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LONG, Lois Eileen

July 5, 1929 – April 9, 2013

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, Lois Eileen Long, on April 9 at the Beverly Care Centre. Lois died peacefully in her sleep after a long battle with COPD.

Lois was born in Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan in 1929, the second in a family of four and the only girl. Lois was a child of the Great Depression and carried the lessons of that period for a lifetime: thrift, self-reliance, and family values. Lois grew up in Wood Mountain and Estevan, Saskatchewan before attending the nursing school at the Regina General Hospital, where she graduated in 1950. It was during her initial time as a nurse at the Regina General that she met a patient and her future husband Ross. Ross and Lois were married in 1951 and lived in Regina until 1959 when Ross was transferred by Sohio Petroleum to Calgary, where they made their home for the last fifty-four years. Ross and Lois celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in Calgary in May, 2001, shortly before Ross’ death in June of that year.

Lois had many passions in her life, including curling, beekeeping, gardening, crossword puzzles, mystery novels, and following the ups and downs of the Calgary Flames. She was an ardent fan and long-time season ticket holder and always had an opinion on the best way to improve the team! She also had a lifelong love of learning and a sense of adventure that she passed on to her children. She may not have always been thrilled with the adventures they chose but she always encouraged them to pursue their passions. She was quiet, reserved, and was ready to give advice with a gentle hand when asked. She was a constant source of strength and encouragement for both friends and family. Although her health began to fail her in the last year of her life, she never lost her spark or spirit. She will be missed terribly and remembered fondly.

Lois is survived by her children, Judy, Doug (Nancy), James (Pat) and Dan (Stephanie); eight grandchildren; as well as her brother Rick; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. She was predeceased by her husband Ross; her brothers Bernie and David; and her parents Kathleen and Oscar.

A Celebration of Lois’ Life will be held at the Calgary Golf and Country Club (1 1/2 blocks west of the intersection of Elbow Drive and 50 Avenue S.W.) on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. Family, friends, and neighbours are encouraged to attend and to bring pictures, stories, and fond memories. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566 – 5864. www.ab.lung.ca.

In living memory of Lois Long, 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. Zoe Heath and Family :

    Dan, Judy, Doug, James and the entire Long Family,
    We send our sincere condolences from Guelph, Ontario. Lois was a beautiful and kind woman and I feel so lucky to have known her. It meant the world to me that she would take the time to send a hand written note or card. She always made the effort to keep in touch and ask after the girls. The kind of woman, Mother and Grandmother that others loved to be around. We have a beautiful hand painted ornament that we hang on our Christmas tree each year. It is from Lois. I will cherish it forever, as I will my memory of her. You will be missed Lois! We send our love to the entire family back in Calgary.
    Zoe, Jake, Abigail and Matilda xo

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  2. Joyce Raymond :

    Dear Judy, Jim and Dan,
    We were very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. We have lots of warm memories from our visits to the farm at Irricana with your family. You are in our thoughts.
    Sincerely, Joyce, Sharon, Marcia and Janine

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  3. Kathlie Symington :

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of Lois’s family members.

    I played bridge with Lois on Wednesday evenings for approximately 20 years and she was always courteous and helpful to all the girls.

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  4. (Dr) Kyra Simmons :

    To the family of Lois Long:

    My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your lovely mom. She was so bright and intelligent, and so gracious in the face of her awful disease. I am sorry for your loss.

    Kyra Simmons

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  5. Lorri (Bates) Melnyk :

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. She was a real sweetie. We need more people like her.

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  6. Ritha Johnson, Ken, Patty, Debbie & Linda :

    Lois represented the values of the era she lived in. Family always came first and the family unit was sacred. She and her mother were one of a kind and my family and I were honored to have known them and been a part of their lives.
    Rest in peace my friend.

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  7. Anita Strilchuk :

    Lois and I curled together at the Acadia Curling club. She made so many super shots and was always a great team member. We also went to bonspiels or together to watch curling. She was a great lady and a good friend. My sympathies to all the family
    Anita Strilchuk

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  8. Joyce Raymond :

    Dear Doug,

    Please accept our apologies for your name being missed in our previous condolences. You are all in our thoughts, we have many fond memories of your mom’s kindness to our family.

    Sincerely, Joyce, Sharon, Marcia and Janine

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  9. Vivian & Gerry Beach :

    We were friends for over 60 years. Went on family picnics together. Have many great memories of our fun times. Played bridge with her as well. I will dearly miss Lois. Condolences to all the family. Our prayers are with you.
    Love, Gerry & Vivian

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  10. Helen Weissenborn :

    Dear Judy, Doug, Jim, Daniel and families,
    Rick and family, I am sending my sincere sympathy for you on the death of your Lois. Lois was much like a sister to me. She was much loved and I will miss her.
    Love, Helen and Family

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  11. Doris Jenkins :

    Dear Judy, Doug, James, Dan and families,
    My deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of your beloved Lois . It is a difficult time for all. Please give my sympathy to Rick and his family
    Love, Doris Jenkins

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  12. Colleen (Booth) and Dennis Dunn :

    Sending love and sympathy during this difficult time.

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