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BEES, Dawn Elsie

July 17, 1938 – Kidderminster, England
December 19, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Dawn Bees of Calgary, passed away on December 19, 2018 at the age of 80 years.

Dawn Elsie Bees was born in Kidderminster, England July 17, 1938. After completing school and administrative assistant training she was employed by Kimberly- Clark and proud to work her way up to assistant for the head of the company.

After joining the Mill Street Methodist church youth club in the 1950’s she met Keith, married September 1963 and completed her family with three daughters.

Tiring of the long daily commute leaving little together time for family the decision was made to move to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. These were wonderful years for the family sharing quality time together enjoying the sun, sand and waters with a laid back Caribbean life style.

In 1980 Dawn and family moved to Calgary and joined McDougall United Church with Dawn welcomed to the choir and able to share her joy of music and singing.

Dawn rejoined the work force in the mid 80’s enjoying her work as an administrative assistant in Children’s services at the Central Public Library. Following her retirement Dawn loved having more time to spend with her grandchildren and volunteered as the Reading Grandma at their school. She continued to enjoy church and choir and traveled extensively.

To escape the cold Dawn embraced a snowbird lifestyle spending winters in Phoenix doing many activities including aquasize, pickle ball, dancing and so many potlucks.

Her love for the beauty of nature and remaining active was a perfect match with like- minded friends who met weekly for hikes, with each excursion being an adventure filled with great companionship, laughter and need for GPS!

Dawn was diagnosed with end stage cancer June 2016. Her positive attitude and indomitable spirit throughout the course of her illness was inspiring for all.

Dawn is survived by her loving family, daughters Caroline Bees, Vanessa (Darryl) Gabert, and Maria (Greg) Swan; grandchildren Evan, Megan, Kyle and Ian. She was predeceased by her husband Keith.

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be
So He put his arms around you and whispered “Come to me”

Mom you will forever be in our hearts.

Funeral Services will be held at McDougall United Church (8516 Athabasca Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Church Hall. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email:

In living memory of Dawn Bees, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E., Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. Vanessa, Maria, Caroline and Families,
    My heartfelt sympathy to you all on the passing of your dear mother and my friend.
    I have many fond memories of Dawn from our excursions with our Elderberry hiking group and great neighbour.
    Betty Faires

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  2. John and Merle Heise

    We are thankful that your wonderful Mom is finally at rest. She was a great friend who enjoyed life while she was able.
    Our condolences.

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  3. I am so sorry to hear of Dawn’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. I knew her in Venture Out in AZ and enjoyed her friendship. Sympathy and blessings to her family.

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  4. It is so difficult to say “good-bye” to such a wonderful friend, as Dawn. Her warmth and laughter will always stay with me. As friends, the past 2 1/2 years have been such a bonus as Dawn carried on with such bravery and humor!!
    Rest well, my dear friend!!

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  5. Dawn was a dear friend who will be deeply missed. I shall treasure the memories of so many happy times we shared. She showed great courage and is finally at peace. Heartfelt condolences to all members of her family.

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  6. Gordon and Mary Stevens

    We will really miss Dawn. We enjoyed singing with her in the McDougall choir, playing Pickleball with her here in Calgary and spending winters with her in Mesa, Arizona. She so loved her children and grandchildren. Our sincere condolences to you all.

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  7. All of her friends in the Venture Out Solo’s club are sad to hear of her passing. We missed her so much when she could no longer come south to join us. I always missed how she could make me laugh. She had such a subtle sense of humor. It was on Dec 10 when we had toasted Dawn at our annual tea party event.

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  8. We will misss Dawn’s smile along with her upbeat personality, and cheerfulness. We had many good times at McDougal and in Venture Out at parties, dances and working on projects. I know her family meant a lot to her and I am sure you will miss her greatly. However you will have many happy memories to see you through this sad time.

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  9. I knew Dawn when we both worked in Administration at the Library. What a warm and wonderful lady! She brightened the days of her co-workers with her genuine interest in people, her kindness, her gentle manner, her welcoming smile, and her delightful laugh. I think of Dawn with fondness, and offer my heartfelt condolences to her family.

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  10. Dawn was such a wonderful, positive lady. She certainly will be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers to her family that she treasured so much.

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