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McINTOSH, Gloria Mildred (nee Muzyka)

Gloria died peacefully at the Beverly Centre Lake Midnapore in Calgary, on the 3rd day of August, 2012 at 90 years of age. She was the beloved wife of Dr. Homer E. McIntosh, who predeceased her in 1997. She was the loving mother of Mary Lynne Hamilton (Douglas) and Rick (Marianne), and the cherished grandmother of Jeff and Karen. She was a devoted aunt to and will be fondly remembered by her eleven nieces and nephews. She is survived by her sister Nadie Snyder (the late Herb). Gloria was born on February 18, 1922 in Czabariwka, a small village in the Ukraine, the first of two daughters for Fred and Maria Muzyka. Her sister, Nadie, was born in 1925. In 1926, her father immigrated to Canada and Gloria, her sister and their mother followed in 1928. The family settled in Vegreville, Alberta. After graduating from high school in 1940, Gloria moved east to attend the Dental Nursing School at the University of Toronto. There she met Homer, who was also at the University of Toronto in third-year dentistry. They were married in 1945 and moved to South Porcupine, Ontario, Homer’s hometown. While living there their two children were born: Mary Lynne in 1950 and Rick in 1954. While Homer undertook two years of post-graduation training in oral surgery in Washington D.C. the family lived there for those two years. They then moved to Ottawa, where they lived for the next forty years. Gloria and Homer moved to Calgary in 1996. While living in Ottawa, Gloria resumed her education, indulging her lifelong enjoyment of learning. She attended Carleton University and completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Russian and Sociology. For many years thereafter, she continued to enjoy auditing courses in children’s literature, short stories, Canadian literature and history, anthropology and mythology. Gloria was an active volunteer with the United Church Women’s association at Rideau Park United Church, and at the Ottawa Children’s Aid Society, the May Court, the CNIB and a local library. She also taught Sunday school for several years. Gloria and her husband loved and enjoyed many years of curling, first in South Porcupine and then in Ottawa at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club. They also enjoyed square dancing and frequently attended the regular Saturday night dinner dances at the Hunt Club. Gloria had a gentle and loving manner, and was always gracious and generous. She had a good sense of humour and loved to laugh; she taught and led by example; she was happy and optimistic and truly believed that the glass was always half full. She will be sorely missed by her family, her friends and all those whose lives she touched along the way. The family gives special thanks to Ria Alles, Gloria’s loving and devoted caregiver of almost ten years. The family also gives sincere thanks to the staff of the Chaparral Unit of the Beverly Centre Lake Midnapore for the compassion shown to Gloria and to her family over the years and especially in the last few months of Gloria’s life. Visitation will be held at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa on Friday, August 10, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the Funeral Service in the Pinecrest Remembrance Chapel at 2:00 p.m. Following the funeral service there will be a private burial, after which the family will rejoin the gathering for a reception at Pinecrest. In lieu of flowers, a donation made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada or a library or charity of your choice would be sincerely appreciated. Online condolences can be made at www.colefuneralservices.com.

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