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McINTOSH – Helen Doreen Thurley (nee Simkins)

July 28, 1925– January 15, 2011

Helen McIntosh, beloved wife of Lawrie McIntosh of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at the age of 85 years.

Helen was born Cartierville, QC. In her first marriage, before being widowed Helen was an army wife who lived in many cities in Canada as well as overseas. She loved her grandchildren and the great grandchildren. She also spent a lot of time volunteering at The Kirby Centre as well as appearing in some of their fashion shows. Helen loved to dance and she and Lawrie used to go dancing almost every Saturday night. That is were they met. She will be missed by all her family.

Besides her loving husband, Helen is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Don Kewley; two sons Ron O’Grady and David O’Grady and his wife Ebi; step-children, Cameron McIntosh and Wanda and her husband Jeff Weber; grandchildren, Kris Kewley and his wife Rebecca, Allyson and her husband Paul Matchett, Jon Kewley and his wife Megan, Kevin O’Grady, Randy O’Grady, Kinsey Weber and Kylie Weber; great-grandchildren, Sophia Hunter, Elizabeth and Scarlett Kewley. She was predeceased by her first husband Charlie O’Grady in 1993 and her sister Ethel Dorrell in 2007.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Thursday, January, 20, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the War Amputations of Canada, National Headquarters, 2827 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON K1V 0C4, or directly to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 15 Colonel Baker Place N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 4Z3 Telephone: (403) 261-7219.

In living memory of Helen McIntosh a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Maureen connors :

    Sharon & family – My deepest sympathies to you all on the loss of your mother – may all your precious memories serve as a comfort to you during the difficult days ahead.

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  2. Valerie Knowles and Brenda Robertson :

    Dear Lawrie, Sharon, Ron and David: Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Lawrie’s beloved Helen. And Sharon, Ron and David: in the loss of your mother. Aunt Doreen, as we knew her, was a beloved sister to our mother Ethel. We remember the tremendous excitement when Aunt Doreen and family returned from a posting in Germany and family visits to various Canadian locations resumed. Aunt Doreen carried on her father’s talent in painting. (Doreen and Ethel’s father was one of the first x-ray technicians in Canada). Ballroom dancing was another outlet for Aunt Doreen’s creativity and with her everyday perfect posture and preference for swirling skirts, it was always easy to picture her gliding across a dance floor with Lawrie. When Aunt Doreen met Lawrie she sparkled like a young woman and it is wonderful they shared recent years happily together.
    Two very close sisters who once sailed to England on the Mauritana to visit their mother’s family are now reunited and at peace.
    Love Valerie and Brenda

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  3. Joan Siversky & staff at Scotiabank Laurier :

    Sharon & family, We are saddened to hear of the passing of your Mom. We hope you will find some solace in the wonderful memories of times spent together with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our sincere sympathies. Your friends at Laurier

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