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WHELAN, Betty Jean (nee Shiel)

November 10, 1959 – Simcoe, ON
November 27, 2013 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness, that we announce the passing of our sweet angel, Betty Jean Whelan after a courageous battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at the age of 54 years.

She is survived and will be dearly missed by her companion of 16 years, Nigel; her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Eddie; her son and daughter-in-law, Darryn and Yazmin; their father Michael; her grandchildren Edward and Savannah; her brothers, Roger, Jerry and Markie; her sisters, Dorothy, Mary, Hilda, Linda and Esther; her many treasured nieces and nephews, and the countless others who’s lives she’s touched. Jeannie was predeceased by her loving father and mother, Stan and Doris Shiel.

Her sudden passing will leave a void in the lives of all who knew and loved her. Jeannie never gave up hope and her will to live, was an inspiration to us all. Growing up on a farm in Ontario Betty Jean was raised on cheering for the Maple Leafs but that soon changed when in 1982 she came to Calgary and in 1989 the Stanley Cup arrived here. In 2004 it was Betty Jean who rode the Red Mile in our car. The Famous Flamemobile Jeannie remarked “Why is everybody looking at us”. Her favourite Calgary flames players were Craig Conroy, Kipper and Iggy.

Jeannie Wheeneee we affectionately called her could never get over why on earth the referee did not blow his whistle when in game six. Calgary scored the winning goal and he waved the play on. “Lucky! Lucky! Tampa Bay Lightning” was her response.

Jeannies’s favorite soccer team was Chelsea who in the past couple of years won the English F.A Cup, The Champions League and Europa Cups. Jeannie’s player of choice from Chelsea was Didier Drogba. She told me “if only Drogba was a quarterback in the CFL playing for our team, The Stampeder’s would have won this year’s Grey Cup”.

Besides her love for all sports and care for her family, Betty Jean also found the time to work for a living. Her motto: When the living gets tough, the strong get stronger. She had written “Don’t sweat the small stuff” during her illness.

Jeannie has now found her peace and all of us around her witnessed true strength and courage against all odds; never once complaining. Betty Jean you are our Hero. We love you and you will always remain in our hearts forever.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.); on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all the staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Dr. Scot Dowden, nurses Charlene and Wendy, pharmacist Dean, homecare specialists Donna and her support team.

In living memory of Jeannie Whelan, 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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  1. Dear Nigel, Diane, Eddie, Darryn & Yazmin: My heart aches for you. I know how I hurt because of losing my dear sister and I just want to reach out to you and let you all know that I love you and wish I could take some of your pain away. I so appreciate how unselfish you all were with postponing the funeral so that we could be with Markie while he was so sick, I know that doing so made things even for difficult for you.
    The obituary was very well written and honours Jeannie, as stated Jeannie is our hero. I will be seeing you on Wednesday. Love & Hugs, Hilda

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