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PRITCHARD – Roberta Franklin (Bobby)

May 29, 1914 – January 8, 2011
A Life Well Lived

It is with heavy hearts and sadness we announce the quiet passing of our mother, Roberta on January 8, 2011 at the age of 96 years. Roberta leaves behind her loving husband of 71 years, Herbert, and five children Eleanor, twins Ginny (Cal) & Vicky, Laurie (Joe) and Bill (Sue) who will all miss her dearly. She will also be missed by nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Willda Greenwood.
Roberta was predeceased by her sisters Marion Drager and Gypsy Craig.

Roberta attended Normal School in Olds and started her career teaching in country schools in remote areas in Alberta prior to meeting her husband, Herb. After her last child was off to school Bobby returned to her teaching career and taught elementary school children in many Calgary schools. She was a flamboyant and gifted teacher who inspired her students. Roberta and Herb spent many happy years teaching in the Calgary School District.

Retirement brought adventures and Bobby & Herb travelled the world, spent winters in the south, taught classes at the Kirby Centre, played bridge, and enjoyed visiting their family near and far and lived life to the fullest.

Bobby touched the lives of all she met and will be remembered for her love of fashion, fur coats, hats, wonderful stories, great cooking, generosity and quick wit.

A private family memorial service will be held. Forward condolences through The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at the Colonel Belcher Center for the loving care they provided to Bobby.

In living memory of Roberta Pritchard, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Roger Thompson :

    We are sorry to hear of your loss and our thoughts are with you and your family. I’m on my way to Belize, so say good bye to Bobby for me.

    Thompson family

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  2. Tom and Joanne Pay :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Bobbie was a wonderful lady and neighbour.

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  3. Doug & Eileen Bailey :

    We were so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, Bill. She will be missed but you’ll always have memories of her with you.

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  4. Diane Sushetski(Bosworth) :

    Dear Herb, Eleanor, Vicky, Ginny, Laurie & Bill,

    Please accept our condolences in the loss of your Mother. It is sad when they have to leave us, I really enjoyed your Mother even all the years were spread out, I thought a lot of her. My Mother, Betty Bosworth also sends her wishes too.


    Diane & Family & Betty Bosworth

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  5. Rosalind Anderson Jeffery :

    My father sent me the obituary of ” Mrs. Pritchard”, my third grade teacher via e-mail. She was an angel on earth so she will be a blessing to heaven. I enjoyed my year with her so much. Mrs. Pritchard was famous on the playground for her cooking. You were considered lucky to get her for your third grade year. One time when we read a story about cornbread, she brought it in to share with us. It was one of the best things I had ever tasted. I went on to become a classroom teacher and the example she set I tried to carry forward. What a lucky family you were to have her in your lives so long.

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  6. Jean (Martin) Keay :

    My name is Jean Keay (but my maiden name was Jean Martin). I live in Hanna, Alberta, but was raised at Delia, Alberta. I attended Newport School and Herb was my Grade 1 school teacher. He gave me a book after I had surgery while in Grade 1, and I found it among my treasures today. He wrote a nice little message on the front page and signed his name.

    I just came across the Obituary in the Calgary Herald and put two and two together . . .

    Please pass on my sincere condolences to Herb and family.

    Jean (Martin) Keay

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  7. Mona (Soltek) Ancell :

    We are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, ThankYou Vicky for letting my Mom (Sylvia Soltek) know. You wrote an excellent obituary of your Mom as I still remember her going out in her fancy fur coats and hats even to pour hot boiling water out on her windshield of her car. I don’t know how many times I thought she would crack that windshield. Also for the wonderful slide show we got to enjoy with your Mom and Dad of Australia.

    Enjoy the memories she was a great lady.
    Mona (Soltek) Ancell

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  8. Sharon Tillman :

    Bobby was a unique, very special, one-of-a-kind woman that brightened the world around her. I feel blessed to have known her. The Pritchard family has been an important part of my life for many years and, although it’s difficult to find the words that say what I feel; I hope that in some small way it helps to know how much I love you all & that my thoughts are with you. May your inner strength & the support of family & friends guide you through this difficult time.

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