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SHAW, Sue (Susie)

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 . Condolences may be forwarded through

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.

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  1. Karen,
    I was so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I know you will miss her a lot and I’m sorry she didn’t get to enjoy more years of her life. I will always have fond memories of the times our families spent together through the years.

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  2. Judy and Tony :

    We are so very sorry that you have lost your Mom and good friend in your life. It is very hard and our hearts go out to you now and always.
    Peace and love to you.

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  3. Dearest Karen –
    You know how sad I am about your mom’s passing; in many ways she was like an adopted mom to me too. I enjoyed her company so very much and regret that we will not ever again go to dinner, or Christmas bake sales and tea, or even sit and have a good chat.
    Your mom was a very sharp, witty lady and a very good friend to many. She will be truly missed.

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  4. Alan and Barb :

    Karen, to understand true friendship one only had to look at your mom and my mom. Here’s hoping they meet up again! Your mom was very special. I know it has been difficult these last few months, our thoughts have been with you.

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  5. Evelyn and Tony Caneda :

    My dear friend Karen,

    Tony and I are especially saddened by Sue’s sudden passing. You know, she was my other mother and as you say, has now gone to join my mom and have their rum and cokes and neighborhood discussions. We will miss her greatly. She and mom always brought smiles and chuckles to us growing up (together with great embarrassment only teens would understand). Take care my friend and I am always a phone call away. Love to you. evelyn

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  6. Pat and Werner :

    Dear Karen
    We have lived down the street from your parents for many years. We met both Sue and Bill at many block parties and walks through the neighbourhood. Although we didn’t know Sue well, we recognized her great spirit for enjoying life. Our sympathies for your loss.

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  7. Jack and Sharon :

    My Dear Karen:
    We are so sorry for your loss. We know how special she was to you and how dearly she will be missed by you and so many of us. She brought so much joy to our lives. We always knew if we needed a lift or a good laugh we just needed to call Susie. We also remember our visits when she would have to take us to work with her and we would spend an hour or so playing the slots. We loved her so much. She is now only as far away as your heart. You are in our hearts and prayers. Much love and blessings to you.

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  8. Corinne Symonds :

    Dear Karen,
    Was saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. What a wonderful, fun, lover of life she was. If we were at a family get together and your mom was there, you can be sure we were too. She had such a wit, she could take anything and make it funny.
    She will be missed by all.
    Roy and Corinne

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  9. Beverly Stark :

    Dear Karen I am so sad to hear of your Mother’s passing she will be missed by all. Her sense of humor and her wit will live on in all of us. She will live on in my heart for her kindness and her love of life. Love Beverly

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