It is with profound sadness that I have to announce on the morning of Tuesday, May 6, 2014, beautiful, caring Linda, beloved wife of Robert “Bob” Wigelsworth, was called home to heaven. She was blessed with a wonderful family who she loved dearly, and they in turn loved and thought the world of her.
Linda grew up in Edmonton, and was the eldest daughter of Alexander and Florence Cunningham. Her younger siblings are Sandra Wilkins (Dwight Tanner), Lona Cunningham (Emma Russell), and Ronalee Cunningham (Bruce Beingessner). Linda attended Bonnie Doon High School and graduated from the University of Alberta in 1970. She later took an Education degree from the University of Calgary, graduating with Honours. Married in 1970 to Bob, she had four children Jeffrey (Alison), Craig (Jocelyn), Brett (Melanie), and Lauren (Kevin Peterson). Each of her children had a special, deep relationship with their mom. Her many gestures, antics, and sayings that spontaneously appeared have become part of the family mannerisms. Linda’s four grandchildren, Daniel (7), James (7), Megan (3), and Brooklyn (9 mo) had a special place in her heart, they knew Grandma Lin was the best, and that she loved them to bits.
Linda was a great volunteer, through her own activities and getting involved with the children’s various activities. Linda was part of the NorGlen Ladies Rhythmic Gymnastics group and attended two World Gymnaestradas in Europe (2003 & 2007), first as a spectator and second as a participant. Quilting was not only a hobby, but also a love. Everyone in the family has one of Linda’s quilts, and she ensured each grandchild had an original special edition. Quilt camp was always a favourite activity, and she will always be fondly remembered for her role as one of the “McGuire Sisters”. Linda was quite active in the PEGG Women, holding various positions on the Executive. She truly loved the Walking Group, Guess What’s Coming for Supper, the Scrabble Group, and the overall camaraderie she found with these caring women. She spent many happy hours at the northwest Ten Thousand Villages store, and making trips to the library for home bound patients.
Travel became Linda’s biggest love, other then her family. She particularly loved SE Asia; the food, the culture, and the people. Although not a diver and really not caring for water at all, she joined Bob on numerous dive trips to the Caribbean and South Pacific. She never complained too loudly, holding up her end of the bargain of being a non diver on a dive trip – she would shop, suntan, or drink anywhere in the world.
Linda had an amazing group of friends. During the last 18 months as Linda’s health failed, the support and kindness you gave Linda, the emails, cards and flowers that were sent to cheer her up, the visits to just sit, chat and laugh was nothing short of spectacular. In particular, the Lathom Crescent “girls” have earned our eternal gratitude – you are the best. The team from Palliative Health Care were tremendous, with wonderful personal support when Linda and her family truly needed compassion and assistance.
Linda’s passing has left a large hole in many lives, but we know wherever she is there will be lattes in the morning and a Crantini or “Cosmo” in the evening.
Linda did not want a formal funeral service and instead asked a Celebration of Life function be arranged a few months from now, when the shock and the pain are not so fresh. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Calgary Public Library or the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 47 Squire Bakers Lane
Markham, ON L3P 3G8, Telephone: (905) 294-7645, www.canadianpulmonaryfibrosis.ca.
In living memory of Linda, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences