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SHORT – Theresa (Terry) Emerald

February 6, 1927 – January 9, 2011

Held lovingly in the arms of her family; while leaning gently up against the cheek of God; our beautiful, beautiful Mother went to a higher ground to live on forever with her daughter Corinne. Her last words spoken: “I love ALL of my children EQUALLY…including my “adopted” children…don’t be sad for me…do not cry for me”.

On March 6th, 2000 mom lost her first born daughter Corinne, a pain so great our mother’s heart never healed…Mom your suffering is over…you are finally at rest…

If you did not know Terry Short it was a gap in your education. She was always true to herself, she made no excuses and she answered to nobody. Fiercely independent, Terry worked hard all of her life to provide for her family. She held an above average I.Q. with a keen business sense she began her career when only 35% of the workforce were women. She enjoyed a very successful career as a professional waitress working at all of the high end establishments in Calgary’s downtown core. The hi-lites of her career included serving the first meal out of the Calgary Tower on Canada’s Centennial Birthday and she poured a cup of tea for the Queen at Calgary’s Fairmont Palliser Hotel. So she could spend more time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren she stopped waitressing at the age of 73, (still insisting she was 37). Mom said that it takes not only true love but a “village to raise a child” so she took great joy in helping to raise her great grandchildren Tyler and Cassidy Smolley. From the time of their birth until the moment she died these two dear children kept her heart full of love and happiness.

Our Mother proved to her family that success only comes with hard work; leading by example Mom never retired, she continued working with passion: wine making, beading, knitting, gourmet cooking, bike riding, river rafting, gardening and dried flower art. Her family shares memories of weekend champagne brunches, with scratch blueberry muffins. If she had penned an autobiography for the benefit of those who knew, or thought they knew, the amazing story of this incredible, kind and generous woman’s life would surely have been a bestseller.

This beautiful, extra-ordinary, kind and wonderful woman will remain in the hearts of her family forever (her son Robert (Bob) Short (Lorelie) and daughters Barbara “Rose” LeClaire, Norma “Jeanne” Blais, Linda “Linny” LeClaire (Roger Leader), Ruth Taylor and Kathy Rondeau; grandchildren Doug, Elizabeth, Rob, John, Mike and Tanner Short; Cash and Lorianne Reuser, Bruce, Wayne and Michelle Hiebert, Trina and Brian Blais and twenty two great grandchildren.
She made a difference to so many lives and she was loved “lots” by many. She will be missed deeply by her special friends Marg Natyshen, Ruth Minnis and Susan Kalancha.

The family feels grateful for the true love that her caregiver, Timothy Zak, held for her; Mom loved you too Tim! Thank you as well to the staff at Hillcrest Nursing home, especially Sally, Dr. Sam, Sook, Pat, Norallyn and Camelia…we sincerely appreciate that you treated our Mom like the Queen that you thought she was. Mom we love you soooooo much; we know how tired you were and we are all at peace knowing that, although you are no longer with us physically, you still inspire us, and you will always, always look out for us by giving us “the treatment”.

A Celebration of Terry’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. all are invited to express their love and bask in the light of this remarkable woman’s life. She was and always will be a very special person on the face of this earth. The 3 little kittens have lost their mittens. Forward condolences through Sincere thanks for the kindness and compassion as demonstrated by Unit 61 of the Foothills Hospital during Moms last days.

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  1. Farewell to a lady who left an impression on everyone who’s lives she touched. Her love was true. I treasure my memories of times spent with her, especially when Doug and Elizabeth were babies.
    Condolences to her loved ones, who always treated me as part of the family

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  2. Carol (and Brad) Neal :

    The first time I met Terry was in Consort and the little village wasn’t ready for her – she wore a red dress and a wide brimmed hat with her black hair flowing. She was absolutely stunning! After I got to know her, I found out what a genuine person she was and she had quite a sense of humour. (Mary Kay vs. Preparation H -(hmmm)). I remember staying at her place in Calgary and waking up to a breakfast of ham, eggs and boiled fresh potatoes – who boils potatoes in the morning! She was such a good cook. She will live in our memory. Our sincere sympathy to all the family.

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  3. Rest in peace Terry, you will forever be loved and missed dearly. It was an honour and a treasure to have had someone as special and inspiring as you in our lives for as long as we did. Your days were well lived and we can all only hope to appreciate and live each day as fully and graciously as you did. If there is one positive thing about our time ending when it comes, it is knowing that we will be able to see you again. Until then, with much love. Missing you always. Rocky, Brenda, Paige and Tyrel. We love you.

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  4. Linda,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your sisters at this time. With lots of love, Ken and Troy

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  5. Rory Hill and Ginger Group :

    My girl Terry, the higher the hair.. the closer to God. I will have my rollers when I meet you again… xoxo..

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  6. My Love and Prayers are with you Auntie Terry and all the family. It has been a long, hard life and I am so glad we had a special time making Lasagna together. You are a great cook! Love, Pat and Family.

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  7. Terri lynn Sellars :

    Theresa’s family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I met Terry while working as a care aid at Scenic Acres. It was there that we became really good friends and scrabble partners. We continued our scrabble games when she was moved to Hillcrest and I will miss her deeply. Terry was and always will be an inspiration to me, her heart was always in the right place. Terry would always hug me and tell me that great things would happen for me, she made me feel like one of her own.
    I am honored to have known such a beautiful person.

    Terri Sellars

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  8. Linda

    So sorry to hear of your loss

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  9. Colleen Whitehead :

    Barb, Bruce, Michelle and Wayne

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and always….

    Don, Colleen, PJ and Billy

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  10. To the family: My life, and the life of my family, was made better by knowing this grand lady. I will remember her fiercely independent spirit and her creative mind and hands. Our thoughts are with all you.
    John, Cyndy “buddy” , Carly, and Caitlyn.

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  11. Kathy Bentley (Beck) :

    Linda and all your family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I have many fond memories of her from years ago and yes she always was a pillar of strength. Linda, you were so kind to me when my mom passed away, if there is anything at all I can do for you, please let me know. My thoughts are with you.

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