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MCFETRIDGE, Edith Isobel

November 13, 1919 – Boissevain, MB
September 25, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Edith Isobel McFetridge(nee Johnson) passed away peacefully at Southwood Hospice in Calgary in her 93rd year surrounded by family and friends.

Beloved wife of Doug McFetridge MD (deceased 1990) she will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Elizabeth and sons Tim (Linda) and Greg (Maureen), eight grandchildren, Patrick (Anne), Michael (Nora), Katy (Chris), Chris O’Grady, Tim O’Grady (Allison) and Stephen (Stephanie), Scott and Andrew and ten great-grandchildren.

Edith never forgot her roots in Manitoba where she grew up. She graduated as an RN from the Winnipeg General Hospital and immediately thereafter joined the Canadian Army to serve in England during World War II. She returned to Manitoba to await her husband’s return form overseas. They then settled in Alberta, and eventually in Lacombe where she made many friends over a 60 year period. Edith was an active volunteer, town councillor, golfer, curler and played many hands of bridge. She was an avid reader and had a lifelong passion for music, whether as a listener of classical music or a Latin beat or as a pianist, organist, music teacher and choir director. She enjoyed watching football, hockey and in particular curling, but choosing between a Manitoba or Alberta team was always a dilemma. She was a lifelong learner. She had a genuine interest in the lives of family and friends. Most of all, she was the well loved matriarch of a large family and set the bar high by example.

Edith spent her last few years living in Calgary at the Chateau Renoir. She embraced her new life there with dignity and grace, making new friends and enjoying city life. Thank you to the staff at Rockyview Hospital and the Southwood Hospice. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Provincial Office, Sun Life Place, 710, 10123 – 99th Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1 Telephone: 1(866) 412-4222 or Parkinson Society of Alberta, 11748 Kingsway N.W. Edmonton, AB T5G 0X5 (780) 425-6400 Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Edith McFetridge, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200

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  1. If this is the same Mrs.Mcfetridge who taught music at Robert Rundle Elementary in St.Albert in the 70’s, she could pound on a piano like nobody I have ever seen. They would sometimes move the piano upstairs into the gym for concerts, (from the basement, which was the music room), and the whole place would shake. Literally rumble. She sort of resembled the actress Lauren Bacall, and would play with a 1940’s style fervour.

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  2. A wonderful person longtime friend one of my loyalist customers but a friend first

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  3. Jacqueline Donoghue :

    I met Edith over a year ago when I came to live at Chateau Renoir. Every day Edith would appear beautifully dressed with a flair to match her elegance. She was a lady of refinement and intelligence with a sense of humour who, even when her health was failing, maintained her dignity. She was very kind to me. I miss her for she was so much like my mother, another slim, elegant, intelligent lady who played the piano.
    Jacqueline Donoghue.

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