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COTTRELL, Mildred Edith

May 10, 1940 – High River, Alberta
October 9, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Mildred Cottrell of Calgary, on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the age of 78 years.

Mildred was born on May 10, 1940 in High River, AB and grew up on a fox and mink farm east of the town. Mildred entered the Holy Cross School of Nursing in 1958, and graduated as an RN in 1961. After graduation, she worked in the operating room at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, AB, before traveling by train to Toronto, ON to work in the OR at the Hospital for Sick Children. In September of 1964, Mildred returned to the University of Alberta Hospital operating room and worked there until 1968. While there, she worked in a variety of settings; she was in charge of the gynaecology theatre, the open heart and cardiovascular theatre and took post graduate courses in OR technique and management that led to Mildred teaching student nurses. Afterwards, she went back to High River and began working at the local hospital’s operating room while she waited to go work in the Bahamas. Mildred’s plans quickly changed in 1970, when through a mutual friend, she met a man named Jim. She decided to stay in Canada and take a position in the OR at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, AB. A short time later, Jim and Mildred were married in Calgary on July 30, 1971. Mildred continued to work at Foothills until 1974 when she accepted a position in industrial nursing at the Burn’s Meat Packing Plant and Western Fertilizer Plant. With the arrival of her son David in 1976 and daughter Carol in 1978, she left nursing to take on the new role of stay-at-home mom. In 1984, Mildred took a refresher course in nursing, and soon after, resumed her career by taking a position as a casual nurse at Bethany Care Centre. She continued to work there until 1993 when her illness with Multiple Sclerosis flared up, causing her to leave nursing. Mildred enjoyed spending the summers in Waskesiu, Saskatchewan with her family, where she spent many hours playing cards, playing golf, reading, and visiting with family and friends. Mildred will be remembered for her artistic ability, her cooking skills, her honesty, fierce independence, but above all her love of her family.

Mildred leaves to lovingly remember, her husband of forty-seven years, Jim; son, David; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Kirk; as well as her two grandchildren, Evan and Isla; and her dog Buster.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Funeral Home.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Calgary & Area Chapter, Suite 150 – 110 Quarry Park Blvd. S.E. Calgary, AB T2C 3G3 Telephone: (403) 250-7090, Condolences may be forwarded through

We would like to express our gratitude to the staff at Carewest Sarcee, where Mildred spent the last few years of her life. As well, we would like to express our appreciation to the staff in Unit 94 of the Rockyview Hospital for their support prior to Mildred’s passing.

In living memory of Mildred Cottrell, 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. I was so saddened to hear of “Millie’s” passing. She will never be forgotten and will be truly missed. We had some good laughs her and I. Work will not be the same without seeing her there and her wave goodbye at the end of the day.

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  2. I think back to our 1st day in training when she and I met. In the intervening years, many, many memories accumulated. It is those memories that I think about today.

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  3. Millie was one of the strongest and most resilient women I have ever met. I always admired her honesty. She persevered, and was the rock in the family. I will celebrate her life and legacy. Jim, Carol, David you are in my thoughts.

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  4. We were very sorry to hear of Millie’s passing. While having lost contact over the years, I can recall many great Grey Cup parties during the 70’s at the Cottrell’s. Millie took good care of me when I drank a little too much! I always appreciated her sense of humour and straight forward talk. Jim, we remember the good times and offer our sincere condolences.

    Don & Susan Quinn
    Victoria, B.C.

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  5. Michelle Stager

    My deepest condolences to the family. I have always admired Millie’s strength, sense of humour and caring of others. I continue to use her recipes every Thanksgiving and will keep her memory in my heart always. My thoughts are with you Jim, Carol and David.

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  6. Jim, David and Carol you are in our thoughts and prayers. We’ve had many years in Waskesiu as neighbors and Millie will always be in our memory.

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  7. I was so saddened to hear of Millie’s passing also. Everyday Millie would wait for Jim to come to her as he did every day. A true testament of love between them. I will miss Millie and all of her quick humour. I am very blessed to have met Millie and Jim. RIP lovely lady, I will never forget you…Kris Weisbrod

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  8. Carol, sorry to hear about your mom. My fond memories are of her coming over to volunteer at Glenbrook. My thoughts are with you and our family.

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