On January 24, 2022 this kind and gentle soul passed from us to be with her husband  Earnie, other family and all her beloved four-legged friends who went before.

Soon after arriving from England in 1959, Ida began work in the cafeteria at Royal Jubilee Hospital.  It was here she would meet and later marry Earnie.

After spending many happy years at the “Jube” retirement to their “mini farm” on Walnut Street followed.

Here there was plenty of room for dogs and a chance to become virtually self-sufficient.  It was a fine place where life-long friendships with many neighbours were formed.

After Earnie’s passing, Ida relocated to a quiet family neighbourhood where she was able to entertain the family she loved as well as many friends.

With passing years, changing health and finally this terrible pandemic she accepted an offer to stay with her niece Linda where she was safe, comfortable and very happy, remaining here until the last few days of her life.

“Auntie” Ida as she was known to so many (not only nieces and nephews) was a truly beautiful person with a generous spirit and a loving heart, always able to find the best in people and keep a positive attitude. Quiet and gentle in nature she was, however, possessed of a stoicism and strong will which helped her survive adversity.

Her love of animals provided much happiness – whether it was feeding the birds, getting some love from a neighbour’s dog, or sharing her bed with Linda’s cat.

We were fortunate she was a part of so many lives and the world is a sadder place for her loss.

Sadly Missed…Lovingly Remembered


Her family locally, in Alberta and in England, and her many dear friends.

Our family wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks to the many caregivers who helped Auntie Ida and in particular for the kindness and compassion she and we received from the teams at Victoria Hospice.

For now a small private service at Royal Oak Burial Park.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Ann McKenzie

    We are so sorry to hear of Ida’s passing. She was a kind and cheerful neighbour for many years, and we always enjoyed our interactions with her. Barry and Linda and family’s devotion to Auntie Ida enabled her to live independently for so long….and we admire the family so much.
    Ida will be much missed and we are grateful to have known her.
    Gregg and Ann

  • Marjorie Murtha

    My sincere condolences. Linda and Barry on the passing of your Aunt Ida. Ida was such a wonderful sister-in-law and friend. So enjoyed her and Earnie’s visits to Alberta and the time we had with them in BC. Ida and I had many phone visits over the years. She often spoke of how helpful you all were. She was blessed to have such helpful and thoughtful nieces and nephews. I also thank you you for that. Remember Ida often commenting on how she enjoyed the Sunday country drives, etc.
    She will be missed by many.
    Margie (Marjorie) Murtha. – Edmonton

  • Martin Lingnau

    So sad to learn of Ida’s passing. I was fortunate enough to be a periodic caregiver for Ida. She was so kind and patient. She was glad to share her memories of girlhood days in England and later coming to Canada. She would also always ask about the well-being of my family. I will miss her. Martin

  • Cathy Fielding

    Well there’s a beautiful face I remember from the Harmony Room Cafeteria at RJH. She greeted everyone with a ready smile and it was a joy to share a bit of a chat with her. Ida was a true ambassador to the Department of Food Services. The little I knew of Ida, she was indeed an angel on earth with her love of animals. My sincere condolences to her family.

  • Diane Pierce

    You will always be fortunate your Auntie Ida was such a warm part of your family and she was very fortunate in you.
    Diane and Hector

  • Dayle Drouin

    A “Dove” represents Peace, Love, and Calmness.
    To me Ida was all of these. Her kind caring mannerism, her generosity, and her genuine interest in others is something I will always remember and admire. I am so happy to have known Ida and consider myself blessed to have had her as my friend.
    My love goes out to all her family…Barry, Linda, Shirley and Ken and their family.

  • Dianne Wolcott

    So very sorry for your loss. Always someone missing. I know you will be grieving as she was such a big part of your lives but I can see how much care and love you gave her in life especially when she needed you the most. Thinking of you all.

    Sincerely, Dianne and Valery

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