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LANG, Janet (Jenny) Gillies (nee Whiteford)

October 22, 1920 – Shotts, Scotland
March 5, 2015 – Didsbury, Alberta

Jenny Lang went to join her Lord on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the age of 94 years.

The last of the original Whitefords who immigrated to Canada, Jenny was born in Shotts, Scotland on October 22, 1920 to Janet and Robert Whiteford. When svhe was 8 years old, Robert moved the entire family to Canada to find a better life. They settled on a farm west of Olds, Alberta. Jenny went to Waterside and Hainstock schools with her two brothers, Bob and Jim and later her new sister and brother, Mary and David.

Jenny entered Olds College in Domestic Science and after graduation remained there on staff for a number of years. In the summers she worked in Lake Louise at Deer Lodge, where she met Carl Lang. Jenny and Carl married December 29, 1941. They lived on the West Coast during the war, where Carl was stationed with the RCAF. After the war, they moved to Calgary where Carl worked as a painter. Jenny was very active in the community and with the Calgary Curling Club. Jenny and Carl loved to travel in their small motor home, and after they retired, on longer trips to Hawaii. They lived in their home in Renfrew until Carl passed away.

While she had no children, Jenny kept a well-stocked toy basket for young visitors. She loved hosting family occasions and Christmas Eve would find three generations of aspiring entertainers singing carols and old songs in her living room. Jenny could yodel up a storm and had a beautiful singing voice. Even in her later years, Jenny would sing out hymns at church services.

Jenny left behind family and friends who will remember her with smiles and love. Her nieces Frances and Gail and her grand-niece Allison will miss her. Special thanks go to her cousin Joyce for making sure that she was in good hands in her later years and to her special friend Helen.

Jenny was predeceased by her husband Carl; her parents Janet and Robert Whiteford; her brothers, Robert, James, and David; and her sister Mary.

Jenny will be missed. Hers was a life well lived.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Janet Lang, 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. Gail, Allison, & Frankie,
    We would like to extend our sincere sympathy on the passing of Jenny. She was a good friend to all of us. We enjoyed many happy occassions with Jenny. She was a very positive person and enhanced many of our family get togethers. Jenny lived a long and productive life for which we can be thankful. We will remember her fondly in the years to come.
    Tom and Jan Bates
    Dennis Feldberg
    Ray & Marj Rusten
    Jim Fleitman

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  2. Jim & Elaine Macartney :

    Jenny was a great friend to mom, Olga Macartney. They went to Olds College together and worked together at Deer Lodge. She and Carl and my mom & dad, Olga & Ray were best of friends had many happy times up at Lake Louise, including their weddings. Any time we visited Jenny & Carl we usually ended up with a round trip to Banff with Jenny as navigator and chief candy officer and Carl the obedient driver. Even in later years our visits to see Jenny were always enjoyable.
    We will always remember and respect Jenny. You have our deepest condolences.

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  3. Sincere condolences to the family and Joyce.

    Charlie and Donna Watt
    Balzac, AB

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  4. david inglis :

    My cousin.

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