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SLOBODIAN, Helen Elizabeth (Betty) (nee Gerlitz, formerly Beattie)

August 13, 1932 – Okotoks, Alberta
July 9, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Betty Slobodian of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at the age of 84 years.

Betty was born in Okotoks and grew up on the Mountain View Poultry Farm. She received her education in Okotoks where she met her first love, Ralph Beattie. Betty later attended a business school in Calgary where she trained as a stenographer and then worked briefly at the Calgary Stock Exchange. Betty married Ralph in February 1953. Together they began their married life on Ralph’s family farm near the Big Rock and welcomed the birth of their daughter Diana in 1954. Following Ralph’s passing in 1969, Betty commenced her career at the Royal Bank in Okotoks where she worked as a mortgage specialist. Betty met and married John Slobodian in 1972. She and John loved to travel and especially enjoyed golfing. John passed away in 1986 and in 1987 Betty retired from the Royal Bank to enjoy more time on the links. Betty enjoyed playing cards, gardening and baking. Her family was most special and she loved to be with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all of her friends and family.

Betty is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Bruce Foran of Okotoks; granddaughter, Kerri (Joseph) Sanders and their children, Cadyn, Brenna and Sophie; grandson, William Foran; John’s children, Carolann (Lorne) Russell and Earl (Helga) Slobodian and their children; brother, Vern (Helen) Gerlitz; step-brother, Bud Crooks as well as several nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Ralph in 1969 and John in 1986; parents, Peter and Amelia Gerlitz; sister, Eleanor and brothers, Ed and Bob.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through

If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to charity of the donor’s choice.

The family would like to express their most sincere thanks to the caregivers at Southwood Care Centre and All About Seniors for their compassion and support to our mom and family.

In living memory of Betty Slobodian, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Brian and Jean Quigley :

    Our thoughts go out to you, Diana and Bruce and family.
    Your Mom was a class act! Cherish all the memories.

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  2. Jacqui (Edna) Clay :

    Betty was an AMAZING person!! May she RIP.

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  3. Wendy Morris :

    Diana and family. Our sincerest sympathy on the passing of your Mom. Memories of her love of laughter, life, and golfing.

    Wendy Morris, Lisa and families

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