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WILLIAMS, Mary (Betty) Elizabeth (nee McDonald)

December 16, 1927 – Ottawa, ON
July 2, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Betty Williams of Calgary passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the age of 86 years.

Betty was born in Ottawa but moved to Calgary at a very young age, where she lived for the remainder of her life. She attended St Mary’s school and later Calgary Business College.

Betty is survived by three children Greg (Joanne Quirk-Williams), Diane (Fred) VanVliet and Therese McArthur; two granddaughters Michelle McArthur (Dave Badcock) and Deanna McArthur (Mackie Bellot); the VanVliet children and grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother Jack McDonald of Victoria, British Columbia and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Betty was predeceased by her husband Bob Williams, two infant children Martin and Catherine and three sisters Helen, Irene and Byrne.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. James’ Catholic Church (5504 – 20th Street S.W.) on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566 – 5864. www.ab.lung.ca.

In living memory of Betty Williams, 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.

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  1. John (Jack) McDonald :

    My baby sister is gone to be with her husband
    and siblings. May she rest in peace……

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  2. Leslie (Gunn) Forgie :

    Dear Greg and Joanne,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you celebrate your mom’s life and mourn her passing.
    May your family have a beautiful time of remembrance as you all come together at this time.
    Blessings, Leslie

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  3. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

    Thank you for the amazing laughs and treasured memories, Auntie Betty.

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  4. Darrel MacDonald :

    Greg, Joanne, and Williams Family
    I would like to pass on my sincere sympathy and condolences on the passing of your Mom on July 2. While I never met your Mom, Greg, I knew you and you were always a great friend to me and we had many good times together at Amoco. In the coming days, may you and your family have many fond memories of the times you spent with her. Take care.

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  5. Cathy Boyd Belanger :

    My most sincere sympathies to all of you . Greg Therese and Diane , My heart goes out to you as you gather together these next few days planning a final remembrance of your Mother Betty. I will forever treasure my memories of our summer vacations together. The Boxing day rituals and endless Gin nights throughout the winter months. Your mother was so kind to me, her giggle is something I can still hear as she throws her head back in laughter. I am relieved her suffering is over and is at peace. Take care of each other – be patient with each other and forgiving as you walk this final walk together. Our prayers are with you all. Hope to connect with you soon email me or message me on facebook when you are ready. Take care. Love Cathy ,Don and Family

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  6. My sincere sympathy and condolences to all the family.
    My thoughts are with you at this time.
    Marc

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  7. Teresa and Keith Turner :

    Our deepest sympathy Therese and family. Thoughts and prayers are lovingly sent to all of you! I am so sorry that we will be away the day of the funeral, but we will get together afterwards!!
    Xox

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  8. Bev and Dallas High :

    Greg, Dianne and Therese
    Dallas and I wish to express our deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear mother. Betty was our very dear friend over so many years, we will miss her greatly. Betty had a deep love for her family and was a good friend to all. We shared so much laughter and good times over the years, but beyond that Betty was compassionate and supportive for her friends in times of need.
    Bev and Dallas

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  9. Greg, Joanne, and Family

    Thinking of you with thoughts and hugs, and knowing what a wonderful dear lady your Mom was. She had many days of happiness, love, and laughter, with her family and friends she held so dear.
    Hugs and love
    Jane and Al

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  10. Heather Campbell :

    Dear Greg, Diane, and Therese,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mom passing away. She died on the 6th year anniversary of my mom passing away and I like to think that my mom was there to help your mom. I picture how happy your dad would be to see her and how my dad would be getting the party and the music going so that he could dance with her once again.
    Your mom was such a wonderful lady. The smell of Jergen’s hand lotion always makes me think of her and I will forever remember her smile and laugh.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
    Take Care.
    Heather

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  11. Patti (Thorn) Ogston :

    Greg, Diane, and Therese,
    Please know that my thoughts are with you all. I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I have so many wonderful memories as a child growing up in the old Altadore neighbourhood. Our parents had so much fun together! Your mom will always be known to me as the pretty lady next door who was always so kind to us all.
    May the support of others give you peace during this difficult time.
    Love Patti

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  12. Bob & JoAnn Badcock :

    We feel so blessed to have known and loved Betty. We spent many family gatherings with Betty and her wonderful family. Her love of life and young-at-heart spirit was contagious. She was a pure joy to be around. When we think of her, it always brings a smile because that is the same affect she had on everyone she touched, she made them smile and feel so special. Thank you Betty, for sharing your wonderful family and love of life with us.

    Bob, JoAnn, Robin,Curtis,Sophie,Terese, Shirley (Stanley, David’s Grandmother)

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