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March 5, 1930 – Regina, Saskatchewn

November 16, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Vera May (Mimi) Welbourn, loving wife of the late Donald Welbourn passed away peacefully in at the Chinook Care Centre in Calgary on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the age of 88 years.

Mimi was born on March 5, 1930 in Regina, Saskatchewan. She pursued a career as a teacher, first attending Teachers College and then the University of Saskatchewan. She taught primary school in Saskatchewan and Alberta. In 1955, Mimi married Donald Welbourn. They initially settled in Calgary and moved to Claresholm in 1965 to raise their family.  After Don’s retirement, Mimi and Don moved to Calgary and resided in the city until their passing.

Mimi was a prairie girl who loved the big sky as much as she loved the big cities. She was a skilled and caring teacher and her students fondly remembered her long after they left her classroom. Mimi had a number of hobbies that kept her busy including swimming, playing the piano, reading, gardening and cooking.  She was a talented painter, drawer and decorator. She had an eye for colour and style which made her business, “Flings by Mimi” well known on the local trade show circuit. Above all, she loved spending time with her loved ones and family visits were the highlight of her days.

Mimi is survived by her four sons, Cullen (Hilary Roy) of Taipei, Evan (Jilanne) of Calgary, Graham (Suzanne) of Vancouver and Justin (Elizabeth Ferros) of Calgary, grandchildren Wheaton, Columbia, Redmond, Jameson, Graydon, Burke, Zachary, Joshua, Jaya and Nahlin and beloved caregiver and friend, Clare Tan.

Mimi was predeceased by her parents Charles and Mavis Koester, Brother Bev Koester and husband, Donald Welbourn.

Funeral Services will be held at Christ Church Elbow Park (3602 – 8th Street S.W., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.  Reception to follow at the church. Condolences may be forwarded through

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,

In living memory of Vera-May Welbourn, 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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  1. Good Morning from Fort Macleod. Your sparkling mother leaves a trail of special memories. Back in the day of the wonderful Macleod Bar, she and your Dad were such good friends to Grey and me. I’ll treasure those lasting thoughts, and the memories too of swim meets across the south, and those great Willow Creek relay teams. Sincerely, Carole Cressman

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  2. Good morning Evan and family. I was sorry to read of your loss. Your mother must have been a wonderful lady and you will certainly miss her. Remember the happy times and treasure the memories. Sincere condolences.

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  3. I first met Mimi when Don joined our 3rd year law class in Saskatoon after they returned from their honeymoon. We became much closer after they moved to Claresholm where Don practiced law and I was practicing in nearby Nanton. Our closest association was with the competitive swimming community where all of our children were involved either as mentors or competitors. Our sincere condolences to Cullen, Evan, Graham and Justin and their families from the Roddies, Bob, Jody, Jennifer and Bob Jr.

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