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HAMPSHIRE, Unity Joan

February 3, 1919 – North Petherton, Somerset, England
May 26, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

This cheery dear passed on to join her husband, Jim, on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

She lived up to her name, Unity, symbolizing the reunion of her parents after WW1 through to being the proud matriarch of her own family, always thrilled to bring us all together. During her long and adventurous life she wore many hats; English farmer’s daughter, World War II children’s nurse, wife, mother, doctor’s nurse, choirmistress, travel consultant, world traveler, and devoted grandma. After the war, Unity and Jim with their two young children immigrated to Canada in 1952, driving the non-existent Trans-Canada highway from Toronto to Calgary where they made their home and became proud Canadians. Here she worked at the Children’s Hospital and a doctor’s office before joining Jim at H&M Travel. Their home was always open to anyone who needed a friend or a place to stay. Over the years, many expats lived in their basement while establishing their new lives. She kept busy with needlepoint and knitting (we all remember the Christmas when she knitted nosewarmers for the entire family!), bird-watching, gardening, card games with her many friends (gin and tonic in hand) and enjoyed day trips to the mountains to refresh her soul. In their retirement, Unity & Jim spent many enjoyable weeks on road trips exploring North America and organized fun-filled get-aways for their friends in the Southwood Seniors, as well as travelling to most continents, but always returning to her home in the foothills within sight of her beloved mountains.

Unity is survived by her two children Carol (Gordon) Fuller and Keith (Cathy) Hampshire; her four grand-children, Gwenda Lorenzetti, Theresa Lorenzetti, Christian (Megan) Hampshire and Laura Hampshire; and her three great-grand-children, Mark Heritage, Rowan Hampshire, and Elliot Hampshire.

She was pre-deceased by her parents Archie Clarke and Olive Bowerman; her husband of sixty-four years, Jim Hampshire; and her grand-daughter, Melissa Foursha.

A service to celebrate her ninety-nine years on this earth will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (7 Sunmills Green S.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with an informal reception to follow in the church hall.

Thanks to the caregivers at Southwood Extended Care Centre for their compassion and thoughtfulness over the past four years. If friends so desire, in recognition of her love of children and travel, memorial donations may be made directly to Dreams Take Flight (Calgary International Airport, P.O. Box 102, 2000 Airport Road N.E., Calgary, Alberta, T2E 6W5) http://yyc.dreamstakeflight.ca/ Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

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  1. Loyce Clarke :

    Mrs. Hampshire was the nurse at my physician’s office many, many years ago. As a young and anxious new mother, a call to Mrs. Hampshire and I was given the advice I needed. It was she who said she expected the lump on our baby girl to be a hernia. She was always so kind and so generous with her knowledge, I have never forgotten how fortunate I was to have Mrs.Hampshire giving me the support I needed with my daughter who had some minor health challenges. Via con dios Mrs. Hampshire

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  2. Margaret Lamont :

    My deepest sympathy to the family on the passing of Unity.

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  3. Connie Hardie :

    Gwenda. So sorry to hear of your Grandma’s passing, but what a wonderful life she had. Sending my sympathy to your family and you. Hugs. Connie

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  4. Margaret and Alan :

    Good bye to a very special lady we are proud to call our second Mum we will miss you, with love from two people who stayed in your basement when we came to live in Calgary 50 years ago, you took us into your home and lives and you will stay in our hearts forever.
    Say hello to Dad for us.
    Deepest sympathy to all the family.

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  5. Kim Omelchuk :

    Sending deepest condolences on the loss of dear Unity, who was a beautiful lady with such a warm personality, here at Revera Evergreen (formally Symphony Senior Living) we will never forget her amazing stories and smiles shared. May memories you enjoyed as a family bring you comfort and peace in the days ahead.
    Kim (Recreation Dept.) and all residents and staff.

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