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WILLIAMS, Marlene Heather (nee Immel)

August 26, 1947 – Brantford, Ontario
May 13, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Marlene of Calgary, AB, passed away on May 13, 2018 at the age of 70 years.

Marlene’s memory lives on in her daughter, Wanda Williams; her sister, Shirley (Don) Woodard.

Marlene was predeceased by her brother Ronald Immel.

Mom,

You always protected me, cared for me, supported me and loved me, even when I made it almost impossible. You stood behind me to let me shine and always had my back. You stood beside me when I had no one else. You fought so hard for years and didn’t want to leave. Not because of fear or anger of not getting to do or have more, it was because you were worried about me.

I miss you so much Momma Tree (You and I alone know the story behind that nickname). In the end the only thing I could do for you was to let you go. Let you know it was okay to let go. I didn’t say it because I don’t love you or wanted you to go. Far from it. I did it because I think you needed to hear it, to have any peace. I think you were waiting for it, I hope it eased your heart.

Thank you for letting me be there with you when you left. I would have never forgiven myself if I wasn’t. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done-needed to do for you. You couldn’t have had anyone beside you that loves you more than I do. After 44 years of being on the receiving end of so much love, support and care, I hope what I did was enough, I wish I could have said “I love you” more. There are never enough “I love you’s”.

In your honour I will tell the story that you loved and always made you laugh no matter how many times I told it. It’s a true story with a ‘Twist’ I always put on it. It’s the story of how I was named. After I was born the nurse handed me to my Mom. Smiling, the nurse asked “What would you like to name her?”. Mom, exhausted, looked at the nurse and said “Oh ya, I have to name her too”, with a sigh she looked around the room and gazed upon another new mother in the bed across from her. Mom said “Hey, Hey you over there. What’s your name?” The woman replied “Wanda”. Mom waved her hand in the air and exclaimed “Okay, good enough. Name her Wanda”. Of course although my Mom did get my name from another mother in bed across from her, this did not happen in the flippant, annoyed, dismissive nature that I portray every time she told me to tell someone the story, but how it made you laugh.

Love you forever.

In living memory of Marlene Williams, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Karen Venables :

    Dearest Wanda:
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Your mom was such a presence in the ER for so many years and was a great unit clerk. and I have thought of her often. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
    Karen Venables

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  2. Sabine Bartels :

    Wanda, I am very sorry for your loss! My heartfelt condolences to you and your family

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  3. Marnie Ward :

    I am so sorry for your loss Wanda. Your mom and I worked together at Rockyview ER and I always enjoyed our time together. You are in my prayers…

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  4. Sarah Fajnor :

    So sorry for your loss. Her smile, laugh, and loving heart will be missed. Much love!

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  5. Eleanor (Carney )Murray :

    Wanda & family. So sorry to hear about your Mother. I worked with her at the Holy Cross & Rockyview emergencys. we had some good laughs over the years. I will miss seeing around the hospitals. Thought & prayers are with you….. RIP Marlene until we meet again!!

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  6. Debbie and Bob DeMara :

    Dear Wanda
    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Bob also passes on his condolences. I loved working with Marlene and we shared a few good laughs thru the years The letter you wrote was very touching and I know you and your mother were very close. Take care Wanda

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  7. Carol Doris :

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing Wanda, she was a great part of our old RGH ER, hope you know thoughts and prayers are with you. Carol Doris

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  8. Gail Starchuk :

    Wanda, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I hadn’t seen her for many years but I think back to your Mom at Rockyview with many fond memories. We had so many laughs together .

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  9. Grazyna Czarnecki :

    Dear Wanda,
    My deepest condolences to you on the passing of your Mom.
    I will always remember her as a member of our RGH ER Family, we had lots of laughter and stories to tell. Your letter about your Mom is beautiful. Take care Wanda, she will always watch over you.

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  10. Linda Fauth :

    Wanda, my deepest condolences for the loss of your wonderful mother. She was a great colleague and friend at RGH – ER and I will always remember her caring, loving smile and laughter. Her love for you was number one. She will be deeply missed.

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  11. Cheryl Dymond :

    Wanda: was so sorry to hear of Marlenes’ passing. Your mom and I (and you) worked many nights together at the Rocky and shared lots of laughs (and a few tears)! My sincere condolences to you and your family, I hope the memories of good times help to ease the pain! Please know that I have thought of you both often.

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  12. Paula McWilliam :

    Marlene, you were always such fun at the unit clerk desk…one of my work Mums for my years there.
    Wanda, my thoughts are with you and my hear goes out to you.

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  13. Matika Giese :

    I’m so sorry Wanda:((… I worked with your mom in ER…
    My condolences:(

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  14. Margie saleem :

    Dear Wanda,
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom. I always enjoyed working with your mom. Marlene ran a tight ship but there was never a shortage of laughs. I will always remember her laugh and kindness she shared with me. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care love Margie

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  15. Marilyn Hayward :

    Great tribute Wanda. Marlene had such a great sense of humor. That’s what everyone will remember.

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  16. Heidi MacDonald :

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, Wanda. I worked with her in the Emergency Department at Rockyview. She was a straight shooter and had a wonderful sense of humour. May her memories give you much comfort as you grieve.

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  17. Mary Baines :

    Wanda so sorry to hear about your moms passing, she was a great gal and I really enjoyed working with you. Please know we are keeping you very close in our thoughts and prayers.

    Mary Baines

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  18. Darlene and Grant Hamilton :

    So sorry for your loss Wanda– your mother was a kind loving lady and will so be missed. Enjoyed working with her -will miss her laugh and smile ! Darlene Hamilton

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  19. I am sorry for you loss.Your mom was a very special lady. I can still hear her singing Happy Birthday over the pa in emergency. She will be missed.

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  20. Harold Steinwand PEI :

    Wanda, we send our deeply condolences for the passing our mom ! We had good memories of working together at Rocky ER .Mom Marlene had a special smile and laugh whenever you meet at the desk. Good memories…Wanda, May our thoughts and prayers bring comfort to you! Harold & my wife Fran,PEI

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  21. Hi Wanda I was saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. I have alot of very fond memories of working with you and your Mom. She was one of the realest people that I ever worked with.

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  22. Heather Nimeck :

    Marlene was an amazing coworker and I enjoyed her humour so much. She made the shifts go fast and I missed her when I moved on from the Rock! I will cherish my memories with her. RIP !!!

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  23. Wanda, I am so sorry to learn that you lost your mom and best friend. I worked with her at the Holy Cross and the Rockyview. She was one of a kind. She will not be forgotten.

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  24. Dear Wanda,
    So sorry about your Mom. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
    I worked with your wonderful Mom at the Holy Cross and Rockyview ER. Your Mom had a beautiful smile, loved her humour, her laugh and she always put a smile on our faces! Thinking of you Wanda.

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  25. Allison Dickson :

    Dear Wanda,
    My deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother and best friend. I am glad to have met your mom and yourself. Thinking of you during your time of grief and sadness.

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  26. Dear Wanda,
    My heartfelt sympathy for your loss.
    Marlene will always be remembered for her thoughtfulness and kindness to the people she cared and loved. You’ll be missed Marlene.

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  27. Sherri Stirling :

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I have such great memories of your Mom, so many laughs with her. She was always so real with her good and bad times. You were her brightest light and you two were a great mom and daughter duo. Sending thoughts of comfort your way. Xoxo

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  28. Shirley Woodard :

    Wanda, words may not ease your pain, or the sorrow that you bear, but may you find comfort in knowing that others care. By reading the condolences, there were a lot of people who cared about your mother. It was nice to read their kind thoughts at this sad time.
    Aunt Shirley and Uncle Don

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  29. Marie Weeks :

    So sorry Wanda to hear of your loss. We enjoyed working with you both in the emerg
    Take care & let me know if I can help.

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  30. Carla Beardsell :

    Wanda, my condolences for the loss of your mom, Marlene. Worked with her in ER at RGH years ago and loved her sense of humor. So glad I saw you both more recently shopping at Costco that time. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you strength for the days ahead. Carla

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  31. Pat and Jocelyn :

    We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Marlene. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you and hasten the journey of her soul to Heaven. From: Pat and Jocelyn

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  32. Pat and Jocelyn :

    Wanda,
    We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Marlene. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you and hasten the journey of her soul to Heaven. From: Pat and Jocelyn

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  33. Alsina Butt :

    Hi Wanda!
    I was deeply saddened to hear of your mother’ s death! I have been looking all over for you since I came back from Pakistan. I hope you get this message and are able to meet up my name is Farheen we used to work together at gold video…remember? I hope u get this soon so we can meet up before I leave again. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family she was a great kind hearted and very joyful woman as I remember her. Hugs to u my dearest

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