Betty May Downie

4 February, 192321 November, 2019

Betty May Downie passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 21, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 96 years.

Betty was born on February 4, 1923 in New Cambria, Kansas, USA. Betty immigrated to Canada with her parents, two brothers and one sister in 1924, homesteading near Rockyford, Alberta. She attended school in Nightingale and Calgary Normal School, graduating as a teacher. She taught in Brushy Lake where she met Maurice at a community dance; they were married in 1946. They lived in Tudor before moving to Carstairs in 1950. Maurice was a grain buyer, initially at Wessex and then transferred to Carstairs in 1960. Betty was a substitute teacher and worked at Beckner’s Men’s Wear, all the while raising a young family. She was actively involved in the community with UCW, I.O.D.E and Eastern Star. They moved to Calgary in 1972.

Betty is lovingly remembered by her daughter Margaret (Bob); granddaughters Larissa (Jeff) of Calgary, Christie (Kevin); great-granddaughter Shae and great-grandson Rylan of Swift Current; her son Douglas (Donna), grandson Curtis (Amanda), great-grandson Jeremy, great- granddaughter Talia of Winnipeg; grandson Jeffrey (Lyndsi), great-grandsons Nixson and Zachary of Edmonton; grandson Kyle (Gina) great-granddaughters Ariana and Lilah of Winnipeg. Betty was predeceased by her husband, Maurice; parents Curtis and Ethel; brothers Max and Emeral; and sister Rosalea.

If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of their choice.

A Celebration of Betty’s life will be announced at a later date.


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Fran Wright

4 December 2019

Hi Marg, just wanted to say I was sorry to hear of your Moms passing. I enjoyed looking after your Mom. She really was a sweet lady. Flames season is not the same without her and they could use her help this year!!! Take care xxx

Shirley Sarens

29 November 2019

Dear Marg and Doug and families,
Marg and I were three years old when our family moved across the alley from your family, and we have been good friends ever since. My younger brothers and I would play games -- tag, hide n seek, anti-I-over, Kick-the-Can and Red Rover with both of you and half of the neighborhood in your yard and actually all over the neighborhood! I don't think kids have those same kind of freedoms these days.... Your Mom would bring out the best cookies and treats and I thought she was the best baker and seamstress ever. She was always good to me, even when we were crazy teenagers playing loud music and sometimes misbehaving when your parents were out. I truly enjoyed seeing and visiting her when I was an adult -- she had such grace and elegance and warmth. I know you will miss her dearly. Thinking of you with love, Shirley Edmondson Sarens

Louise & David Potvin

27 November 2019

Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. We want to keep the ones we love with us forever. In some ways, we do. I think of my dear mother everyday as we also miss David's mother.
My visit's to Carstairs as a child with my parents and then later with Mom and sister Cindy were some of my fondest memories of visiting your family. We were always made to feel most welcome and loved. I am happy that we continue to visit with the same feelings and look forward to being with you to share at Aunt Betty's Memorial. Know that we are all thinking of you all. Love Louise & David.

Bettie St.Dennis

27 November 2019

Thinking of all Aunt Betty's family. I share so many memories of her, the twinkle in her eye; her laugh/giggle; her great sense of humor; her love of family past and present. She was a historian who wrote many wonderful stories of times past. In doing this she has left a legacy for her family and friends.
I cherish the times we spent throughout the years. She would say, "we Betty's have to stick together". I shared many a wonderful time with Aunt Betty and her family. We love you and will miss you. Rest in Peace dear Aunt Betty.