January 25, 1926- Calgary, Alberta
December 27, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta
Sue Shaw, mother and best friend of daughter Karen, passed away on Friday, December 27, 2013 at the age of 87 years.
Besides Karen, Sue is survived by nieces and nephews Todd (Shelly), Cary (Anita), Tully (Elizabeth), Tori, Tracy (Kevin) and Frank (Terry) and her many friends. Also survived by grand dogs Wikki and Patches. She is recently predeceased by her husband of 56 years Bill; brother Frank, and sister in law Lianne.
Sue was proud to be a native Calgarian, growing up in the Hillhurst community. Early in life, Sue was introduced to theatre, dancing, music and drama by her grandfather Hammond. Sue and her grandfather entered many competitions, most often at the Plaza Theatre. There began the life long flare for drama and fun each day in life. Sue was a champion speed skater, winning a provincial championship. Her skates were kept for many years after.
Sue was the first woman founding member of the Calgary Sports Car Club. Many a good party, many friends and good times.
Sue’s working career included the Guarantee Trust and Union Carbide. Through the friends there, Sue enjoyed ski weekends, jazz recordings and dinners in Banff.
Sue could always make and keep friends, often life long friends like Herb and Mackie, Tom and Diane, Phil. New friends were easily made as well. Lately Sue had a lot of fun grocery shopping with Lynda and Cheryl. She enjoyed her caregivers Suet and MJ and was very thankful for the care they gave her. She went to Bow View Day Program twice a week for exercise, lunch and the company of the friends she met there.
For my growing up years, Mom was always a part of my friends lives as well. Sandra and Evelyn were often teased by Mom, and Mom was always interested in what we were doing.
Later in my adult life, Mom was a big part of my friends lives then too. Her humor and welcoming ways soon made Mom welcome in whatever we were up to. She joined in on diners, going out to plays, sleepovers at my house. She always enjoyed being with Paulet, Sandra and Doug, Judy and Tony, Evelyn and Tony.
In retirement, she enjoyed golfing with Mackie, and that continued up to Sue’s early 80’s. There was opportunity to travel to England, Vegas, Palm Springs, Sacramento/Victoria Jazz Festivals, and San Francisco.
She had an excellent memory, sometimes it could be annoying. Crosswords and the chat rooms on the computer were a great source of entertainment.
All the Beagles and Labradors held a big spot in Sue’s life. Watching Daisy the beagle spot her favorite bunny while out on a walk was great fun.
The last few years, her health was not as good, but she was brave, sometimes complaining but generally accepting. She used a walker, but even with that she decorated it with a pink bear and at Christmas, a snowman.
Mom always wanted to go to Heaven with ruby red tap dance shoes. Well mom- my friend the closest I could get was ruby red slippers, but I am sure the tap dancing shoes are waiting for you.
Sue’s special friend Marg will be waiting for her with a rum and coke, and open arms. Mom, you are now the sunshine on the mountains.
At Sue’s request, no formal Funeral Service will be held. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Cochrane Humane Society (S.P.C.A.), 62 Griffin Industrial Pointe, Cochrane, AB, T4C 0A3 www.cochranehumane.ca . Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Sue Shaw, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences