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White, Frances Laing

Frances White of Calgary, passed away on Saturday July 22, 2006, at the age of 89 years.

Frances Laing Smith was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan to Helen and Percy Maynard Smith, on September 4th, 1916. Her brother George Maynard was born on November 15, 1918. On the same date in 1941, she married Clifford White, Lt. Commander RNVR. Frances received her Associate Diploma Conservatory of Music for Speech Arts, gold medal honours in 1969 from Mount Royal College. The following year, she graduated as Conservatory Teacher from the University of Toronto. Her first public stage performance was in Weyburn at the age of 3. Her love of the arts and music continued through her life-time. She enjoyed singing in several choirs, enlivening as she did programs with Ryerson?s 50/50 club, the Sierras Condo and Music Matinee. Fran was a member of P.E.O., Ryerson and Riverview United Churches and the Noteables. Frances wrote many self published poems which were inspired by her deep spirituality, love of travel and the tropics, and connection with nature.

Frances will be missed by her loving partner and best friend, Clifford Hubert White; her children, Lynn Turnbull (Terry), Brian White(Maureen), Neil White (Barbara), Ross White (Jeannie); her grandchildren, Suzanne (Derrick), Bill (Jen), Cale (Paula), Anna, Skylar (Karen), Laura, Sean, Ailen (Preston), Rachel, Jordan, and Kelsey; as well as her great grandchildren, Sarah Turnbull, Savannah and Marcus Georgeson and Theo White.

Funeral Services will be held at Living Spirit United Church, (900 ? 47 Avenue S.W.) on Friday, August 4, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Harold Black presiding. Forward condolences through If friend?s so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Mission and Service Fund, c/o Living Spirit United Church, 900 – 47th Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB T2S 3C8 Telephone: 243-3180.

In living memory of Frances White a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Colette Elizabeth Hebert Felts :

    Hello, Not sure if anyone will still get this as it has been over 6 years since the passing of Frances. I recently received a book from my estranged father of 20 years. It is a poetry book called ‘Tapestry’ by Frances Laing White. It belonged to my grandmother
    Mae Noland who passed away about 35 years ago from cancer. Inside is a message inscribed “To Mae Noland with best wishes and in happy memory of our pleasant friendship, Frances L. White Aug. 10, 1942”. My mothers name was Frances. She also passed away from cancer 22 years ago. I can’t help but wonder if my mother was named after my Grandmothers friend Frances. Just started researching online to see what I can learn about Frances Laing White. My mother was very special to me and so any connection is meaningful to me.
    Just wanted to put this out their to anyone listening or into the universe.


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