonal vodka. There was always a special place in Eunice’s heart for her grand children, from sleepovers to great memories in Maui, to many dinners and brunches together. Eunice made it a priority to always stay up to date in her grandchildren’s lives. She will be dearly missed.

A true matriarch of the family, Eunice is survived by her children Brian (Donna), Keith (Debbie) and Dianne; her grandchildren Jennifer (Matt), Murray, Kevin, Lindsay, Tyler (Laura), Ashley, Conrad and Samuel; and her great-grandchildren Palmer and Isabel. Eunice is also survived by loving sister Verdell, of Seattle. A very special thank you to her lifelong friend, companion and aide, Linda Dadey.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Monday, March 8, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made directly to Eunice Krausert Memorial Fund, Red Deer Lake United Church, Site 5, Comp 21, RR8, Calgary, AB T2J 2T9 (403-256-3181).

In living memory of Eunice Krausert a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Annette Pedersen :

    Dear Krausert/Wood Family: My sincere condolences go out to all of you in the loss of Eunice. Although I have not known her for many years, whenever I did see her, there was always a welcoming smile. She always provided great stories about her beloved grandchildren, and holidays in Hawaii. You are in my thoughts at this difficult time.

    Sincerely,
    Nelle Pedersen

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  2. Juliet and family :

    Please accept our deepest symphathy in passing of your mom (grandma, and a great grandma). She is a very wonderful kind and a true hearted lady. She touched our hearts and we will miss her terribly. May God comfort you all, especialy in this time of sorrow. We will remember you in our prayers.

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  3. John, Marn and Carrie Lawton, Sean McKeown :

    Our deepest condolences on the passing of Eunice. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this most difficult time.

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  4. Pat and Nicola Harris :

    Brian, Keith, Dianne, and the rest of the extended family of Eunice. Our condolences on the passing of Eunice on Monday. We haven’t seen Eunice for far too long but still recall what a gracious person and perfect hostess she was. I’m sure she will be missed terribly by all of you. We’re thinking of you.

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  5. I remember your mother when she was around 13 as the Ryes and my Uncle Pete and Aunt Janet had them over for bridge in Okotoks. We met Sam after their marriage and spent a week at their place in Maui. We visited your Mom’s home west of Calgary and she was always a lovely host. We were honored to be her friend

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  6. David and Anne-Mari de Pelham :

    We are thinking of you and extending deepest sympathy. We will miss Eunice. She has been a wonderful friend and neighbor.

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  7. Joe and Amy Amabili of Langley, BC :

    We were so sad to hear of Eunice’s passing. We were her neighbour’s while living on Evergreen Rise and she and Sam were wonderful neighbours. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this sad time. We remember seeing Eunice, Sam and the family on a few occasions at Priddis Green for Easter brunch. God bless you all.

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  8. Allan and Monique Tritthardt :

    Brian, Keith, and Diane,
    Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. We introduced my Mom and Dad to Eunice and Sam one Maui Holiday and we still talk about it. We had a great visit, a delicious BBQ, we will always have great memories of Eunice and Sam.
    Monique and Allan Tritthardt, and also from Cecile Brisson, (Monique’s Mom from Winnipeg)

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  9. Rick & Lesia Lawton, James Lawton & Meg Alexander, Katie Lawton & Cris Cacioppo :

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother/grandmother. Our hearts go out especially to Ashley and Lindsay during this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  10. Dear Brian, Donna and family, please accept our deepest condolences. It is so very hard to lose a parent, my dad just passed away two months ago so I do know what your going thru. With love Joan and family

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  11. Equi-Products :

    It is with great sadness that we hear of Eunice’s passing. She was a great part of the equine community and will be greatly missed.

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  12. Dave Johnson Jr. :

    Brian, Keith, Dianne and the entire Krausert family.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of loss. Although my time spent around Eunice was when I was a young boy living on Anderson Road, her vitality and warm spirit was something that I have always remembered and aspire to live up to.

    Dave Johnson Jr. and family
    Palm Harbor, Florida

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