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TURNQUIST, Eleanor Judith (née Shaw)

September 26, 1939 – Midnapore, AB
July 4, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Eleanor Judith Turnquist of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 4, 2014 at the age of 74, after a long fight with the effects of cardio-pulmonary disease.

Eleanor was born on September 26, 1939 and grew up in Midnapore, Alberta, the eldest of four children, and proudly a member of the Shaw family that settled in the area in 1883. After completing her training at the Calgary General Hospital, she began a career in psychiatric nursing that she continued until the arrival of her first child, where after she became a dedicated and focused mother. When her children entered school, she worked in her father’s businesses, Shaw Construction and Shaw-nee Slopes Golf Course; and later the constituency office for the provincial riding of Calgary Shaw, named for her family. In the later part of her life, she enjoyed the time she spent at her property in Mexico, and the farm near Gwynne, Alberta. But Eleanor always saw herself as an artist, where she felt the greatest satisfaction– from hand-sewing her children’s Halloween costumes to the toll painting she passionately pursued until her eyesight no longer allowed it. She will be remembered by those who knew her for her kind heart, her high standards and her sharp sense of humour. She left us too soon.

Eleanor will be greatly missed by her two children and their families, Llewellyn (Jennifer) and Linnea; and her grandchildren, Keegan, Bronwyn, and Vanessa. She was predeceased by her husband of thirty-nine years, Gaylard, in 2005.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Eleanor Turnquist, 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.

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  1. Janice & Tony Davis :

    Linnea and Family,

    We wish to extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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  2. Connie ( Carlson) Shannon :

    Llewellyn and Linnea,
    I am so sorry for your loss and hope you find peace in the knowing that pain is no more.

    Sincerely,
    Connie Shannon
    (Helmer’s daughter)

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  3. Susan Inglis :

    Lew, Jennifer, Keegan and Bronwyn,

    Sincerest condolences on the loss of Eleanor . I have many fond memories of visiting with her in Calgary and when she came to NS for my wedding . Keep all of your memories close and remember how much she loved you all.

    You are all in our thoughts. Wishing I could be there with you.

    Love !

    Susan, Kevin, Rebecca and Kate

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  4. Marcelle MCKEVITT :

    My deepest sympathy to all your family at this time.

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  5. Dear Linnea,
    I am so very sorry for your family’s loss.
    I’m thinking of you every day and sending you warm, strong vibes.
    Lisa

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  6. Brent and Gail Shervey :

    We both remember her with great memories of fun political campaigns, golf tournaments and many great dinners! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. B+G

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  7. Bonnie Hewson :

    Dear Linnea and Llew. Was saddened to learn of the death of your dear Mother. I have very fond memories of volleyball games – cheering Moms and of her visits to STS when you were both students there. Sending you love and prayers and may loving memories help to ease your heavy hearts.
    Hugs,
    Bonnie

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