June 1, 1934 – October 10, 2012
Greta’s long struggle with cancer ended in her home. So precious were her garden, pet cat Ebony, family, friends and neighbours that she determined her life would end where it had been most fulfilled. For over forty years her Brentwood home was open to generations of neighbors, their children and an endless parade of pets. Born and raised on a farm west of Carstairs during lean years, Greta learned what it meant to manage with little. Here too, she developed her lifelong love of creatures and nature. The ‘long view’ of the Rockies was a constant joy to her. Her last outing in September was lunch in Cochrane with nephews Byron and Nelson. That day the ripening Canola fields were brilliant against hazy blue foothills and mountains. Greta’s volunteer work with UNICEF and Project Ploughshares spanned decades. As president of UNICEF Canada in the mid-1980s, she travelled the world reviewing their projects. Her passion for detail translated into birthdays remembered with cards and interesting gifts. All of us benefited from Greta’s intense reading of the news and attendant clipping service that provided us with articles she thought we needed. But most of all we were blessed by her shining, faithful spirit, her generosity and surprisingly wicked sense of humour. We mourn her, yet we celebrate her presence among us. In the final days of her illness she was lovingly and professionally cared for by staff from HomeCare and the VON.
Greta is predeceased by her husband Bob and her elder brother Ernest.
Brother Neil and his wife Edna, their children, Vernon, Allen and Freda, their spouses and children will miss her greatly at family gatherings. Ernest’s widow Jean and their children Nelda, Brenda, Merle and Arlin have all been important to her. She remembers the generations. For her younger sister Mary, a lifetime of daily communication is over but the memories and saved correspondence is rich beyond measure. To Mary’s children she was like a second mother. For Megan, Daralis, Kate, Nelson and Byron she was an unfailing champion. Friends and colleagues from all areas of her busy life were loyal visitors to the end and made her days bright with gifts of flowers and food.
A memorial celebration of Greta’s life will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Glencoe Club in Calgary, located at 636-29th Ave S.W.
In Greta’s memory we would ask that any gifts or donations you choose to make be directed to the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
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In living memory of Greta Timmins, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences