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McDONALD, Edna May

March 28, 1928 – London, England
March 12, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

McDonald, Edna May passed away peacefully in Calgary on Thursday, March 12, 2015. She is now reunited with her beloved John Patrick “Pat” McDonald S/L RCAF (Ret’d) CD

Edna was born in Walworth, London, U.K. on March 28, 1928, the only child to Leonard & Dorothy Pike. As a young girl, she explored London, roller-skating to visit her many relatives who had businesses in the area. With the arrival of WWII, at the age of 13, Edna was evacuated, while the family endured, working through the London Blitz. Edna later reunited with them at Biggin Hill, Kent. At this time, she met her true love, Pat, an RCAF officer who had been posted there. Edna and Pat were married on February 14, 1946, and Edna earned the distinction of being ‘war bride #46,000’. She was one of the many brave brides to embark on a new life in Canada in order to join their Canadian spouses, landing at Pier 21 in Halifax in 1946. As an Officer’s wife, Edna lovingly supported Pat throughout his RCAF career and to her credit, raised 4 children at multiple postings over a 20 year period during which Edna and Pat forged many lifelong friendships. In 1967 Pat retired from the RCAF and the family relocated to England providing an opportunity for Edna to enjoy family time with her own parents. Having successfully tapped into her creative side, and with her family maturing, she returned to college in London to qualify in the arts of millinery and leatherwork. She was well known for her ability to produce top quality ‘haute couture’ accessories, fashioning hats for high society. Edna enjoyed sharing her knowledge and talents as a teacher of adult education for many years.

While continuing to nurture her family, her deepening commitment to the church allowed her to profess her faith as a member of the 3rd Order Carmelites at Aylesford Priory, Kent in 1990, becoming a lay nun. Enjoying travel, Edna would go on to organize many pilgrimages to shrines, the Holy Land and to Rome. As a last major migration, Pat and Edna opted to make their final home back in Canada to be nearer their children and grandchildren. Here, Edna shared her faith journey with many parishioners, frequently organizing pilgrimages to the U.S. and eastern Canada.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of sixty-three years, Pat, in 2009, Edna is survived by daughters Marlene (Rick) Wing, Kathie (Bob) Booth, Dana (Bernie) McIntosh and son Mike (Bernadine) McDonald. She is also remembered by her cherished family: Seth, Riley & Jocelyn Wing; Cameron & Olivia McIntosh; Tom (Holly) and Jeff Booth; Carina (Trevor) Huggins, Leigh (Sarah) McDonald; and great-grandchildren, Nevin Wing, Abby & Sam Booth and Brooke Huggins.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through A special thank you to the staff at Sarcee Hospice for providing Edna with a dignified, peaceful passing. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Edna’s memory to a Charity of your choice.

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  1. Shauna, Glenn & Marilyn :

    Dearest Dana and Family
    We send you deepest condolences on the passing of Edna – she was a vibrant and generous woman who will be much missed. We remember fondly the brunches we shared at Phil’s Diner, playing Shuffle Board and putting the jigsaw pieces in the wrong places! I always remember the wording on one of her flyers advertising a trip to Lourdes… do you? With all our love xxx

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  2. Dear McDonald Clan
    So sorry to hear of Edna’s passing. What an interesting life she lead. Her kindness shines in all of you. You are a very caring family. She will be missed by all at Phil’s.
    Take care

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  3. Godfrey & Maureen Hurst :

    Thanks to the folk who now live in Edna’s house, this morning we received the sad news of her passing. Unknowingly we sent her a Christmas card and, thanks to the current residents, who kindly sent us an email, we learned the sad news. We have many happy memories of times together with Pat & Edna when we lived opposite them in Orpington. Knowing her commitment to her faith we are sure that she will be happily reunited with Pat her beloved husband.

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