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RAMSAY, Neva Somerville, LLB (nee Pennie)

April 5, 1943 – Halifax, NS
October 2, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Neva Pennie of Calgary passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the age of 70 years.

She was born in 1943 in Halifax. Neva was a graduate of the first Law Class at University of Calgary, called to the Alberta Bar Association in 1980 and practiced Law and Mediation in Calgary for twenty-five years. She was a natural protector for Calgary’s under represented. Neva embraced life, loved nature, and extensively travelled throughout the world. Her vibrant personality, brilliant intellect, compassion, and gift of friendship will be dearly missed.

Neva is lovingly remembered by daughters, Neva Jr., Ola (Alison), and Leah; four grandchildren; and five remaining siblings.

A Celebration of Neva’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Neva Pennie, 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. My deepest deepest sympathy to you Girls- A very special women- Always in your heart. I look forward to celebrating her life with you~
    Hilary

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  2. I would like to offer my condolences to Neva’s family. I feel greatful to have been able to know such a kindred spirit.

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  3. Shondell Dore :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you tonight. I know it is very hard to lose someone so close. Stay strong. My god bless and keep you safe.

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  4. I was one of the many recipients of Neva’s gift of friendship. In Neva’s presence, life was always worth living.

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  5. Kathleen Comstock :

    When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. My thoughts and payers are with you.

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  6. Leah and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. Much love, Karen Chase

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  7. Andrea Petzold :

    Hello Alison,

    I remember our ski trip to Kokannee with Neva. She was good fun – holding her ski poles together between her legs to slow down. She had a great laugh! I’m thinking of you and hope that you are coping well.

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  8. Dear Neva and Family
    I am thinking of you all at this very sad time for you all.
    When time has passed a little you will gain strength from
    the family ties and closeness that you have experienced as a
    family and in your individual relationships with your mum.
    Thinking of you
    Love Mum

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  9. Dear Neva and Family
    I am thinking of you all at this very sad time for you all.
    When time has passed a little you will gain strength from
    the family ties and closeness that you have experienced as a
    family and in your individual relationships with your mum.
    Thinking of you
    Love Kim

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  10. Neva, Leah and Ola – I send you my deepest sympathy and prayers to you during this time.
    I regret I will be unable to attend the funeral. Please know I will be thinking of you. Carla

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  11. Neva and Family

    Very sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. She was a special lady and you will have many wonderful memories to keep her spirit alive. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    My deepest sympathy. Linda

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  12. Our deepest condolences, Alison, to you and all of Neva’s family.
    I remember a volleyball trip to Calgary years ago where Neva graciously hosted us. I know that you and her kids will have many fond memories. Mary and I hope those memories soften your loss.
    Love….Di & Mary

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  13. Bob and Tina Hawkins :

    To Neva, Leah and Alison we are so sorry for your loss but your mother will always be with you never fear….love xxx

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  14. Marg Callbeck :

    Neva my deepest condolences I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. It is a heart break you will carry always.Please let me know if there is anything I can do.Our prayers are with you. Marg

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  15. My condolences. A beautiful person and a beautiful spot to plant Niva’s memorial. I go there often from Cochrane to boulder so the tree will be a very fitting reminder to me of her well lived life.

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  16. Charron Topaz :

    Ola and family…
    Although I did not know her well, the brief time that I did spend with your mother, left a big impression. She was truly vibrant and seemed to love you all very much. Keep the good memories, trash the bad.
    ALL IS LOVE. Blessings to you.

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  17. Lara and Pierre :

    Neva, we are terribly sorry for your loss. Though we never met your mother, its clear she was an amazing person as she has raised an amazing daughter and outstanding woman. Take good care, love and prayers, Lara and Pierre

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  18. To Neva Ramsay`s family:

    I was a colleague of Neva`s as was my late husband, Jerome St. Pierre. My condolences to you on your loss.

    Regards, Victoria Row

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  19. Merry Chellas :

    Neva, Ola and Leah — I am away and unable to attend the service for Neva tomorrow, but I am and will be thinking of you with great sympathy. Neva was one of the first women I met in Calgary, so I have many memories of her over the past 35 years. She was a very special person. With fond regards, Merry Chellas (one of the Seahorse group)

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  20. Tricia Taylor and Hood family :

    Our deepest condolences on the passing of Neva. Neva was always full of life with all her travel and outdoor adventures. She had the unique Pennie laugh and when all the sisters were together is was definitely entertaining to listen to them all.

    She will be missed but her beautiful spirit will always be present.

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  21. Lorene Archdekin :

    Neva, Alison and Leah,
    Your Mom was such a lot of fun. Her enthusiasm for life, her love of skiing, hiking and the mountains was great to share. She had such an infectious laugh too!
    She had little patience for narrow minded views and contributed so much to the community around her.
    So sorry that I am not able to attend her celebration of life.

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  22. Darryl & Wendy :

    Leah & family:

    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. During the last year I had talked to your mom in Kensington and she seemed well but she was always positive no matter what. With sincere sympathy.

    Darryl & Wendy.

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  23. Christine Sazie- Stewart :

    To Leah, Neva Jr, Ola and all relatives, I send my deepest condolences. Neva was always warm and gracious with a zest for adventure .One of my fondest memories is of a back mountain overnight ski trip we went on in the Rockies. Because we had to carry everything in backpacks, packing light was of the upmost importance. I remember even cutting one strand of dental floss so I would not have to take the whole roll! Imagine my shock mingled with admiration, watching petite Neva, upon arrival at our overnight hut, pull out a rather massive book from her pack which she began to read immediately, oblivious to fatigue or hunger.
    This is how I picture her now: curled up in a chair, book in hand, She is surrounded by loving friends and family who are, like her, now happy and free of suffering. Rest in Peace, dear Neva.

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  24. Bonnie DuPont :

    Our deepest sympathies to your family, especially Neva’s sisters and daughters. Her friends can attest that you were always first in her thoughts and that she cared more deeply for family than for anything else in life. She was a beautiful woman and may you remember her always as she was before the illness took away that fine mind and that gracious presence.

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  25. Alison,

    We are all so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear sister, Neva. We send our love and best wishes today to you and your family as you prepare to celebrate a life that has clearly touched many.

    The McGoey Family

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  26. Shirley and Ben Legault :

    Leah, Neva and Alison, my heart goes out to you. Losing your mom and a sister is a huge heartbreak. It is so difficult to let someone know it is ok to let go and I believe she is in peace now.

    I always thought your mom was an angel sent from heaven since the day I met her in 1987. She was honest, straight forward, kind, tons of fun to be with and she was not afraid to give me a kick in the butt over the years to make a better life for myself and my son, Ben. Those are our real friends.

    Her biggest love in her lifetime were you beautiful girls and her family, she lived for you and worked so hard to give you the best she could and teach you love. You were very blessed to have each other. She taught you well. All the days you spent with her while she was ill touched my heart. While she was not doing well, you spend time every day to visit her, make sure she was comfortable and lacked for nothing, had sleep overs with her while you could and still managed to make her giggle. You girls filled her with the same love she taught you and she left you for now being an awful proud mother.

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  27. Beverley Ruth England :

    To Neva’s Family,
    My sincere condolences to Neva’s family whom I knew about but have not meet.
    Neva and I took the year long Innerscape Program many years ago. Our group was called the Sunflowers. Consequently we are constantly reminded of this special time together and our special bond whenever we see this special flower.
    Innerscape is where I met Neva, created a strong bond, loved her and enjoyed her love of life.

    I am in Calgary at the moment but now living on Vancouver Island). Neva visited and stayed at our home on the Island
    which forms yet another fond memory of a lovely woman/friend.
    I am grateful to the Innerscape Group for notifying me of today’s memorial service and will be attending.
    Once again my condolences to the family.
    Ruth

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  28. Dorothy Manful :

    Neva and Family,
    May God give you strength and comfort you during this time of your loss.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you. Life is journey and a transition.
    Cherish those precious moments you shared together. And she will always be in your
    heart. God bless!

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  29. Dear Leah and Neva,

    My deepest condolences on your mum’s passing. I was so fortunate to spend some time with Neva Sr. and you two in NY, it was a great trip! I will always remember Neva Sr.’s sense of adventure and fun!

    Love, Emilie

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  30. Bill Armstrong :

    To Leah,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Words can not console the pain you must be feeling. Your Mom taught me so very much about life, her words “just pretend you are on the train”, will comfort me always. You have my deepest condolences.
    Yours truly,
    Bill

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  31. Susan Braidwood :

    For some reason, I thought of Neva the other day. I knew Neva back in the 70’s when I lived in Calgary, and I googled her name. So sorry to hear of your loss – Neva had such a vibrant personality, and I’m so glad I knew her back then. My condolences to you all.

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  32. Susan J. Gould :

    To the family of Neva Ramsay:

    My deepest sympathy to Neva’s entire family. She will be sadly missed.

    I am shocked and saddened to learn of her passing. Unfortunately, I lost touch with Neva after she retired and I left the city to pursue my career for 13 years. I was attempting to contact her today when I came across her Obituary.

    What a loss. Neva was one of the most caring, compassionate women I had the privilege of knowing. I will miss her deeply.

    SJ Gould
    absuden@gmail.com

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