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PARNHAM, Elizabeth

On July 2, 2014, with great sadness, we announce the death of Elizabeth (Betty) Parnham, the beloved wife of Douglas and loving mother and Nona to Moira (Wayne), Kristen (Trent), Meredith; Shelagh (Grant), Christy (Michael) and great grandchildren Oliver, Wesley, Crosby, and Abigail; Douglas (Shannon), Mitchell, Jake, Shane; Drew (Lesa), Katie, Anna and Jia-Li.

Elizabeth taught speech arts for many years at Mount Royal College and received Distinguished Teachers and Distinguished Administrators Awards. Having a strong belief in volunteerism, Elizabeth had a Life Membership and 60 year pin for the IODE and also a Life Membership in the United Church Women.

Elizabeth received a great deal of joy and happiness from her family and was rewarded with their love and devotion.

A Private Family Celebration of Life will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Mission and Service of the United Church of Canada

In living memory of Elizabeth Parnham, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Julie Freedman Smith :

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  2. Freda Nychkalo :

    Dear family of Elizabeth,
    The passing of a very special, gracious lady will be felt by all who knew her. My condolences to the entire family. I know that she loved you all dearly and that your many fond memories will help comfort you during this very difficult time.
    With sympathy,
    Freda Nychkalo

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  3. Wayne Holender & Jean Poirier :

    To you Doug and your family our deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts.
    Elizabeth will be fondly remembered.

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  4. Frank McKitrick :

    Dear Doug and family,
    I was so saddened to read of Betty’s passing in the Herald today. She was a most gracious and beloved woman. In the years when I worked at Mount Royal (College), Betty could always bring a ray of sunshine to my day and I admired her friendliness and her unique ability to instruct people in the art of speech. My sincere condolences.

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  5. Susan and Bill Woodward :

    Dearest Doug and Family,

    We were saddened to learn of Elizabeth’s passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    With our love,
    Susan and Bill Woodward

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  6. Patrice and Gregory Berko and family :

    Our sincere condolences to the family. We met Mrs. Parnham through our many years in the Calgary Boys Choir. I am sure the choir was a big part of her life also and she contributed greatly here and in many aspects of the Calgary community.

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  7. Keith Fewster :

    I was saddened and surprised to read of Betty’s passing on July 2 and wish to send my sincerest condolences to all the family for the loss of your life partner Doug, your mother Moira, Shelagh, Doug and Drew and to all the partners and grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by you all and I hope that the wonderful memories of the loving relationship you all shared and enjoyed with her will help to sustain as you grieve and mourn her loss in the months and years to come. I personally have many fond memoires of Betty – from the early days at Pleasant Heights, from many enjoyable evenings at the house on 13th Avenue, from the summer family trips to Naramata with the Parnham, Dunckel and McArthur families, from the early days of concert productions with the Boys’ Choir, regular visits over many years at CPO concerts and pre-concert eats at the Bistro to name a few, and more recently, lunch with Betty and Doug at the condo on Hemlock Crescent after my wife Christine passed away. Very meaningful to me were the cards that Betty sent to me every year on the anniversary of Christine’s death remembering her for the wonderful person she was and wanting to share in my loss and grief. I last saw Doug at the Boys’ Choir reunion and it would be nice if we can touch base with each other soon. Blessings to you all at this sad time.

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  8. Oliver Munar :

    Our deepest condolences to Doug and the entire Parnham family on the loss of Elizabeth. We were all very saddened to hear of her illness and passing.

    I will always remember Elizabeth fondly for two very special occasions. The first is when she accompanied the boys’ choir to the UK in the summer of 1987. For the long bus rides between cities, she would keep us amused with little tests and prizes to see how much we were paying attention to our community. The second was every Saturday morning when I would visit for my piano lessons, and the friendly hello she would give as I waited for my lesson to begin.

    On behalf of the Munar family, please accept our deepest sympathies.

    Oliver Munar

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