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PITMAN – Elizabeth (nee Zaran)

June 11, 1924 – May 31, 2010

Bette Pitman, born June 11, 1924 in Regina, Saskatchewan, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, May 31, 2010 at the age of 85 years.

She is survived by her son Richard (Debbie), her daughter Susan MacKenzie (Bill), grandchildren Dayle (Josh), Melissa, Diana, Bill Jr., and two great-grandchildren Madison and Cadence. Bette is also survived by her brothers Robert Zaran (Mary), George Zaran, sisters Kaye Kerns and Esther Boulter (Ted), as well as numerous nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of sixty-three years, Bill, in September 2009; sister Sophie Zaran, and brother Dave Zaran.

Growing up in Regina, Mom led an active life and met the love of her life, Bill Pitman, at a very young age of 10 years. She enjoyed sports as a young girl, playing hockey and basketball. During the war years, Mom volunteered with the Red Cross to do her part while Bill was overseas. Shortly after Dad returned home, they were married on February 20, 1946. They spent the next ten years living in Regina, during which time Richard and Susan were born. In 1956, the oil boom in Alberta brought them to their new home in Calgary. Mom stayed home and took care of us kids in our Wildwood home which is a part of our family to this day. Our house was a favourite place for the kids in the neighbourhood, as Mom always had a never ending supply of Kool-Aid and chocolate brownies with the best thick icing. In 1966, Dad started his own drafting and printing business, and Mom soon learned how to do small business bookkeeping. When Dad retired at age 51, they enjoyed living in Spokane and Kelowna for a few years, but eventually returned to the family home in Calgary where they enjoyed many happy years of travelling. In their later years, most days would find the two of them out for lunch and a bit of shopping. Even now, out of habit, we still look for Dad’s big red truck at the mall. Thank you Mom for everything, and now you and Dad are together again.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Elizabeth Pitman, 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. Frank and Linda Shufletoski :

    Richard and Debbie and families

    We were saddened to read of the news of the passing of your mom Richard.

    Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.

    Frank and Linda

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  2. Dear Pitman family,
    I’m really sorry to hear that Bette passed away recently. If I had known sooner, I would of attended her funeral. She will be greatly missed.

    Sincerely,
    Linda Wu

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  3. Bryan Redfern (Signal Hill A&W) :

    Hi Richard/Debbie and Susan & Bill:

    Everyone here at the Signal Hill A&W were saddened by the passing of your Mom Bette. Your Dad, Bill and your Mom, Bette were a wonderful couple who shared their warmth and concern for everyone they met and it was very obvious by all their friends.

    Never a day went by that they didn’t show their compassion and, good humour by taking the extra time for everyone.

    They have a special place in our hearts and we know that now their both together, they’ll be happy and secure once again.

    All our Love,
    Bryan Redfern and Staff,
    Signal Hill A&W

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