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JOLLY, Lt. Col. Elvira (Elva) Ann

Posted By Obits On February 10, 2017 @ 9:04 AM In Obituary | 11 Comments

May 24, 1936 – February 8, 2017

Elva died peacefully at the Salvation Army Agape Hospice in Calgary on February 8, 2017, age 80, after a valiant struggle with leukemia.

Elva was predeceased by her parents, Andrew and Elizabeth Jolly, and her younger sister, Joyce Janes. She is survived by three nieces, Sandra, Brenda, and Rhonda (Dan), her brother-in-law, Earl Janes, and three grand nieces, Hailey, Courtney, and Kirsten. Throughout her remarkable life Elva forged strong and lasting friendships in Canada and the United States. Among many, Lt. Colonel Joyce Ellery and Major Marguerite (Muggs) Lloyd were fellow officers in the Salvation Army that Elva met in 1963. The three became steadfast friends and shared many adventures, including Elva’s frequent visits to Fenelon Falls, Ontario and a memorable trip to Pakistan where they were stationed. Elva will be missed by the Calgary Salvation Army Glenmore Temple Corps and a multitude of fellow Salvationists.

Elva leaves behind a cadre of devoted friends: Dean and Trish Harrison, John Pearce and Terry Pezzot-Pearce, Peta Collings, and the many residents of Sierra West. Elva especially delighted in spending time with her nieces and our children and grandchildren. Elva became “Auntie Elva” to Clarissa, Tim, Kathleen, Scott, and Shelley and she was an integral part of our family celebrations.

Born in Nanaimo, Elva’s family moved to Chilliwack when Elva was about 10 years old. Elva became a Salvationist as a teenager and knew that she wanted to be a Salvation Army officer even before she graduated from high school. She attended the Salvation Army Training College in Toronto, was commissioned in 1959, and then served as a Salvation Army Officer over the next 40 years. Elva was first posted to Weyburn, Saskatchewan and then to homes for unwed mothers in Vancouver and Winnipeg. In Winnipeg, Elva earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg.

Elva was posted to the Salvation Army Children’s Village in Calgary in 1979. Under her stellar leadership, the Village transformed into an active children’s mental health treatment centre and she adeptly raised substantial funds for a significant capital expansion of the campus. She also earned a Diploma in Health Services Administration during this posting and months after her departure in 1991, she was awarded a Bachelor of Administration (Health Services).

Given excellent administrative and interpersonal skills, Elva moved to Toronto and worked in Public Relations and then in Women’s Social Services. She was posted to Ottawa in 1996, becoming the Government Relations Officer and the Director of Overseas Development for the Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda. Elva retired to Calgary in 1999. However, retirement did not last long. Elva became the Executive Director for Salvation Army Agape Hospice for a few years and loved this service. Throughout all of these years, Elva remained a pastor, presiding over marriages, dedications of infants, and funerals for family, friends, and colleagues. She has pronounced the blessing at countless banquets and humble meals and she has given a multitude of inspirational and educational speeches.

Pastoral minister, social worker, administrator – Elva did it all so well! She was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for her accomplishments. But what really stands out for all of us who were lucky enough to know Elva was her limitless energy and jolly humour, her visionary approach to systems and organizations that served others and, most of all, her profound faith in God and her unconditional compassion and commitment to anyone who needed help or care.

Elva’s family and friends extend their gratitude to Caprice Brunelle (Executive Director), Dr. Ulrich Lauf, Majors Faye and Joanne (chaplains), Shizuko (social worker) and the rest of the staff of Agape Hospice for the loving, gentle, and dignified care that they provided to Elva.

Elva’s Funeral will take place at the Salvation Army Glenmore Temple (921-68 Avenue S.W. Calgary) on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Elva requested that any memorial donations be made to Agape Hospice, 1302-8 Avenue NW Calgary, AB T2N 1B8. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Elva Jolly, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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Condolence from Jean Agar on February 10th, 2017 4:07 PM

I am so sorry to hear that Col Elva has passed away. She was a dear friend to my husband Wayne and I. Please God bless Elva’s family.

Condolence from Pamela M. on February 12th, 2017 4:20 PM

Elva touched many people all over the world with her loving compassion. She taught me a lot about faith, love, and life, and it was an honour and privilege to know her.

Condolence from Tena Bergland on February 13th, 2017 5:12 PM

We shared many a happy time together at the Children,s Village in Calgary.My condolences to all of her family,extended families,and the friends who loved her.

Condolence from Don Elfner on February 14th, 2017 5:19 AM

As a person who attended services at Glenmore Temple with my late wife and whose mother was a neighbour of Elva’s at Sierra West, I wish to extend my deep and profound condolences to her extended family at this time. Elva was always a friendly and cheerful acquaintance and will be missed by all those who knew her.

Condolence from Lorraine mcwilliam on February 14th, 2017 10:20 AM

Lots of great memories with Auntie Elva with her sister Joyce would come and visit the Burleys in Parksville. Never forgotten , God bless Brenda, Sandra Rhonda & Earl. Love Lorraine

Condolence from Judy Balliet on February 15th, 2017 11:49 AM

So sorry Rhonda and Family for your loss she has a great Obituary to read must have been a very special person….huggs to you all…

Condolence from Darlene Gammie Ball on February 15th, 2017 12:48 PM

I met Elva when she visited the family in Duncan . Enjoyed her visits. She married my son and her niece Rhonda and was a wonderful wedding. A dear friend of her sister Joyce. . She will be missed by family, friends and everyone whom she devoted so much of her time over the years. Condolences to all her nieces family and friends.

Condolence from Maureen “Mo” Ramage on February 15th, 2017 6:54 PM

To all Elva’s Family & Friends
I am sending you all my deepest sympathy on the passing of Elva.
I meet her when I first started volunteering at Agape many years ago.
She was a fun, knowledgable Lady and always a joy to be around.
I know she is celebrating the delights of Heaven now. I am out of the country but will be with you all in prayers and hugs.

Condolence from Jean Moulton on February 16th, 2017 8:24 AM

We will all miss Elva. How I enjoyed working alongside her in The Salvation Army Social Services Dept in Toronto. We became good friends. After her retirement to Calgary she so graciously hosted my visits to her new home and city. Elva was a joyful, dedicated Salvation Army Officer who loved those whom she served and her colleagues as well. She is now in the arms of Jesus.
Jean Moulton

Condolence from Ruth King on February 16th, 2017 10:14 AM

Elva has been a good friend and colleague for many years. I remember with fondness our association while we were both stationed in Calgary and again in Toronto. She was one who was always good to commiserate with to solve a problem. Elva will be greatly missed by her many friends and colleagues. My condolences to her family who were all very precious to her.

Condolence from Garry and Gael Pearce on February 17th, 2017 5:45 PM

We are sad to say good-bye to Elva. We have known her since the 1980’s
When we arrived on her doorstep a family of 6 as officiers blessed to assist her at the SA Children’s Village. We have been blessed to visit and
phone message for the last few years until she became too frail.
She gave me one of her uniforms and seemed happy to share the experience.
She will be so missed but was dearly loved.

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