Gwendolyn Juanita Oswald (nee Ellis)
November 13, 1922 – April 5, 2014. Gwen passed away peacefully on April 5th in White Rock, BC at the age of 91. Gwen found great comfort and strength in her faith and now all those who loved her take comfort knowing there is one more angel above. Born in Calgary, Alberta to Victor and Myrtle Ellis, Gwen was an excellent student and immediately began working for the Hudson’s Bay Company after graduating high school. She rose to become Manager of various departments as well as a Buyer. She also worked in Human Resources hiring and training new employees. She was later moved to Edmonton and held similar positions. Her fondness for Calgary and her love for her family and friends ultimately drew her back to Calgary where she sold advertising for the North Hill News until her retirement. Gwen was a long time member of Central United Church, and the Calgary Winter Club, and she enjoyed playing golf and bridge. Whether it was food and games at home, or visits to the CWC, or the Stampede, Gwen (or Gwennie) was always full of energy to entertain visiting family. She was a sports fan, particularly her favourite Calgary Stampeders, and she had a deep fondness for ballet. Gwen also enjoyed her opportunities to travel — buying trips to New York, road trips across the Rockies, vacationing with friends and family in England and Hawaii were some highlights.
Gwen was very devoted to her parents, visiting them daily until their death, after which she moved to White Rock where she became a member of Crescent United Church, played in a bridge club, and helped to babysit her grand – niece and nephews. Even in declining health Gwen delighted in keeping track of all the family’s activities and always wanted to do special things for the people she loved. She could also be relied upon to regularly spoil the family pets. Gwen was predeceased by her brother Grant Ellis and sister-in-law Verna, her ex-husband Ed Oswald, and brother-in-law Gordon White. She is survived by sister Pat White (Paddy) and several nieces and nephews with whom she was very close and much loved and will be greatly missed by all.
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