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MONILAWS, Wilma Rowena (nee Lee)

November 25, 1923 – Big Valley, Alberta
January 26, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Wilma peacefully slipped away in the early hours of Monday, January 26, 2015, freed from pain and the debilitation of dementia. She leaves behind a legacy of grace, warm hospitality, good humour and love. Her family and friends will miss her sorely.

Born November 25, 1923 in Big Valley, AB, Wilma was the eighth child and seventh daughter of Nannie and Harry Lee.

Wilma and her husband Murray loved travelling and entertaining… their Stampede Breakfasts were a much anticipated, long-standing tradition! They were founding members of Renfrew United Church and Wilma was active there until recently.

Wilma is loved and survived by “her girls” Valerie White and husband Alex, and Marlene Monilaws. Also recipients of her devotion are grandchildren: Kyle White and wife Kristie, their children, Cadence and Edison, and Ashlie White. In addition, Wilma is survived by her brother Bob Lee and wife Edna, two sisters, Phyllys Jensen and Joan Litzenberger, as well as numerous relatives in the Lee and Monilaws families. She was predeceased by her parents, seven of her siblings, her infant granddaughter, Lindsay, and her beloved husband, Murray.

Funeral Services to honour and remember Wilma will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Renfrew United Church in Wilma’s memory, 956 Radnor Avenue N.E. Calgary, AB T2E 5H5. Special thanks and appreciation go out to the dedicated staff at Mayfair Care Centre where Wilma was a resident for the past eight months.

In living memory of Wilma Monilaws, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. colleen seeberger :

    Our hearts ache for all of you at this time.

    Heartfelt Sympathy

    Frank, Colleen & Karen

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  2. Jane & Gerard Dawe :

    Our condolences to the Monilaws family with the loss of their Mom, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Wilma will forever be in our thoughts, we loved her sense of humour and her kind disposition, it was great having her as a neighbour and friend. Jane & Gerard

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  3. Marilynne Marshall :

    Valerie, Marlene and family

    When I think of your mother, I mostly remember how she was able to make me laugh ” Holy dog face ” ! She was a wonderful woman, and certainly made a positive impact on my life, as I’m sure she did with many others. My thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.

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  4. I’m very sorry for the loss of your mom. She was always such an energetic and sweet person and I know you all will miss her terribly.

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  5. To Valerie, Marlene and families,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a vibrant, loving person and I know you’ll all miss her very much. I remember her fondly.

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