January 27, 1957 – Wassenaar, Netherlands
March 23, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta
Ariana, beloved wife of Stuart Mooney of Calgary, passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the age of 57 years.
Ariana Elizabeth Nelemans was born January 27, 1957 in Wassenaar, The Netherlands. Ariana was the youngest of five children and Ariana’s mother died when Ariana was three years old. Ariana loved her friends and her country but she decided that Canada presented opportunity and adventure. In 1976, when she was 19 years old, with the support of her sister, Ariana immigrated to Canada. She moved to Vancouver where she took a room at the YWCA, found work and started to build a new life.
In the summer of 1981 Ariana and Stuart met and fell in love. They moved to Toronto in 1984 and married in 1987. She pursued a career in property management, raised three boys and created a home for the family. Summers on Georgian Bay and the West Coast, travel, great friends and love were enjoyed by Ariana and shared with her family. In 2001 the family moved to Calgary where Ariana created a new home and friends. With life revolving around family, home, hockey, skiing and summers on the coast, Ariana proudly navigated her three boys through life. In 2009 she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Ariana dealt with cancer with the same resolve, grace and beauty that exemplified her life.
As early as kindergarten, Ariana developed and maintained friendships that have stayed the course of time. Her loyalty, commitment and joy of life have touched many people. Losing Ariana leaves a chasm in the lives of Stuart, Stuart, Michael and Steven. Her memory will bind us together, while her attitude and approach to life will guide us in the future. Ariana and I are eternally grateful for the tremendous support we received from everyone including nurses, doctors, friends and family who have done so much for our children and us.
A Funeral Service and Celebration of Ariana’s Life will be held at the Calgary Winter Club (4611 14th Street NW, Calgary, AB) on Thursday, March 27 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. 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.
In living memory of Ariana Mooney, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences