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McNEILL – Heather Anne (nee Hueston)

February 6, 1940 – December 22, 2010

Heather Anne McNeill (nee Hueston) passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at Rosedale Hospice after a brave and inspiring battle with metastatic breast cancer.

Heather was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on February 6, 1940 but spend most of her adult life in Calgary. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She was predeceased by an infant son James Alan in 1966. She is lovingly remembered by her three children, Scott, Kent and Paige (Corey); five grandchildren, Alannah, Allyssa, Connor, Sloan, and Thayne; as well as her sister Gillian Dickin.

Heather was a teacher for many years. She loved her work and was especially drawn to teaching students who were learning English as a Second Language. Heather loved cooking and enjoyed sharing her delicious creations with family and friends. Her skills were especially appreciated when it came to baking cookies. Hers were works of art! Heather was a lover of words. She enjoyed reading and the theatre. She had a passion for playing cards and games of all kinds (sometimes until the wee hours of the morning).

Over the five years since her diagnosis, Heather participated in a variety of resources for people with cancer. She was delighted to have met so many wonderful people she would not have met otherwise. Heather found herself discovering new passions and developing skills in new areas like photography and journaling. Her creativity, courage and grace inspired others and she became a role model for others facing illness/cancer. Heather was a remarkable friend to many people. She was an attentive listener and a caring supporter. She has so many people she can truly call “friends”.

Many thanks to the friends who provided love, care and strength to Heather throughout her illness. Thanks, as well, to Dr. Ruether, Dr. Pickering and the nursing staff at the Tom baker Cancer Center, Wellspring, Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group (BEST group) and Rosedale Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, Heather asked that you take a friend to lunch and share your feelings for them. Should family and friends wish to make a memorial tribute, please direct your donations to Wellspring Calgary, 1404 Home Road N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 1G7, Telephone: (403) 521-5292, or to the Rosedale Hospice #920 – 7A Street NW, Calgary, AB T2M 3J3 Telephone: (403) 284 – 5195.

A Celebration of Heather’s Life will be held in the Skyline Room of the Calgary Winter Club (4611 – 14th Street NW) on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Heather McNeill, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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    Dear Scott, Kent, Paige and Gillian,

    I was very sorry to hear of Heather’s passing. She was brave yet realistic in facing the cancer. You all were a source of support and love during the past 5 years, and I know it must have been difficult for you to be “strong”. We will all miss her phone calls and e-mails, her presence at gatherings (especially playing games), her friendship and her cookies.


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  2. Kathleen McDonnell :

    What a priviledge to have known such an amazing lady who enriched my life with her fun and her caring. By her example she inspired me to be a better teacher, a better cook and a better friend. Some years ago when my brother passed away, Heather sent me a card which I always kept close as the words really spoke to me and now I give them back to you:
    “Though the ones we love may leave life as we know it, in our memory, the love we knew will always carry on.”

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  3. Myrna Stanford and Chinook LINC :

    Heather was one of early volunteers in our ESL program at Chinook Learning’s LINC program. She loved the students and they loved her right back. she brought many gifts to the program, particularly her ability to truly listen to and encourage individuals. As a staff, we loved her and appreciated her commitment and dedication. I will always remember the ray of light and sunshine that seemed to accompany her whenever she walked into the office or a classroom. A little over a year ago, after she had reluctantly given up her work with us because of her illness, I met her at the Honens Piano Competition. Although she was a little thinner, her smile was as warm as ever and that light still emanated from her lovely eyes. It was pure pleasure to be in her presence again. She was a truly beautiful person. On behalf of Chinook LINC, please accept our sympathy and know that we will always think of her with gratitude for her work and admiration for the woman that she was. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

    Myrna Stanford
    Volunteer Coordinator, Chinook Learning Services LINC Program

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  4. I send my deepest condolences in the loss of your mother and grandmother Heather McNeill. I first met Heather when I was teaching ESL. Heather was a wonderful colleague and teacher. She introduced me to Pat, her hairdresser. Heather always had a positive attitude and her students loved her. When she first taught at Belvedere Parkway I subsitituted in her classroom. She always left detailed plans. Heather had a great sense of humour.
    She dressed very attractively. I know you will miss this amazing, gorgeous lady.

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