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ELLISON, Janice Louise (nee Brown)

October 11, 1956 – Scarborough, Ontario
March 8, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

Jan, beloved wife of Richard Gordon Ellison of Calgary, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2016 at the age of 59 years with her husband by her side, after a short, courageous second battle with cancer.

Jan was born on October 11, 1956 in Scarborough, ON, the only child of Audrey and Harold Brown. She met her husband Rick while both worked at Canadian Pacific Railway. They were married on November 10, 1979 and resided in Whitby, ON before relocating to Calgary in 1996. She enjoyed travelling, music, clothes and dinner in a nice restaurant. Jan was a loving and caring mother whose primary focus was her family. She was thoughtful, kind-hearted, considerate, and always there to lend support to a friend. She was sad to leave a great group of friends and family behind in Ontario, particularly her cousins, Sharon, Lori, Steve and Valerie.

Jan will be dearly missed by her loving husband Rick and their children James and Jennifer and all those who knew her.

A Celebration of Jan’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. with visitation starting at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society.

In living memory of Jan Ellison, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Rick Jamie and Jenny, our deepest sympathy to you all. Jan was a great friend, we will miss her kindness, her funny, informative email updates and her cheery phone calls. We have many happy memories to look back on.
    Patricia John claire and Patrick Kyle

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  2. Sharon Milford

    I don’t even know what to say. We grew up together, were best friends for so long, shared so many happy, fun memories. I will always miss her terribly.
    Rick, Jenny and Jamie, I’m here for you anytime.
    Love Sharon

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  3. Our Deepest sympathies go out to the Ellison family during this time. Jan was one of my best friends and one of the most thoughtful people I knew. She was a great mother to her children, a great wife to her husband, and an amazing friend to me. She kept in touch with her friends and checked up on them all the time. She had genuine concern for others well being and to not be able to speak to her again deeply saddens me. I know that she will forever be in our hearts though, and she has left many great memories behind. We love you and will miss you Jan

    Love the Elwazani family

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  4. My thoughts and prayers are with you Rick, Jenny and Jamie. Jan was one of the strongest, most courageous women I’ve ever known. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to see her twice over the last few years and always looked forward to our email chats. Jan was truly a very special person who will be missed by all. Goodbye to my beautiful cousin and friend. Love Lori

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  5. Carla Campagnolo

    Rick, Jenny, and Jamie,

    My heartfelt condolences.
    Jan was a beautiful person; patient, friendly, always so positive, a very supportive friend, always had a smile.
    I will miss her emails so much.
    I will always remember Jan as a treasured friend.

    May your memories of Jan sustain you during this very difficult time.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Carla

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  6. Rick, Jamie, & Jenny:
    Jan will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Her kindness and thoughtfulness touched us all. Our thoughts are with you as we share in your loss, and I hope that our support will help to see you through this difficult time. Jan will be fondly remembered. Dan

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  7. I worked with Jan for a number of years when we both worked at Reitmans. She was the nicest person I’ve ever met, and just an amazing soul. I heard about her passing through some former co-workers and I was incredibly sad. I am very sorry for your loss. Jan was absolutely amazing, and will definitely be missed

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  8. Jan and Jenny, I’ll never forget our great night out in London. We almost closed the restaurant. Will cherish those memories always. Love Claire

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  9. Rick, Jan and you have been wonderful friends for many, many years. Words of sympathy seem so inadequate at a time of great loss such as this. Please convey my heart felt condolences to Jamie and Jenny, and accept my deepest condolences.

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  10. Rowena de Lima

    Dear Rick, Jenny and Jamie,

    I’m in shock at losing my best friend, Jan. My deepest condolences to all of you. Jan and I go back some 40 years when we worked at CP Rail. I will always treasure the wonderful, fun times we had together. She was always there for me through the years listening and supporting me every which way she could. I will miss our long chats on the phone and her cheerful voice. She was an amazing friend. Will miss you, Jan, Rest in Peace, my friend.
    Love, Rowena

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  11. To Rick, Jamie and Jenny,
    My deepest sympathy goes out to you as you mourn Jan’s passing. I hope all the dear memories you hold in your hearts will help to ease your pain and sadness. I remember Janice as a good school and neighbourhood friend from earlier days. I’ve looked through old photos and see her at my birthday parties. We look about 8 years old. Janice was alway so good at sending letters keeping connections with far away friends. It always came across clearly how important her family was and how proud she was of all of you.
    My sincere condolences,
    Kathy Maxwell

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  12. Steve and Myrna Stanton

    Rick, Jamie and Jenny,
    Awesome person, Jan always made sure she kept in touch, checked in to see how we were doing and never once mentioned that she was always the one emailing first! Thanks for letting me play your CCR album!
    We will miss her.
    May the Peace of the Lord be with you.
    Our thoughts and prayers,
    Love Steve and Myrna

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  13. Kendra Stanton

    Rick, Jen, and Jamie;
    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Jan was such a beautiful person. She was one of the most selfless people that I ever had the pleasure of knowing.

    Love, Kendra

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  14. Catherine Beagan

    Rick, Jamie and Jenny,
    I wish I could be there today with you to tell you in person how time and distance hasn’t diminished how much I cared for Janice and share what a wonderful person I always thought she was. Janice was so good at staying in touch and remembering birthdays, sharing special moments, sending pictures and updates on the family. Jamie and Jenny – she was so proud of you both, and her love for you came through in all of her writing. We knew each other since Kindergarten and all through school, and she was always a gentle, kind, caring and fun friend to be around. I’m so sorry that she has left this world. Please know that I am thinking of you today.
    My deepest sympathies,
    Catherine Beagan (nee Allen)

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