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LOUDEN, Betty Marie (nee Christensen)

February 12, 1925 – September 25, 2011

Betty Louden, beloved wife of Bob of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at the age of 86 years.

Betty was born in Chancellor, AB in 1925, the youngest of five children of Ed and Marie Christensen. Her farm childhood gave her an enduring love of nature and the outdoors. She grew to love hiking and mountain climbing and was a founding member of the Canadian Youth Hostel Association and an active member of the Skyline Hikers of the Canadian Rockies. Betty graduated from the Calgary Normal School in 1944 and began her career as a teacher. She taught grades one to nine in one-room school houses for three years in rural communities surrounding Calgary. Then she moved into the city, and taught grade one before retiring from teaching in 1978. She taught the English component of the first English-French bilingual program in Calgary in the early seventies. Betty married Bob Louden in 1952. Betty and Bob and their family enjoyed countless picnics, hikes, and camping trips in the mountains. Betty always expressed a strong connection to the land, and she was thrilled to be able to get away “to the wilderness” in the years that she and Bob owned an acreage near Sundre and later a cabin in the Kananaskis. Betty’s family was important to her. She enjoyed good relationships with everyone in her extended family across the generations. She loved nothing more than family gatherings and staying in touch with everyone. Betty loved people and made many good friends through her involvement in numerous associations over the years. She was creative and artistic. Betty enjoyed watercolour painting and, in recent years, landscape quilting. She was a member of the Alberta Society of Artists and became a sought-after fibre arts instructor.

Betty is survived by her husband Bob; daughter Colleen Lemire (Dave); granddaughters, Janet and Karen; son Blair (Carol Ann); grandsons, Austin and Evan; her brother Howard; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was in inspiration to all of us, and we will remember her as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, tante (aunt), and friend.

Friends and relatives are invited to a social gathering in Betty’s honour at MINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers and cards, a donation may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements in care of McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH. TELEPHONE: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Dave & Tracy Christensen :

    Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

    Love Dave and Tracy Christensen

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  2. Jack and Wendy Williams :

    We were very sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She lived an exemplary life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

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  3. Saghir and Pauline Ansari :

    Bob; We are deeply saddened by your loss. Please extend our deepest sympathies.

    Saghir and Pauline ANSARI

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  4. Diane Stewart (Gingras) :

    Bob, my deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your wife and best friend.

    Diane

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  5. Allan Mogridge MRAIC :

    To Bob and and all concerned It is with sadness that I noted the passing of your wife Betty. She obviously led a very fulfilling life. I was also involved in the Youth Hostels where I was very involved from the age of 10 until the war. We also met at one of the Manor Village meetings a few years ago.

    My deepest sympathy

    Allan (Bud) Mogridge

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  6. Ross and Lindley McDougall :

    Bob, Please accept our sincere condolences, to you and to your family, on the passing of your wife. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  7. Bob….I’ m very sorry to hear that you have lost your wife….my sincere condolences….Art Balfour

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  8. We are really sorry to know that dear Betty has left us. I am the Returning Officer for the election on Saturday Cct. 1st and so will not be able to attend the memorial. Our condolences to the family and we pray that Betty’s soul may rest in eternal peace – Amen
    Farida & Esmail Dawood

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  9. Hello Bob. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family,

    Bieny Pryor (van Ringen)

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  10. Lorie (Manor Village Housekeeping) :

    Bob: Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family on Betty’s passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time. She was a lovely lady. Take care of yourself.

    Regards, Lorie A.

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  11. Sylvia Anderson :

    With Caring Thoughts to Bob and Family
    We enjoyed having Betty as our friend and Horizon Village Varsity neighbor for a number of years.
    Betty’s artistic talents were appreciated and admired.
    Sincerely Gordon and Sylvia Anderson

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  12. Jean, Jim & Jessica Buckner (Abbey) :

    Dear Bob,
    May you have comfort in knowing that the ‘Bridge Club’ will be waiting with open arms. As a family, we had many great memories with your family, our New Years eve bashes, hikes in Sundre. We are so sorry for your loss and our prayers are with you , Colleen & Blair.

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  13. To Betty’s Family,

    I am sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. We have lost a truly beautiful person. I was privileged to meet Betty when she came to my home to teach us Landscape Quilting. I had gathered friends together and we had a glorious day talking of colours in nature and creating our own “picture”. I smile as I look at this piece of art I created for I am not a sewer or quilter. It hangs proudly in my dining room. Now it means even more to me and I shall place Betty’s Obit behind the creation so that my family will “know” Betty.

    Many Blessings on your journey through this sad time.

    Sincerely,

    Val Goodrow

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  14. Mary and Don James :

    Dear Bob,
    We were saddened to hear of Betty’s passing and are deeply sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and your family.

    Mary & Don James

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  15. Terry & Sheila Dexter :

    To Bob, Colleen, Blair and your families:
    We send our love and deepest sympathy to you all. Betty taught David in Gr. 1 and was a great contributor to our community, especially guides and scouts.
    I also am the proud owner of two beautiful quilted pictures that she made. So sorry we cannot attend the gathering on Saturday because we are leaving on a 3 week trip tomorrow.

    A special hug for you Colleen from Sheila
    Kind Regards, Terry & Sheila

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  16. Betty will be sadly missed, a life long friend since age of 4. She was like a sister to me. We shared many happy times and I just loved her dearly.

    Jane Hegi

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  17. Greg and Judith Cox & family :

    Betty was a special spirit, loved her art quilts. We always looked forward to seeing her quilts hanging in the Roundup Centre at the Calgary Stampede. You could always tell how proud she was of this province and country. Our love and thoughts go out to you at this time.

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  18. Bob: Very sorry to hear about Betty. I will always remember my first residents and how much Betty use to love the room service
    Darryl Downs

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  19. Darrel MacDonald :

    Bob and Family.

    I just wanted to pass on my condolences and sympathy on the passing of your wife. I only met Betty a few times but I have know you for a long time going back to the days when you worked in the Payroll dept at Amoco for my Dad (Mel) and the likes of great people like Shirley C, Holland L, Dennis L, and Willard M.

    Over the next few days and weeks you will have many memories of all the good times you spent with Betty.

    “Remembering the person you have loved allows you to slowly heal. Healing does not mean you will forget. Actually it means you will remember.”

    Take Care.
    Darrel

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  20. Elizabeth and Andy Pap :

    Please accept our deepest symphaty at the passing of Betty, a wonderful and most remarkable lady.

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  21. Dear Bob and Family,

    I was saddened when I heard that Betty had died, even though I believe that she no longer enjoyed life.

    I’ll always remember Betty’s outgoing nature, sense of humor, and beautiful art work.(I have a piece of it).

    May you find comfort and peace.

    I shall make a donation to St. David’s United Church in memory of Betty.

    Glenna Gorrill

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  22. Muriel Veldhoen :

    My sincerest condolences to Betty’s family. As a quilter I will always remember her inspiring disposition and sense of humor.
    Muriel Veldhoen

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  23. Gloria S. and Merlin B. Brinkerhoff :

    Dear Bob and Family,
    We are currently in Idaho at Gloria’s Mom’s place; Elizabeth Dunn phoned us with the news about Betty. We knew when we left Calgary that she had been readmitted to the hospital.
    We feel that we have really lost a “special person”, and we know that you feel that your heart has been ripped out. We also know that she was hurting and tired of fighting her illness. She was a “super” lady who gave us a lot of fun times, good crits, and showed a lot of strength.
    We will all miss her a great deal.
    Take care of yourself,
    Gloria and Merlin

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  24. Losing Betty is such a loss. She was always such a sincere and wonderful friend. A fantastic artist, too. Love and sympathy to Bob and the rest of her family. Love from Betty’s Earth Angel

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  25. Jim Zackowski and Judith :

    Bob I was saddened when Walter H. mentioned to me last week that Betty was not doing well.

    Please accept our sincere condolences, I do know you two were a team, and your loss will be heartfelt.

    Give us a call, would love to meet for coffee sometime … I will always treasure the little hanging quilt that Betty gave me during my hostelling days.

    Much love and respect, Jim and Judith

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  26. Keith and Donna(Sanden) Nelson :

    Dear Blair and Carol Ann…..
    Your Mom was such a fine lady! She was so gifted and kept her life so “full”. She was an inspiration to all! I always was in awe of her quilted landscapes!
    We are not able to join you for your Mom’s coffee due to a commitment with Dad(Clifford) but know our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers are with your Dad, your sister and her family, and of course, with you and your boys.
    With our Love and Hugs
    Keith and Donna(Sanden) Nelson

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  27. Rod & Betty Dreveny :

    Dear Bob
    Our deepest sympathy on your loss.
    We had only met Betty in recent years but we certainly always enjoyed our visits with her at alumni functions.
    We hope you can find comfort in memories of your many many happy times together.
    Rod and Betty Dreveny

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  28. Mavis Marteinson :

    For Bob, Colleen and Blair – my thoughts and feelings are with you in your loss of Betty. She was extraordinary. I always remember her patience when, as ann adult, I took music lessons with her. She led life to the fullest.

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  29. Duncan Lindsay :

    Thinking of you Bob, sorry.
    Dunk.

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  30. Dear Bob,

    Lynn, Nathaniel, and I will miss Betty: she was a lovely, warm, enthusiastic, supportive, and talented woman who was always generous and kind to us. She was a crucial part of our lives, and we’ll remember her with love forever.

    Much love,
    Andrew, Lynn, and Nathaniel.

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