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Westhaver, Ramona (Mona)

Ramona Westhaver passed away peacefully in her sleep in the company of family on the evening of Thursday, April 5, 2012.
Mona will be missed greatly by her family and friends. Mona cherished and spoke about her memories of friends and family to her ending days.
Mona was predeceased by her husband, Larry and is survived by her son Alan Westhaver (Lisa); daughter Maureen Sullivan (Duane Sharman); and grandchildren Heather Heine (Sam), Paul Sullivan (Megan Palmer), Robin Westhaver (Colin Irvine), Mark Sullivan, and Theresa Westhaver.
Mona was a true daughter of pioneers, born Aug. 18, 1928 and raised during Depression times on the rolling prairies just leeward of the Rockies, and south of Fort Macleod.
Mona held a deep love and appreciation for the value of family, friends, and the land — and always let that be known. Mona was fiercely determined in all that she did, and was driven by love for her husband, Larry, her children and grandchildren, her extended family (the Barrs of Ardenville), her adopted community of Triwood in Calgary, and an amazing network of lifelong friends.
Mona held to strong personal values, maintained a very clear sense of right and wrong, and demonstrated unsurpassed capacity for generosity, hospitality, volunteering, and smiles. She was always someone who family and neighbours could count on for an opinion, a place to stay, an unconditional favour, or just a good laugh.
Mona will be remembered always for her caring, open nature and the uncanny ability she and Larry shared for building and maintaining friendships among young and old. After arriving in Calgary in 1948 Mona and Larry were founding members of the infamous “New Year’s Eve Gang”, a second “family” that grew together for more than 60 years, and were active in the Calgary Craftsmen printer’s guild.
Mona was never afraid to venture out, and to the delight of her family, bravely took on activities that seemed at odds with her farm upbringing and cautious demeanour — like swimming, camping, snowmobiling, Stampeders football and golf. She cherished relaxing times with friends and family on her beloved shores of Kihei, Maui.
Following the passing of Larry in 2001, Mona lived proudly and independently at their home in Confederation Villas, enjoying an active life and close ties with many.
Mona was a woman who moved through every stage of life with grace, confidence and integrity — an inspiration to her family and, especially to her five grandchildren. She will live on in the spirit she kindled in her son, daughter and grandchildren.
Mona’s family wishes to thank Dr. Catherine Kuzyk and the wonderful and loving people at Agape Hospice for their kindness and support during this difficult time.
A memorial service will be held at Foster’s Garden Chapel, 3220 Fourth St. N.W., Calgary (across from Queen’s Park Cemetery) on Friday, April 13, 2012, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mona’s name to the Salvation Army Agape Hospice, 1302 Eighth Ave., N.W., Calgary, T2N 1B8. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the Web site www.fostersgardenchapel.ca.
Foster’s Garden Chapel Funeral Home and Crematorium, 3220 Fourth St. N.W., Calgary, T2M 3A5. Telephone: 403-297-0888. Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial.

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