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BELL, Hannah Anderson

March 9, 1925 – Downpatrick, Ireland
January 27, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Hannah Anderson (Nan) Bell of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the age of 93 years.

She was born at Dillon House to farmers Hugh and Marianne Porter in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, the eleventh of twelve children.
Hannah went to school to eighth grade and when she moved to Belfast with her older siblings she worked at Clokey’s Glass Company. Hannah met musician Ronald Bell in 1949, and they were married on December 30th of that year. Their only child, daughter Marlene Anne was born nine years later in February 1958 in Dublin. The family immigrated to Canada in May 1964 and spent eleven years in Ontario before moving to Calgary, AB, in 1975.
Ronald continued to play and teach music, and Hannah worked as a housekeeper for the Calgary Convention Centre for eleven years until she and Ronald moved to Victoria, BC in 1989 where they stayed for six years. Upon returning to Calgary in 1995, they moved into Shawnessy Lodge and spent six years there. As Ronald’s health declined, the couple moved to the Holy Cross Care Centre where they resided until Ronald’s passing in July 2004. Following her husband’s death, Hannah spent six months in Ireland with her brother and then moved in with her daughter and son-in-law. Hannah had a gentle, kind and sincere nature that was the essence of who she was. She always gave unconditional love and support and selflessly cared for her husband and her daughter, who was the light of her life. She was an avid hockey fan and enjoyed watching every game on TV. She attended her first live Calgary Flames game at the age of 89. Hannah also enjoyed doing word search puzzles and going shopping with her daughter and Janice. As her health declined, she went to live at Carewest George Boyack in July 2017, and enjoyed all of the recreational activities and outings.

Hannah is survived by her loving and devoted daughter, Marlene Clay and long-time special friend, Janice St. Anne, as well as sister-in-law, Kay Porter in Northern Ireland.

Hannah was predeceased by her husband, Ronald in July 2004, and son-in-law, Leigh Clay in September 2012. Hannah was the last surviving member of her family of origin.

A Celebration of Hannah’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB), on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home.

If friends so desire in lieu of flowers, in order to enhance the quality of care for residents there, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Health Trust – Carewest George Boyack, Suite 800, 11012 Macleod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB T2J 6A5, Telephone: (403)943-0615, Condolences may be forwarded through

Sincere thanks are extended to all the wonderful caregivers at Carewest George Boyack for the excellent care given to Hannah over the past one-and-a-half years especially Ana, Salve, Dede, Cherie, Seema, Odiri, and Tambu. Thank you also to Dr. Mark Sosnowski for all the years he provided excellent care to Hannah. A special thanks to Joseph Arruda for the compassion he had for his Grandma Hannah.

In living memory of Hannah Anderson, 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: 403-243-8200.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing Marlene. My thoughts are with you. May she rest in peace. No longer at your side, but living in your heart.

    With hugs,
    June McCoy

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  2. Dear Marlene,
    It was very evident to all who know you, Marlene, how devoted you have been to your darling Mother, Hannah. Your precious Mother was truly the light of your life! She brought delight and joy to your heart, and lightness to your step, Marlene. My heart goes out to you. May your fond memories of Hannah bring you consolation at this sad time. Mary

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  3. Dear Marlene,
    Your mom Hannah was such a delightful lady. I loved her Irish accent that she kept all these years . Know I am thinking of you and your loss during this time my friend. Helen

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  4. Dear Marlene and Janice,

    Our most sincere condolences to you both. Hannah was a sweet lady and will remember her kindness and her love of hockey. My heart brakes for you and I know that you will find the strength to go on and as each day passes the memories will be stronger and happier.

    Love always….

    From the Courchesne-Putland family xo

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  5. Myron and Colleen Masterson

    Our sincere sympathies to you, Marlene, with the passing of your Mom. You have had a special relationship with her which is demonstrated by the depth of your grief. She will always be a part of your life even now after she has physically departed. In the short time I knew Hannah I can easily see why you loved her so much!

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  6. My thoughts are with you Marlene on the loss of your mum….Auntie Nan. You meant so much to each other. Derek and I and our children have fun memories of times your mum and dad spent on holiday with us. Your mum’s laughter and your Dad entertaining us with his piano playing.
    Auntie Nan’ kindness in travelling to Ontario for my brothers funeral was so much appreciated especially by my mother who was so very fond of her.
    Sincere sympathy
    Betty and Derek Clinghan and family

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  7. Jacqueline Buja

    So sad you are gone. I remember your kindness and generosity when I visited Marlene in Hamilton and in Calgary for her wedding. I will always keep a little piece of you in my heart.

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  8. Holding you in my thoughts and prayers Marlene. I have really enjoyed all your FB postings and photos of your mom. A loving soul that is so evident in your spirit. Hope you were comforted by those closest to you as you gathered to honour her beautiful life. Hugs..

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  9. Dear Marlene, Doreen and I have been saddened by the death of my Auntie Nan. She was a great character and we had great fun and plenty of laughs when she came to stay with us on her trips back home to County Down (N Ireland). As the last surviving member of my mothers siblings (all 11 of them) her stories of her early years were always interesting and made me aware of the strength of a large farming family.She was particularly close to my Mother and our Uncle Ned and they both loved their time together and indeed both managed to visit with her in Canada. She always loved to hear the local news and sometimes was able to tell me of things that had happened that I was not aware of. Please accept our deepest condolences . Cousin Allan.

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  10. A big Hug to you, Marlene.
    Mom’s are so special and missing them almost breaks our hearts.
    I understand.
    Love to you and all others in your family.
    I could not attend yesterday, but you were in my thoughts.
    Lee McNiven

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