Mavis Winnie Allison
August 15, 1942 – April 20, 2015
Mrs. Mavis Allison of High River, Alberta passed away quietly surrounded by her family at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary on April 20, 2015 at the age of 72 years. She was affectionately known to all her friends and family as Mame. Born in Rimbey, AB on August 15, 1942, to Clifford and Winnie Carlson, Mame was the eldest of five children. She attended the Rose and Crestomere schools. On May 3, 1960 she married Don Allison. Together they raised four children, Rodney of South Korea, Donna (Dave Boll) of Rimbey, Dale of Blackie, and Jacqui (Alden) Stright of Nanton. The family lived in various places, and in each stop Mame would quickly settle into working with special needs children, or giving a special brand of tender care to seniors. Mame was a people person, and a believer in volunteering and giving back. She especially enjoyed working with children. It would be quite normal for her to find children who needed extra care. She would pick them up, prepare them school lunches and made sure they got to school. Mame will be remembered as a gentle soul, who always cheered for the little guy. She loved animals, especially Canada Geese, antiques and listening to old time country music.
She and her husband Don enjoyed travelling, and visited both Australia and Korea. They also made many road trips to sightsee and stay acquainted with friends and relatives.
Besides her husband Don and four children, she leaves loving memories for her two granddaughters, Amanda Boll of Rimbey and Traci (Brad) of Nanton; as well as four great-grandchildren Jeremiah, Jessica, Dominick and Dean. She was very excited about meeting her fifth great grandchild, a little girl this July. She also leaves fond memories for brother Ron (Colleen), sister Ann (Larry) and brother David (Connie), Uncle Ralph Huston and Aunt Clara Hopps. She will be remembered always by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, her in-laws, special friends Carol and Donna as well as a host of others. She now joins her parents, Winnie and Clifford Carlson, sister Carol Pragnell and special friend Marg Markham.
The family wishes to thank the High River Hospital and Unit 57 at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for their excellent and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre – Unit 57 (1331 29th Street, NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N2).
A Celebration of Mavis’s Life was held on Monday, April 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the High River United Church (123 Macleod Trail). To send condolences and view Mavis’s Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.com
Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (403.652.4242).