BROWN, Vera (nee Bell)
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November 17, 1925 – December 19, 2012
Vera passed away with family at her side in the early evening of December 19, 2012. Our dearly loved Mom and Grandma clasped the hands of her beloved husband Fred and her daughter Brenda, joining them in eternal light and love in heaven. She was 87 years old and resided at the Carewest Colonel Belcher for the last two years, where her caregivers ensured her comfort by providing her with the best of care. Vera was born in County Durham, England to Elizabeth and Thomas Bell and came to Calgary, Alberta, along with her parents, at the age of three years. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister Brenda, her daughter Brenda (1954) and the love of her life, husband Fred Sr. (2011). Mom had a talent for so many things. Most appreciated by us all were her numerous craft projects – all of our homes have lovely ceramic figurines, knit blankets, pettipoint and paper tole pictures, lovingly created by her. She was a wonderful cook. Our family enjoyed so many special meals over the years where she made an effort to make each of us our favorite recipes. Vera was a member of the Calgary Police Wives Association and served on their executive. She was also a member of the Foothills Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She was an avid curler and bowler. She enjoyed trailering and fishing and particularly enjoyed many Summers and the early Fall up at "the property". Vera is survived by her son Fred Jr. (Diane); grandchildren, Michael (Susanne), Greg (Trinette), Krista (Victor); her son Ron and his dear friend Maggie; grandchildren Elizabeth (Rand), Jeff, Cody (April), and their mother Terry Todd, as well as great-grandchildren, Sydney, Misha, Owen, Rowan, Poppy, Katie and Zoe, Anna, Kennedy and Kolt. She is also survived by her brother Tom Bell and his wife Marilyn, her late husband Fred's brother and sisters as well as many nieces and nephews. A private family Memorial Service celebrating Vera's life will be conducted by Reverend Kenneth Balzer of Carewest Colonel Belcher on January 5, 2013 at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Chapel of the Bells. Graveside Service to follow at Queen's Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In keeping with Vera's wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Calgary & Southern Alberta Chapter, 1130F – 44 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 4W6 (Telephone 403-266-5295, www.cfcalgary.ca) would be appreciated. In living memory of Vera Brown, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane.
Published in The Calgary Herald on Jan. 5, 2013