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Templeton, Eva Mary (née Heaver)

February 14, 1926 – September 16, 2012

Eva Mary Templeton passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 16, 2012.

Eva Mary was born February 14, 1926 in Dewinton, Ab. She had fond memories of her young life on the land at Dewinton. She rode a horse to the country school with her brothers Ted and Vic. She was a studious young lady and went to Olds College at a young age and then on to nursing school at the Holy Cross Hospital. She served briefly with the Royal Canadian Air Force in WWII. Eva Mary loved to travel. She travelled the world with her dear friend, Margaret Green in 1961, garnering an article in the Calgary Herald about young ladies looking for adventure, and spent many happy hours cruising and visiting family in England. She loved her career as a nurse which took her to Hawaii and Philadelphia to train and work. She spoke fondly of her years teaching nursing school in Calgary and working in an ophthalmologist’s office prior to her marriage to her beloved husband, William Lincoln Templeton and the birth of her two daughters.

Her life was filled with many charitable works, she spent many hours serving her church, Christ Church of Calgary in different capacities, the schools her daughters went to and later volunteered at, the Canadian Cancer Society. She focused the healthy years of her life serving others. She was devoted to her family and friends. She never tired or complained about caring for her husband or mother, father and brother as they aged, or her daughters as they grew up. She loved spending many hours with family and friends over a cocktail or few, laughing and enjoying life with a view. She would never turn down a good game of crib or bridge with her friends and spent many hours filled with conversation and laughter with her brother, Ted in the later years of his life. Family and friends will remember Eva as a devoted and caring woman who always had enough fight in her to get her way. Even on the last day of her life she was asking about her family and grandchildren’s welfare. She is the last of a generation and will be sorely missed.

She is survived by her two daughters; Sally Marie and her husband Frederick Bowen and Ida Suzanne Templeton and her husband and Bryan Girard . She was a proud grandmother. She will be missed by her grandchildren, Jesse, Zoe, Aidan and Rhys. Other loving family members left to mourn her loss are her nephew, Ron and Gail Heaver and family, neice, Joyce Heaver and family, and her step daughter Judy and Harold Cartwright. Numerous other family and friends will also miss her sense of humour, insight and generous nature. She was predeceased by her loving husband, William Lincoln Templeton, her mother and father, two brothers and her dear friend, Margaret Green.

A Celebration of her life will be held at Christ Church (3602 – 8 Street S.W., Calgary, AB) on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, #204, 1608 – 17 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2T 0E3 Telephone: (403) 255-7100, or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,

In living memory of Eva Mary Templeton a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. On behalf of the remaining grandchildren of the Wonnacotts of DeWinton, I would like to extend my sympathies to your family.
    I remember fondly your grandmother and your mother as I visited your family with my grandmother, Joanne Wonnacott.
    Yes, your mother is the last of a generation, and one that will be remembered for her kindness to her friends, Mary, Jean, Fred and Pat.
    I thank you for the good times, and my condolences to you all.

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  2. Deb (Mader) Putnam :

    Marie and Ida, I have many fond memories of spending time together as our moms visited…while we were in the basements playing Barbies, freaking each other out with your dad’s stuffed (or frozen!) hunting conquests, or playing house under the stairs! I remember your mom taking us to see Bye Lady, or all of us visiting together at your house; also, I fondly recall your parents taking us to Jumping Pound – I thought that your folks were the coolest ever, setting up picnic site and coolers outside!! Your mom was a real support for my mom, sisters and me after my dad passed, and she and my mom have shared a close friendship for so many years – bridge, theatre, glasses of wine, dinners, and lots of chatting! I know that the last while has been a struggle and I am glad for your mom’s sake that she is at peace now. My heart goes out to you and your families, and I know that mom would want me to send her love to you as well. (so far have not been able to reach her on holidays). Thinking of you with love, Deb

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  3. Dolores Bramall :

    Condolences to the family of Eve Templeton. She will be remembered by many of her former students at the Holy Cross where she was a clinical instructor as well as her classmates. Dolores Bramall on behalf of the Holy Cross Alumnae

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  4. Hi Marie & Ida Sue –

    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a good friend to my whole family and we’ll miss her.


    David Barlow

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