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NOONAN, Ella Marie (nee Arseneau)

August 26, 1925 – October 7, 2011

Ella Noonan beloved mother of Brian and Brent, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 7, 2011 at the age of 86 years.

Ella was born in a farmhouse in rural New Brunswick. In her mid twenties, she met the love of her life Edward, a decorated war veteran, and career military man. In 1950 they were married in Regina, Saskatchewan. Edward and Ella travelled across Canada and Europe with the Canadian Armed Forces, raising two boys along the way. The family eventually made its way to Calgary in 1969. Edward retired from the military in 1977 and passed away suddenly in 1978. Ella maintained her career as an administrative assistant at CFB Calgary, retiring in 1990 at the age of 65. She was very active in various capacities at St. James Catholic Parish, and will be missed by all.

Ella is survived by her sons Brian (Janice) and Brent (Mari), two grandchildren Kyle and Amy, as well as her brother Lange Arseneau (Elise), sister Lucienne Boudreau (Ernest) and numerous nieces and nephews. Ella was predeceased by her loving husband Edward, mother Emina, father Lange; sisters Bella Vautier (Finton), Lauza Thompson (Bill), Bernadette Sweeney (Ernest), and brother Roy Arseneau (Frances).

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. James’ Catholic Church (5504 – 20th Street S.W.) on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. James’ Catholic Church (5504 – 20th Street S.W.) on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through
If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Carewest Sarcee Hospice, 3504 Sarcee Road SW Calgary, Alberta T3E 4T4.

In living memory of Ella Noonan, 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. Pat and Yvonne Harland :

    Dear Brian/Brent and families,

    I’m so grateful we had the opportunity to see Ella. Her death is a sorrow for us but she was very peaceful. She had a wonderful influence in our lives and it was a joy to know her. God Bless


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  2. Mike and Eileen (Harland) Fitzpatrick :

    I cannot remember a time when Ella was not a part of our family. Thinking of her I realize how much magic and joy she brought into our lives. I grew up believing that the term was “ella-gant” and had originated with her! She was a gracious, faithful and gentle person and we were all blessed to have her in our midst. Every time I think of her I will smile – she calmed and fascinated that tomboyish little kid from next door with wonderful things like sheepskin, shortbread, coloured sugar, barrels of monkeys, mysterious treasures called “knick knacks”, and candle-powered mobiles that move and sing all by themselves! She made every occasion a little extra special, from church to neighbourhood to backyard. The very best treats at Christmas, candied fruit and chocolate seashells; the simplest but most beautiful and heartfelt cards on every occasion, always signed with love…running over to get the newspaper often resulted in spontaneous invitations to tea…everything got a little extra special when Ella got involved. Everyone should be so lucky as to know someone with real grace, an appreciation for simple beauty and patience with clumsy, dusty neighbour children. God Bless you, Ella, we will miss you.

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  3. Elizabeth Tisseverasinghe :

    Ella has been a loyal friend to me since December 2003. That was when I first met her at St James Church Calgary. Ever since I met her she has been inquiring after
    my health & welfare. When I broke my wrist in Dec 2004, Ella was very helpful to me driving me around to buy groceries & such. I missed her at 5 pm mass since her surgery a couple of years ago, and will miss her dearly now that she has departed from all us. My Prayers with you dear Ella. May God Grant You Eternal Rest! My deepest sympathies to her sons & other family members.
    Eliziabeth Tisseverasinghe
    St James Court

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  4. Jack and Mary Chalmers :

    Our deepest sympathy. Ella was our good friend and a good neighbour.

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