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WOLCOTT, Isabelle Flora (nee MacKenzie)

December 25, 1924 – Medicine Hat, AB
June 22, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Isabelle Flora (nee MacKenzie) Wolcott passed away after a brief illness at the age of 88 in Calgary.

Isabelle was born in Medicine Hat, where her parents ranched on the British Block until it was expropriated for the war efforts. She graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Calgary General Hospital in 1948. Isabelle received a Certificate in teaching Nursing from McGill in 1950, graduating with honors. She received the gold medal for Pharmacology from McGill and a post graduate certificate in Psychiatric Nursing from Ponoka, AB. Isabelle married Donald Milton Wolcott on October 27, 1949 and raised five children. Isabelle and Don loved to host gatherings for their family and friends at their homes in Calgary, Bragg Creek and Victoria. Isabelle was a dedicated and supportive wife for Don who had a brilliant career in the Canadian oil and gas industry. Following Don’s passing in 1987, she took on the position of Director of Wolcott and Associates, retiring in 2001. Isabelle will be remembered for mentoring all of her expanding clan, encouraging education, hard work, a sense of decorum and good manners. She enjoyed her friends at the Glencoe Club, the Petroleum Club, Calgary Opera and was a member of the Grace Presbyterian Church. Isabelle was generous to all her family and donated to numerous charities. She also sponsored the Don Wolcott lab and other initiatives at the U of C. Scottish heritage was important to her especially bagpipe music. She enjoyed using Skype to connect with her family and loved regular family gatherings which included music, performed by her family. Isabelle was truly one of a kind and will be missed by all who knew her.

Isabelle is survived by her family including daughter Donna (Chris) Berndt, and grandsons Duncan and Eric (Colin); son John (Mary) Wolcott and grandsons James (Lindsay) and Donny (Monica); daughter Maureen Williams and grandson Derek (Kim) and great grandchild Aubrey Isabelle and grandson Ian (Jasper) and great-granddaughter Emily; daughter Jan Nowicki (Ken) and grandsons Blake and Glen, and daughter Dianne Wolcott (Valery Borodin); her brother Donald MacKenzie (Joan) and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents Dan and Rosalind MacKenzie; her husband Donald; son-in-law George Williams; and her sisters Cathy, Rosalind, and Marion.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church (1009 – 15th Avenue S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Isabelle Wolcott, 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. Justine Wilks :

    Dear Moe, Jan and family,

    I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts at this time. Take care.

    Justine

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  2. Ken Stephenson and Yvonne Kendrick :

    To all of Isabelle’s family: This is to convey our sympathy and thoughts of caring to each of you at this time. Your Mom was truly a great lady who was proud of her origin as an Albertan and who had a practical and caring approach to life and her family. Her education and upbringing was always evident in the way she led her family by example of what was right and proper. You were indeed fortunate to have her for your Mom. Her love of life will be missed by all. God bless!

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  3. Ian McGillivray :

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Isabelle, she was a lovely intelligent lady. All my memories of her were positive and happy- she will be missed. Ian, Eve and family.

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  4. xEric and June Domke :

    Sincere condolences to all. We retain happy memories of our warm welcome to Bragg Creek, and of occasional meetings in Victoria.
    June and Eric Domke.

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  5. Kathleen Quinn :

    Dear Donna and family, thinking of you during this time of loss, and this time of commemorating your mother’s long life and all the stories and memories throughout the years. I remember some great moments at your parents’ home when we were in our early twenties. Thanks for the memories,
    Kathleen Quinn

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  6. Sandra MacDonald :

    I still think of The Wolcotts everytime I go past or to Bragg Creek. I was so glad to read that your Mom had a good full life. I had real respect for your Mom. I remember her welcome to your house on 15 St and Wildwood and Bragg Creek. I liked talking to her because she treated me like I had a brain. And of course, she was the mother to one of my favorite families. I’m sorry for you all that’ she’s gone. I’m sure you’ll miss her.
    Sincere condolences.

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  7. Valerie M. Sargente :

    Dianne and family,

    I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the death of your mother. Although I never had the privilege of meeting her, I know she was a great lady to raise a wonderful daughter like you.

    There is no doubt that her passing will be a great loss to all who knew her.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Valerie M. Sargente

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  8. Yantara Loretta Walker :

    Thinking of Isabelle, I remember Don, too, and recall the expansive style, the generosity, and the graciousness of that powerful couple. As a widow, Isabelle continued the Wolcott tradition of giving, and I am touched when I recall her kindness to my mother, Joyce Nowicki, her empathy and sharing. Christmas was Isabelle’s birthday, and Christmas was always brighter because of Isabelle. She had a heart that considered others. To all her grieving children and grandchildren, to all who knew and cared for her, I send my heartfelt sympathy. The loss of Isabelle reminds us all of life’s true meaning.

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  9. Wendy Newton :

    Dear Dianne and Family,

    I was so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.

    I remember the time that you brought her over to Salt Spring – I enjoyed her sense of humour so much. She was a great lady and I know that you will miss her immensely.

    My sympathies go out to all your Family,

    With much love,
    Wendy

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  10. Joan and Iain MacLennan :

    We are so sorry we are unable to attend Isabelle’s funeral to pay our respects.

    We will never forget her kindness to us when we visited Canada. Our thoughts are with you all.

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  11. Megan McCarthy :

    Dear Jan and Mo; I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. However briefly I connected with your family, those are very special memories, especially of Elkana Ranch. I could tell immediately upon meeting your mother that she had a warm strength and a natural grace about her. I’m sure your mother will always be with you in spirit, as she obviously passed down those qualities to you – her children. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. -Megan McCarthy, Staywell Footcare.

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  12. Clare, John, Mitchell & Luke Anderson :

    Our family was so saddened to hear of the loss of your mother, Isabelle.

    She was such a kind person and we always enjoyed our visits with her when she was in Victoria.

    We are so sorry that we cannot attend the funeral to pay our respects, however please know that our thoughts and love go out to all of you.

    Clare, John, Mitchell and Luke Anderson

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  13. Bernie & Bernice Sullivan :

    Hi Donna, Chris and Family!!! We are very sad to hear of the passing of your Mother Isabelle. We remember fondly the many times we met at your house in Red Deer and Calgary to play cards, put the kids to sleep and visit occasionally with your Mom and Dad when they popped by. Your Mom was a very engaging woman and our son Sean will never forget her remarks saying that he would be a strong person as he grew up because of his eyes in his baby picture. A true icon has passed and he will have you all in our prayers in the days ahead.

    Love, Bernie, Bernice, Sean and Jessica

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  14. Karen( Portfors)Fletcher and Family :

    I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I have so many memories of your mom when we were growing up. Love Karen and family

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  15. Brenda Scambler :

    Hi Maureen, Donna & family

    I just wanted to send my condolences on the passing of your mom. Over the years I have visited with her when I was with Sue or at Don & Joan’s it was always great to see her. She also was a nursing classmate of my mom’s and my mom always spoke fondly of your mom and got together with her at the reunions. Take care, my thoughts are with you, it’s always hard especially once both parents are gone.
    Brenda Scambler

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  16. Corinne Svardfeldt :

    Dianne,
    Just wanted to say, again, how sad we were to hear about your Mom. She was such a special person and I will always carry such wonderful memories of the time I spent with her. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love Corinne and family.

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  17. Marlene France :

    Isabelle was a long-time member of the book club, at 500 Eau Claire. Her sharp mind was always evident, and we were so pleased when
    she joined us for book-club meetings, even after she moved to Carewest. We will remember Isabelle as a very gracious lady. She will be missed.

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  18. Charlene Godin (Talking Heads Hairstyling) :

    Dear family of Isabelle,

    I am so sorry to hear of Isabelle’s passing. My condolences to all her family. I had the pleasure of doing Isabelle’s hair for over 15yrs. I looked forward to her visits, her conversation, humour and wise words. I would often grab her in the hallway of Bow Valley and usher her in the salon and give her a quick hair fix, curl and spray. She was very kind to me and we kept in contact when I moved to Vancouver in 2001. I think of her often.

    Sincerely Charlene

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