November 13, 1941 – September 13, 2012
Edna Olivia Smallwood beloved wife of Vaughan of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the age of 70 years.
Edna was born in Shaunavon, SK on November 13, 1941 to Ilor and Annie Ellingson. She completed high school in 1959 and worked at the post office until she moved to Regina prior to her marriage to Vaughan Smallwood of Moose Jaw. Over their more than fifty-one years of married life, Edna and Vaughan lived in many Canadian cities and vacationed in numerous U.S. cities and states as well as Mexico. Edna loved books and was passionate about learning. Her favourite job was working in the Calgary Public Library for some fifteen years where she developed her skills as a researcher. After she retired from the library, Edna started genealogical research on her two families and spent many days researching in the LDS library in Salt Lake City. She loved to travel and visit new and different places. However, when she was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in April 2007, and subsequently moved to a long-term care facility, she was unable to continue any of these activities. The following was written by her twelve year old granddaughter Erica in a facebook message and sums up all of our feelings: “My heart is broken. I love you Grandma miss you so much. Have a nice trip. Please be my guardian angel and watch over me from above.”
Besides her loving husband Vaughan, Edna is survived by son George Smallwood; daughter Kirsten Whitwell (Jason); sister Colleen Ellingson; and granddaughters Erica Smallwood and Hayley Whitwell.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Edna Smallwood, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences