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CARLSON, Betty Wanona (nee Longman)

September 9, 1931 – Fairlight, Saskatchewan
May 18, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Betty Wanona Carlson of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully May 18, 2019 at the age of 87, surrounded by her family after a brief illness Though her health was declining over the past two years, Betty maintained her independence, living in her own home and enjoying family and friends.

Betty was born September 9, 1931 in Fairlight, SK, to Herbert and Etha Longman, but grew up in Maryfield, SK, where she met and married Melvin Carlson in 1953. Betty and Mel first resided in Edmonton before moving to Toronto in 1956 where they raised their family, made lifelong friends, developed a love for cottage country and actively participated in curling and bridge. In 1975 the Carlson family moved to Calgary, establishing a new home and cottage life, passing on their values of tradition and family to their children and grandchildren. Betty was always the connecter from generation to generation; from family to friend. Betty’s most important role in life was that of wife and mother, passing down her Saskatchewan small town values with her unconditional love and support of family and friends. Betty will be remembered as a kind and gentle soul, always thinking of others first. She enjoyed nothing better than sitting by a blazing bonfire sharing stories with those most important to her.

Holding her memory dear are sons John Carlson (Pam Carlson, Suzanne Boyd), Terry Carlson (Diane Haaland); daughters Sandra Carlson (Phil Robart) and Patricia Voncina (Gary Voncina); and grandchildren Bryce and Joshua Carlson, Katie and Mackenzie Robart and Georgia, Shanelle and Jade Voncina.

Betty was predeceased by her husband Mel, in 2005 and her daughter-in-law Mary Beth Carlson in 2013.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle NW, Calgary, AB), on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

The family wishes to express our deepest appreciation for the wonderful staff at the Foothills Medical Centre Emergency department and Special Services Unit 36 who helped Mom pass onto her next journey and provided comfort and support to her and her family as we shared her last few days.

In living memory of Betty Carlson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Cheryl Carlson

    to john,terry,pam&sandy an familys my thoughts are with you all on passing of ya mun &my Auntie Betty she will be sadly missed

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  2. cheryl carlson

    john.terry,sandra&patricia &familys thoughts are with you all in this sad time

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  3. Terry and Family:

    I was very sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. I have many fine memories of her from the time we were all growing up in Agincourt in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Countless weekends at your cottage on Buckhorn, the occasional and well deserved scoldings (always delivered with a twinkle in her eye) and her generosity will forever be remembered. I feel fortunate to have had her in my life.

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  4. Trudy Schouten (formerly Bell)

    Sincere condolences to the entire family, but especially Sandy – we were sisters-in-law many years ago. Keep the happy memories close to your heart Sandy.

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  5. Rob, Carolyn, and Becky

    Deepest condolences to John, Terry, Sandy, Pat and all of the family.
    Along with my wife, Carolyn, and my (step)daughter Becky we also mourn the loss of my aunt, Betty Carlson. Betty was a very, very special person to us. Some of my earliest childhood memories are from Mel & Betty’s houses in Toronto and from the many weekends our two families spent together at Mel & Betty’s cottage at Buckhorn Lake or my parents’ cottage at Bass Lake. Betty and Mel so kindly took me in to one of the spare bedrooms of their Calgary home for the nearly two months I spent working and studying at Alberta Children’s Hospital in 1984. My wife and stepdaughter, Carolyn & Becky, first met Betty in 2001 on a brief visit and trip to the Calgary Stampede, and later got to experience cottage life, and Betty’s warm and wonderful hospitality over several summer visits, my father (Mel’s brother) often joining us from New Zealand (where he had retired). My father passed away in 2013 and my mother had predeceased him in 1982, so Betty’s passing really does bring an end of a generation in this significant part of our extended family. There is also so much to be thankful for in my life, in our family’s life, that would not be there had it not been for this wonderful woman . . .

    [This is abridged from a more detailed history of the family account that Rob has written – anyone is welcome to email if they would like the longer version]

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  6. Daryl and Irene Rutt

    Our condolences to John, Terry, Sandy, Pat and all their families. Betty was like a second Mom to the Rutt boys and it was like a giant family reunion whenever we visited each other for feasts and laughter. With Betty’s passing we are all saddened by the last loss of that great generation of parents, but somewhere the Rutt/Carlson bridge foursome is reunited and the party carries on.

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  7. Our condolences to John, Terry, Sandy, Pat and all their families. Some of my earliest memories were going to day care at the curling rink where my Mom and Betty played at. Our families had a Christmas and New Year’s dinner tradition, which Betty always organized to perfection. I believe we gathered together for 25 or 30 years. When both our families moved West, the traditions continued. I was always so glad to be part of these family gatherings and will always have fond memories of Betty.

    Kevin and Brenna Rutt

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  8. The Elliott family sends our sympathy to all of the Carlsons. Betty’s passing is a sad time for us but we will surely remember her fondly as a kind, generous and engaging friend.
    The two families go back 75 years but the entry of Betty into the mix in the 1950’s certainly brought a delightful feminine element into the association. (and Jean Elliott got the privilege of being Betty’s bridesmaid.)

    David & Jean Elliott and Patty, Kevin and Colleen
    Edmonton, Alberta

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  9. Deepest condolences to John, Terry, Sandy, Pat and all of the family.
    Wishing you peace to bring comfort to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
    I will always remember aunt Betty with that very special twinkle in her eyes.
    Roxanne and Mike Christchurch New Zealand

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