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WATT, Elsie Ellen (nee Rankin)

February 21, 1930 – August 8, 2012

My sister and I sat quietly holding Mom’s hands as she passed away on Wednesday, August 8. It was hard to let go of our gentle, loving mom but we trust she is in good hands. During her seven-month struggle with cancer, we have been blessed with the kindness of family and friends. Mom was touched by the outpouring of love.

Elsie was a nurturer throughout her life. She began as a nurse after graduating from the Calgary General Hospital in 1952 and later completed the public health care nursing program at the University of Alberta. When Elsie had children, she committed her life to being a mother. After her daughters were grown, Elsie embarked with enthusiasm into a new adventure as a realtor where she had a passion to find the right home for every person or family. When she retired from real estate she lovingly cared for her grandchildren and returned to painting. She loved to paint and always said that in each picture she left a little piece of herself. We are grateful to have these legacies.

The most important thing to Elsie was her relationships with people. She was a devoted wife of 50 years to Vinton Watt and caring, wonderful mom to Heather (Brent) Conradson and Sandy (Kelly) Kizan. She was a soft, caring and supportive nana to her grandchildren, Bronwyn, Ben, Ryanna and Jesse.

She is survived by many family and friends who she loved and cherished including her sisters and sisters-in-law, Agnes Vandermark, Merle Hagen, Marlene Rankin, Enid Manson, Maureen Watt, her lifelong friends, Betty Ellis, Jeanie Clow, Dorothy Fowler as well as numerous very special nieces, nephews and cousins.

The world is left a better place because of Elsie. She taught us that love and kindness are what really matter. We would be honored if you would join us to celebrate her life at the Cochrane RanchHouse (101 RanchHouse Rd, Cochrane) at 11:30am on Wednesday August 15th. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, P.O. Box 52051, Edmonton Trail North, Calgary, AB T2E 8K9 Telephone: (403) 539-5131, an organization that Mom has supported for years.

In living memory of Elsie Watt, 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.

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  2. Sandy and Heather,
    My heart is heavy for you both as you go through this most sad time in your lives. Your mom was a very special person and I will always cherish that I was blessed to have met her. The world was a better place with her presence and what a wonderful legacy she left with two of the most kindest, gentlist beautiful ladies I know. There are so many people sending you love and keeping you close at heart. My deepest sympathy to you all. Hold each other tight. Please know I’m here for you.

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  3. Harold and Carol Fowler :

    What a beautiful and fitting tribute you have made to your Mother! It is especially touching that you have mentioned Dorothy’s name as she has always considered Elsie, along with Betty, to be one of her sisters. Dorothy would love to have come from Vancouver to be with you but her physical challenges make travel so difficult, but she was happy to visit in May. We know that she is with you in spirit as you move through this journey of saying farewell to a very special lady.

    Our sincerest sympathy is extended to all the family

    Harold and Carol Fowler

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  4. Joanna Anderson :

    Sandy & family

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our thoughts are with you as you go through this very sad part of your life. May her memories keep her close to you and bring you comfort and in time, many smiles of your time together.

    Joanna & Brad Anderson

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  5. Vint, Heather and Sandy; My thoughts are with you as you move through the process of the loss of your dear mother. I have fond memories of being your next door neighbour in Charleswood (seems so many years ago) and how comforting it was to know that you were all next door.

    As you move through the next weeks and months know that my thoughts are with you.

    Honey Watts

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  6. The Fyfe Family :

    Dear Heather and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a lovely lady and I know the beautiful memories of her love will support you through this painful time.

    The Fyfe Family

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