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NEWSOM, Louise (nee Miller-Sproule)

March 19, 1909 – April 7, 2012

Born Louisa Christina Sproule in a log cabin on a homestead in the Jarvis Bay District of Bashaw Alberta. She is survived by sons Robert Miller (Betty), Gordon Miller (Florence), daughter Barbara Biles, daughter–in-law Pam Miller, nineteen grandchildren, fifty one great grandchildren and twenty two great great-grandchildren, her sisters, Lena Stanford, Jean De Leeuw and her brother, George Sproule, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her first husband Robert Miller, daughter Sheila Lea, son James Miller, and her second husband Ron Newsom. Most of her working life was at Miller Hardware in Bashaw and later in three different hardware outlets in Calgary. Louise was an avid curler. She was president of the Bashaw Women’s Curling Club and skipped a rink at Calgary’s Big Four until she was 89. She was instrumental in starting the Bashaw Flower and Garden Show, was convener of the Bashaw Cemetery Committee, president of the Bashaw W.I. and was a District Honoured Royal Lady for the Order of Elks. During her retirement years she travelled extensively with her husband Ron Newsom. She was Nannie to her grandchildren, was the center of many family gatherings and had a particular affection for cottage life at Pelican Point. She will be greatly missed by family and all who knew her.

A Celebration of Louise’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the charity of your choice. A special thanks to her caregivers at Bow View Manor.

In living memory of Louise Newsom 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. Don and Marie Mulchinock :

    Aunt Louise had a very full life, we are so sad on her passing, thoughts and prayers to all her family.

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  2. Tish & Jim Kendrick & Family :

    We are thinking of all of the family. What an amazing life and lady – 103.

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  3. Mary sproule manuel :

    Offering condolences from all our family, and guessing Louise would hope this next memorial party goes good!!! (like the other four around her recent birthday, eh! wow!) Sent card via Gordon… love from Mary

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  4. Michael Newsom :

    Condolences to the Miller family on the passing of your Mother and Nannie

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  5. To the family of Louise Newsom;

    We knew Louise and Ron through our involvement as fellow executive members of the Calgary Elks and Royal Purple.

    It was our pleasure and privilege to work with them over the many years in the extensive projects promoted by the respective lodges.

    Their contribution was appreciated by the community.

    May they rest in peace.

    Regards;

    Arrigo and Mary Chiste
    ________________________________________

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  6. Bob & Sandra Kelly :

    We offer our condolences to you and your family on the lose of grandmother. We should all get a full life like her, but it never makes it easier when they pass. It would seem she lived a very full life.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Bob & Sandra

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  7. Sandra Hunter/Ernie Sundset :

    Our sincerest condolences to all the Miller family on the passing of Louise. 103! Such an amazing life! We, too, have very fond memories of Miller Hardware and good times at the cabins at Pelican Point. Our thoughts are with you. Apologies that I cannot attend the service on Saturday.

    Sandra

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