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HEMSTOCK, Emily Gould (nee Keeley)

July 8, 1919 – Claresholm, Alberta
September 28, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Emily Hemstock, of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully at Providence Care Centre on September 28, 2018 at the age of 99 years.

Emily was the second child of six born to William and Naomi Keeley in Claresholm, AB. She was a beloved sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and kindred spirit to many. Raised by pioneering parents, she became a frontierswoman herself when she ventured to Norman Wells, NWT in 1945 and met a man. Alex Hemstock saw her coming off the plane in mid-July and they were married that September. The years swept them from Edmonton, Redwater and Devon to Calgary, where they settled with their nine children, eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Anyone who knew Emily recognized a quick wit, a lively spirit and a certain determination. She was accomplished. No matter if you were a son or daughter, a grandchild, a friend or new acquaintance you knew you could turn to her. Emily enjoyed life to the fullest, whether it was spending time with her family, volunteering with community members or laughing among friends. She was never happier than when on the dance floor, most especially with her Alex.

Emily was predeceased by her loving husband Alex Hemstock. She will be missed by her daughters, Sr Anne, SP, Mary Jane (Gary Cioni), Catherine (Stephen Lee), Betty (Roy Mayfield) and Sue; sons, Jim (Nancy Gray) Bill (Edie Berlinghof), John (Suzanne Journault), and Chris (Brenda Owens); grandchildren, Tony, Sarah Jane, Laura, Karen, Jacob, Naomi, Russell, Sandra, Katie, Mark and Jennifer; great-grandchildren, Monica Jane, Cleo, Niccolo, Noah, Linnaea, Nadia, Nina, Kaja, Jameson and Gwendolyn; sister Mary Lou Lijdsman; brother Dan Keeley; and brother-in-law Alan Hemstock. Aunt Em will be missed by many nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church (10 Prestwick Drive S.E., Calgary AB) on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. Reception to follow at the Church. Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made directly to the Father Lacombe Care Centre Foundation, Chapel Fund, 270 Providence Blvd, SE, Calgary, AB T2X 2A3.

The family deeply appreciates the compassionate staff of the Providence Care Centre and to Dr. Monique Withers who befriended and tenderly cared for Mom in her last months.

In living memory of Emily Hemstock, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. To the Hemstock family, so very sorry to hear about Aunt Emily, since we have heard the news we have been lighting candles for her at churches in Venice, Florence and San Gimignano, and hopefully at St. Peters Basilica in Rome before we head home. I have such fond memories of your mom, back to the days in Mount Royal. God bless her and have been thinking of her lots lately. Love, thoughts and prayers to you all.

    Love Mike and Andrea Keeley

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  2. Joanne Taylor :

    I am sorry for your loss. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to say good bye. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Joanne & Scott Taylor

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  3. Al & Mary Myers :

    To the Hemstock Family, sorry to hear of Emily’s passing. We visited her the first part of Sept. along with Teresa, Emma & Abby. We have so many wonderful memories of your Mom & Dad, all the fun times we had at Venture Out.
    God Bless
    Al & Mary Myers

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  4. Eileen Coady and Family :

    Our deepest condolences to all the family on the passing of our dear Emily. It was an inspiration to see how well you accompanied her and each other through her journey these past years, months, weeks and days. She loved well and was well loved. She will be deeply missed by all of us. May you find comfort and consolation knowing she is at peace. We look forward to being reunited in Eternity. Be assured of our thoughts and prayers for her repose and for all of you. Yours in Christ,

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  5. To all the Hemstock Family. 99? Wow! Oh God, Bless Your Emily!!

    She and Alex loomed large in my world as a Perry kid, growing up in Calgary. I associate your parents with their caring for the poor in general and in particular, for the poor in Kurseong. Welcomed into Eternity by The Saviour, I imagine all the smiling souls in heaven whose arms are open to greet her.

    I am sorry for your loss and I pray for the repose of Emily’s soul.

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  6. Helene Michaels :

    On behalf of the Hughson family, I would like to extend our condolences to the Hemstock clan. I have fond memories of Emily and Alex and their children, especially Mary Jane.

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  7. On behalf of my mother, Helma Dreise, who was her next door neighbour at Revera Evergreen (formerly Symphony), I would like to extend her condolences to Emily’s family and friends. Helma remembers Emily with great affection, and the two ladies took great pride in how well they were holding up for their ages. (Helma is only 10 months younger than Emily.) Please accept our deepest condolences on your family’s loss.

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  8. My sincere condolences to the family of Emily Hemstock.
    Emily and Alex were great friends over many years and epitomize the strength and character of the people who built Alberta.
    Gerry Maier

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  9. Denis and Kathy McGrath :

    John

    We are sorry to read of your mother’s passing . Please accept our condolences.

    Sincerely,

    Denis and Kathy McGrath

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  10. Jane Oxenbury (Treanor) :

    Deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother and matriarch of the family. Always ready with a smile and a caring gesture she was special to all who knew her. Wishing you peace as you grieve her leaving and prayers for all of you.

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  11. Gerald J. Maier :

    My sincere condolences to the family of Emily Hemstock. Emily and Alex were great friends over many years and epitomize the strength and character of the people who built Alberta.

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  12. My sincere condolences to the family of Emily Hemstock. Emily and Alex were great friends over many years and epitomize the strength and character of the people who built Alberta.

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  13. To all the Hemstock family. Alison and I are sorry to hear of the passing of such a great lady. I have very many good memories of Alex and Emily. I feel fortunate to have known them both.

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