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January 10, 1914 - December 14, 2012
Whenever we lose those we love they remain, always in our hearts & in our silent thoughts. Though we are saddened to announce the death of our beloved Mom & Nana, she left us with many sweet memories dipped in chocolate she so loved! Her life & her strength of character will forever be celebrated. Born almost 99 years ago in Maple Leaf, AB (Crow's Nest Pass), the third of five beautiful daughters of Italian immigrants, Mom was their last standing family member. Widowed at 50 years, Inez was also predeceased by her husband, Robert, in 1964. Content to remain single, sculpting her own independent & active life, Mom was always curious, interested in the world around her. She'd made her first voyage to pre-war Italy at the then tender age of 25, returning several times to visit "The Old Country" & her extended family there. Following a 20 year teaching career in Coutts, AB, she embarked on a retirement full of world travel to every continent but Antarctica(!) and South America - she did, however, visit the Galapagos Islands. This sense of adventure carried through to the simplest road trips when she'd "ride shotgun" every chance she had! Mom made many true friends easily. Upon her retirement she left her familiar small town comfort zone, undaunted by moving to Calgary to live out her senior years. She readily took to new activities with a new circle of friends. Her mountain upbringing gave her an affinity for outdoor adventures that saw her skiing & hiking in her 70's & 80's! Another major 'player' in this full life was her love of Bridge which to her made other card games "boring" & which she enjoyed well into her 90's. She'd only lower her 'standards' to teach her grandchildren Cribbage, or Italian card games of Cassino & Scopa. She leaves behind her daughter Gay Faith (Ashford) of Edmonton, son George Truba of Lethbridge, & daughter Roberta Balog (Steve) of Calgary; 12 grandchildren, & 14 great-grandchildren. As we hold dear our memories of this complete yet unassuming, humble life we have honoured Mom's bequeathal to the Body Donations Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. There will be no formal service. Happy to know that you will be 'teaching' med students now Mom, you will be forever in our hearts, loved & missed.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2012