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WILSON, Violet MacGregor

August 5, 1921 – Fort Macleod, AB
September 21, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Violet passed away in the early morning hours of September 21, 2013 at Sarcee Hospice after a short struggle with cancer. Violet was born in Fort Macleod, AB to Kenneth and Ursula MacGregor.

Her father died a young man in 1929 and her mother predeceased her in 1965. Violet was their only child. In 1948 Violet married James Wilson of Calgary at Scarboro United Church. They were married for 46 years when Jim died in 1994. Her “MacGregor Cousins”, Dr. John of Chicago, Kathleen Swanson (Cairns) of Calgary and formerly Granum, AB and Charles of Calgary, predeceased Violet.

Violet was an executive secretary in the oil industry for many years, retiring in 1981 to care for her beloved Jim. Violet was a long standing supporter of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Calgary Opera. She was a resourceful, wise, elegant and engaging woman with a streak of polite toughness. She faced and handled many challenges in her life with firm resolve. Violet will be remembered by her many friends that she valued deeply. Surviving family of Violet are cousins, Coleen Wiebe (Wallace), Michael Cairns (Connie) and Margann MacGregor of Calgary; John MacGregor (Daisy) and Debbie Riddell (Bob) of Edmonton; Jay MacGregor (Gloria) of Chicago, IL, Sue MacGregor of Charlevoix, MI (predeceased by husband Ken), and Roderick MacGregor of Phoenix, AZ. Violet is also survived by Jim’s niece, Jane Lofto (Don) of Kitchener, ON and Jim’s nephews; Ken (Terry Anne) Soderberg and Eric (Lori) Soderberg of Conrich, AB.

Violet’s family are grateful for the loving attention from her great friend, Dale Kirschenman over many years and also from her “Girl Friday”, Theresa Holdershaw and her loving friend from Toronto, Sue Cantlie. The family expressly thanks all of the nursing staff at Sarcee, as well as the kind attention of Dr. Henrietta Van Rooi for their loving care of Violet and, indeed, the whole family.

A Memorial Service will be held at Scarboro United Church (134 Scarboro Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T3C 2H1) on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. Rev. Lee Spice officiating. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations in Violet’s memory may be made directly to Scarboro United Church.

In living memory of Violet Wilson, 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. Richard Penn and Elizabeth Solecki :

    An indominatable spirit, always with a twinkle in her eye and that marvellous clear-eyed smile. You will be missed by your friends, when I think of Violet a smile always comes to my face. A wonderful neighbour, full of vim, vigour and great stories. Richard and Elizabeth

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  2. I think of all the fun we had over the past 20 years. We will miss you Violet. Brian and Ellie

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  3. carolyn & barry lloyd :

    I had the privilege of knowing Violet thru her many travels with us when I was a Travel Consultant with Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Calgary. Violet held a special place in our heart. When Jim passed away, Violet was in a panic because her refrigerator “gave up the ship” and she had invited friends back to their home for refreshments after the service. She called us and we told her not to worry. My husband, Barry, and I collected every possible cooler we could find, loaded up with ice and headed to their home to lend a helping hand. She travelled with us on many cruises and she was always “the life of the party”. We had a nickname for Violet … it was “SPLASH” as she loved her cocktail time vodka with a splash of whatever. We had many laughs over the years and was so sorry to learn of her passing. Sadly, we were out of town and unable to attend the Memorial Service on Sunday. She was a most gracious, vibrant, soul who loved her many bridge games, travels, Calgary
    Philharmonic concerts and visits with family/friends near and far. I knew when the phone
    rang and it was Violet’s voice on the other end … she was on the move again. Anyone who knew her could only love her. On this her final journey, may she rest in peace after an exciting and dedicated life …. to the “love of her life, Jim”. May they be together once again for all of eternity.

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