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WEBB, Dorothy Pearl (nee Stewart)

November 13, 1926 – Calgary, AB
August 11, 2014 – Calgary, AB

After a long and very busy life, Pearl Webb has died in her 88th year.

She was the youngest and last surviving child of Archibald and Margaret Stewart, who came west to Alberta from Kirkwall, Ontario to homestead in the early 1900’s. Pearl was born in Calgary on November 13, 1926 and she grew up on the family farm in Lyalta. She rode a horse to a one room schoolhouse and in winter went by sleigh. As soon as she could, she left the family farm for the big city of Calgary (pop 89,000) and took a business course at Henderson’s Business College. It was when she was working at the City of Calgary Solicitor’s office that she met her future husband, Len Webb on a bowling team. Pearl and Len were married in 1950 and three daughters, Kathleen, Janet and Marion were born in the years that followed. As was normal at the time, with the arrival of children, Pearl became a full time homemaker. But this was not enough for her, so she joined a ladies bowling league and bowled many perfect games. She joined a bridge club and was playing bridge until just last month. She joined a sewing and knitting group and we have many sweaters, hats, mittens, table cloths and exquisite smocked little girl’s dresses as her legacy. Pearl was an accomplished home cook and famous for her pies and shortbread. Anyone who was a recipient of one of her famous cookie tins filled with shortbread at Christmas felt fortunate. She and Len were very involved with St. Stephen’s Anglican Church where they sang in the choir and Pearl was on the Altar Guild. Once all the girls were in school, Pearl went back to work at the Calgary Board of Education where she worked at an elementary school until she was 65. At the age of 50 and with the building of a cabin in the Windemere Valley, Pearl took up golf. Over the years she had 3 holes in one and was golfing with her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter just four weeks ago. When the Westside Rec Centre opened in 2000 she became a volunteer. Over the ensuing years she worked so much they decided they needed to pay her. She worked her last shift just a month ago. Pearl and Len travelled widely after Len retired and even after Len died in 2006, Pearl went on several golf related trips on her own.

Pearl is predeceased by her husband Len, her parents and all her siblings, Maisey, Gordon, Roy, Oswald, Margaret, Muriel, Kay and Bobby. She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen (Mark Ferrier), Janet and Marion; by her four beloved grandchildren of whom she was so proud (three Queens engineers and a soon-to-be lawyer), Ryan Algar, Ward Algar, Daniel Ferrier and Lee Ferrier and by many, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. And of course she is survived by her three grand dogs, Stella, Molly and Buddy.

Pearl’s family would like to express their deep gratitude to Dr.’s MacLean, Boucher, Doig and Robisheau and to the wonderful caring nurses at the Foothills Medical Centre, who looked after her so well these past weeks.

A Celebration of Pearl’s Life will be held this Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Elbow Springs Golf Club (240086 Lott Creek Drive SW, Calgary, AB). Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email

In living memory of Pearl Webb, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Lorrie Player :

    My sincerest condolences on the passing of my dear Auntie Pearl. I will miss her very much. We had a lot of good times and many wonderful lunches.

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  2. Terry and Carol Carr :

    Our deepest condolences to the Webb family. While it has been too many years since I saw Pearl, I thought of her often on the golf course. Sorry we can’t be with you all on Sunday.

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  3. Shirley Lloyd :

    I was very sorry to learn of Pearl’s sudden death. She was a great lady , always so full of life and interested in everyone she met.
    She allowed me the privilege of taking her on her first trip on the new leg of the C Train. I shall miss seeing her happy smile at the rec centre.
    My condolences to all her family.

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  4. She was an amazing lady. Oh, the stories we could tell, from the golf course. Hit’em straight in heaven Pearlie!
    Laurie Gerke

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  5. Gail and Darlene Windsor :

    Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved mother and grandmother. Pearl was a lady who lived life to the fullest, keeping herself busy and active. We always admired her determination on the golf course where she could put many a young person to shame when she walked the course while they motored around in carts! It is highly likely she is on the Heaven 18 making sure her companions are ‘putting out’ every hole! She will be missed!

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  6. Lesli and Bud Stuart :

    Dear Kathleen, Janet and family
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. It sounded like she had a wonderful life and was an amazing woman! Please accept our deepest condolences.
    Lesli and Bud Stuart

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  7. Pat Brocklebank :

    Pearl became a role model for me immediately after we joined Elbow Springs. Her amazing enthusiasm, energy, and zest for life were truly inspiring. We shall miss her friendly greetings and frank comments. We will remember Pearl with great fondness.
    Larry and Pat Brocklebank

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  8. Marion Rogers :

    Dear Family of Pearl,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss. Pearl was an absolute delight at the Westside Rec Centre. She lit up the room/space – wherever she was and I enjoyed her so very much.
    The world has lost a very special lady who will be fondly remembered by so many of us.
    Rest in Peace Pearl.
    Marion Rogers

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  9. Richie Pollack :

    Dearest Janet and family…We would like to express our condolences to you all. We were just talking about the cardigan sweater Pearl knitted for Max when he was pretty much a new kid on the block! Take good care. Much love from The Pollacks.

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  10. John Gilchrist/Catherine Caldwell :

    Kathleen, Janet, Marion and family,
    Our sincere condolences on the loss of Pearl. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    John Gilchrist & Catherine Caldwell

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  11. Debbie Braun (Feddema) :

    I was so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. I have many fond memories of both your mom and dad from those days so long ago. All the best to you and everyone in the family.

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  12. Irene Anderson :

    Sincere condolences to the Webb family on your loss. Pearl and I joined Elbow Springs when it opened and have golfed together many times and served on the same committees. I will think of her often but especially when we have a 50/50 draw as she always volunteered to sell tickets.

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  13. Douglas & Maria Rankin :

    To Janet and family , we would like to send our sincere condolences to you and your family , we only knew Pearl for a very short time but in that time she was the lady that we knew that had a smile that would brighten up anybody’s day no matter what, we will miss her smiles and laughter just like everyone else and yes most of all those tins of homemade cookies , we will never forget her as she always made us smile and we always looked forward to hearing about her golf games , she was an awesome golfer . Rest in Peace Pearl our thoughts and prayers will be with you forever .

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  14. How poignant that on the two year anniversary of Pearl’s passing my sister Susan and I would be talking about the Webbs and their role in our lives. Pearl was such a force such a friend and such a magnificent person. I will never forget my many hours in her company – always with my being hosted with food, conversation and activity. So good to hear that Pearl was so active to the end. Much love for a life so well lived. Chris

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