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Robertson – Edna E. (Bell)

November 13, 1920 – August 3, 2009

Edna Effie (Bell) Robertson, RN, of Calgary, Alberta and formerly of Miramichi (Chatham), New Brunswick, passed away peacefully at Foothills Hospital, Calgary, Alberta, surrounded by family, on Monday, August 3, 2009 at the age of 88.  Born in Empress, Alberta on November 13, 1920 and grew up in St Martins, NB, she was the daughter of Roy W. and Ethel I. (Smith) Bell. She graduated from Saint John General Hospital, N B. as an RN in 1943. She was Commissioned in the Canadian Army in 1944 as a Lieutenant (Nursing Sister), subsequently retiring from the Army in August, 1945. It was during her time in the Army where she met Len, who had been invalided briefly back to Fredericton, where she was serving.  She and Len were married on September 8, 1945, and moved to Chatham in 1947. Edna was content as a homemaker, devoting her time to her growing family. She was nonetheless active in the community, as a member of St Andrews United Church, Miramichi; a former Sunday School teacher ; a member of the Edith Bell Unit of U.C.W.; a member of the Earl of Chatham Unit of the I.O.D.E.; a former member as well as former Worthy Matron of the Prince Charles Chapter, O.E.S.  Edna was a long time a member of both the Miramichi Golf & Country Club and of the Chatham Curling Club, and won the Ladies’Club championship in golf in 1973. She and Len were avid gardeners, both vegetable and flowers, and her children and grandchildren were the recipients of many beautiful quilts that she crafted over the years.  In later life, she was an avid Duplicate Bridge player, a member of the Chatham/Newcastle clubs, and enjoyed playing both locally and regionally. She was described as a good bridge player, quiet at the table but never intimidated.  She is survived by one daughter Janet L and husband John Champion of Calgary, Alberta; two sons, Leonard B Robertson and wife Laysha of Delta, B.C., Ian D Robertson of Edmonton, Alberta; and one sister, Rhea (Bell) Moody of Saint John, NB; four grandchildren, Richard Robertson & Michael (Deja) Robertson and Timothy Champion & Barbara (Dave) Hyciek; as well as six nieces and three nephews. She was predeceased by Leonard, her husband of 63 years, one son Roy, two sisters Audrey (Bell) Glover & Lillian Bell, two brothers Hugh Bell & Wesley Bell.  Visitation will be at Adams Funeral Home Ltd., 140 King Street., Miramichi, NB. on August 21, 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00. The funeral service will be held at St Andrews United Church, Wellington Street, Miramichi, NB, on Saturday, August 22 at 2:00 with Rev Charlene Maguire MacKnight officiating. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Miramichi, NB.  As expressions of sympathy, flowers or donations to any charity of the donors’ choice would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Adams Funeral Home Ltd., 140 King St., Miramichi, telephone (506) 773-3492 or messages of condolence may be sent online to

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