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LEE – Viola (Babe) Catherine (nee Ramsdell)

November 7, 1916 – January 1, 2011

Viola (Babe) Lee (nee Ramsdell) passed away on Saturday, January 1, 2011. She was 94.

Viola was predeceased by her husband Edwin in September 2010. She was a great and wonderful person and will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Dianne McGrath (Bob); son Dennis; grandchildren, Leanne McKay (Ken), Dean McGrath (Lisa), Robin Lee, and Joel Lee (Carolyn); and great grandchildren, Kyle, Luke, Aleya, and Morgan.

Babe was born in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan. Prior to her marriage she enjoyed working in Assiniboia and Mossbank after which she assisted in nursing at the Weyburn Hospital. On August 1, 1942, she married Edwin, the love of her life, in Brandon, Manitoba. She enjoyed a very social and active life traveling around Canada and the United States during Ed’s career in the Air Force and she became a resident of Calgary in 1968. Upon Ed’s second retirement they both spent many years enjoying the winter months in Mesa, Arizona. Many thanks to the wonderful care she was given by the staff from Larkspur at the Extendicare Cedar Villas.

A Celebration of Viola’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Viola’s honour may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email

In living memory of Viola (Babe) Lee, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Auntie Babe was always full of fun – she lived life to the fullest enjoying her friends, her relatives, her card games and yes, her afternoon libation. She was also a little scary, at least when I was younger, because she was always honest and “told it like she saw it”. However the most outstanding memory for me is her relationship with Uncle Ed. They were definitely a close couple – knowledgeable about each other’s wishes and happy together. I know that they are reunited, enjoying a good laugh and making plans for some upcoming trip – at least that is how I will remember them! We are so grateful that we visited Auntie Babe and Uncle Ed in April. Bob, Brynn & I will be thinking of you all on Monday.

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