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WHITEWAY – Isabel Ruby (nee Smallwood)

December 11, 1947 – March 4, 2011

It is with deep sadness that we announce that Isabel passed away peacefully in Calgary, on Friday, March 4, 2011, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Isabel is survived by her fun loving husband George, who she fondly called “Butch” and he called her “Babe”; her beautiful daughter Tammi, whom she adored; her “go to” son-in-law, Paul O’Donoghue; and her treasured granddaughters, Kyleigh and Erin, who brought her so much joy. Isabel grew up in St. John’s, NL as the youngest of five children, hence the nickname “Babe”. She will be dearly missed by her brothers, Charlie (Shirley) Smallwood, Gus (Gloria) Smallwood, Alex (Violet) Smallwood and her brother-in-law Wayne (Linda) Whiteway, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Isabel was predeceased by her sister Maxine Clarke.

Isabel was a remarkable wife, mother, grandmother and friend; she enriched the lives of her family and friends through her strength of character, her wisdom, her grace, her dignity and especially during her battle with cancer, she only worried about those around her. Isabel’s strength gave her family the courage to persevere. While Isabel’s time with us was far too short, she leaves us with true inspiration. Isabel earned the respect and affection of her colleagues at the Newfoundland Teachers Association, where she had a distinguished career.

She had many names from Babe, Bella, to Queen,
All of them spoken with love and esteem,
But all of the names she has ever been called,
To call her wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend
is the greatest of all.

The Whiteway’s extend a sincere thanks to all the wonderful people who generously contributed to Isabel’s care during her illness, and especially the O’Donoghue family for their love and tremendous support.

A private prayer service will be held in Calgary, followed by a memorial in Isabel’s home town, St. John’s, NL. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Isabel Whiteway, 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. Bill Roberts :

    Butch, so sorry to hear of Isabel’s passing. Look forward to seeing you on your return to St.John’s. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
    Bill & Jeannie Roberts

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  2. ian sparkes :

    George, my old friend, I am so sorry to hear of your soulmate. She will always be by your side just as I last saw you both walking through the Park. Take care, Hammer

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  3. Don Hutchens :

    Butch
    Thinking of you and your family with much sadness, but also pleasant memories.
    Hutch

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  4. Butch, I’m thinking of you in this time of terrible loss.
    Eric

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  5. Tammi & Family,
    So very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I briefly knew your Mom as a child and was re-acquainted in my adult life through my hotel career and NLTA were clients. Whenever I would visit their office, your Mom always had a big welcoming smile. She was so very proud and would tell me about you and your family and show me pictures. I hope the wonderful memories that you share will help you through this very sad time. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Tina Taylor

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  6. Hi Butch and Tammi :

    Sad to hear this news today, my family and I will keep you in our thougts and prayers.

    Todd Taylor

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  7. Although I didn’t personally know your mom, Tammi, I know that it was she that raised you with the right core values and the way to respectfully conduct yourself with others. I’m sure she had touched everyone else she has met from your kids to her friends in the same way. This will be her legacy.

    Heaven will welcome another angel to their flock.

    Our sincerest sympathies from Gord, Oi and the rest of the Lee family.

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  8. Butch and Tammi

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I have fond memories of Isabel, she was the cool mother. I still have the hockey player we made in pottery class.

    Mike

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