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WETTER, Mildred “Milley” (nee McLaggan)

February 12, 1928 – Calgary, Alberta
August 7, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Mildred Wetter of Calgary, AB, passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at the age of 91 years.

Milley was born in Calgary and remained a life long resident, and proud native Calgarian. Milley’s father passed away from pneumonia when she was three, and she and her brother Bill were raised by a strong, independent and loving mother, Etta, who had travelled from New Brunswick to Alberta at the age of 18 to teach school. Milley’s family home at the top of the 14 street S.W. hill was on the edge of the booming city at the time and still stands today. Her best friend of 89 years Sheila Bateman (Stagg), lived a few blocks away. Milley attended Central Memorial High School and began her working career as an Administrative Assistant at Texaco at the time when the Alberta oil industry was in its formative years. At Texaco she met Ray Wetter, a geologist, and they married in 1954. With Ray she discovered the local wonders of the Rocky Mountains, hiking and camping. The family grew with the addition of Graham (1956) and Janet (1959). As a young family many holidays were spent travelling to the west coast and camping and fishing in Alberta’s mountains. Milley had a lifelong love of performance arts, and regularly attended Theatre Calgary and classical music concerts. She was a voracious reader across a wide range of topics: classic novels, biographies, history, poetry and mysteries. She shared her mother’s amazing memory and ability to recite poems or humorous dittys suitable for any occasion. Her reading gave her an extensive vocabulary which made her a passionate and skilled Scrabble player, virtually unbeatable by any opponent except occasionally her iPad computer set to “expert” mode (which she regularly accused of inventing words to its own advantage). Milley found an outlet for the expression of her artistic side as a “hooker”, taking on the rug hooking craft from her mother and mastering it as an art form. She won numerous prizes at the Calgary Stampede art show and was selected to represent Alberta at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa to demonstrate her art in the public gallery. She also found expression and creativity as an accomplished cook, a love that she has passed on to both her children. With her children well established in school, Milley returned to the workforce and worked in administrative roles at Can West films, the CBC, and Total Petroleum. She also translated her love of cooking into a entrepreneurial venture in her own cooking supply shop, “Kitchen Complements”, which she operated for four years. Sadly Ray passed away at the young age of 52, and following an early retirement at age 60 Milley became an avid traveller visiting Europe with friends, Janet and Graham. She travelled to England (numerous times), Scotland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland. These trips always brought her great joy bringing her extensive reading background to life. Milley will be remembered by all who knew her as kind, positive, sociable, intelligent and quick witted. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Milley was predeceased by her husband Ray; and her brother Bill and is survived by her son Graham (Silvana Saccomani) and daughter Janet. Ben and Taryn Swiatek also shared a special place in her life.

A Memorial Reception will be held at Southern Alberta Pioneer’s Memorial Building (3625 4 St. SW, Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 11:30 a.m to 2 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to one of Milley’s favorite charities, the YWCA Family Violence Prevention Centre & Sheriff King Home; for information Telephone (403) 266-4111, email: sheriffk@ywcaofcalgary.com or The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455, www.calgaryhumane.ca.

In living memory of Milley Wetter, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Dale and Jacki Gobin

    Graham & Silvana and Janet. Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Aunt Milley. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at the sad time. Dale and Jacki Gobin

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