With great sadness we announce the passing of Theresa Oliver on March 7, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 58 years. I’m sure, like all of you know, having Theresa in your life made your life better. She had so many outstanding amazing qualities. Theresa was a loving sister, devoted wife, dedicated mother, and an adoring grandmother. She was unyielding in her morals, beliefs and anything she put her mind to but she had no problem “letting loose” and having some fun. Theresa was also a kind person who always welcomed family, friends and strangers alike with a big smile. She was passionate, loyal, smart, independent, and selfless – someone who would always go above and beyond to help someone and would always accept people for who they were. Her passions were family and nature. She loved being outdoors; camping, gardening, being an arborist or just building things; like a fence out of sticks or a table out of a tree stump. Theresa was strict at times but would also allow her daughter to eat cake for breakfast. She didn’t sugar coat much of anything. With these colourful personality traits we were blessed to learn many valuable lessons. Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Sometimes we all must face the choice between what is right and what is easy. People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel. She always reminded her children to practice patience and kindness. Theresa had a courageous struggle with her health over the past few years, but she never lost her drive for life. Most of all she loved, adored and was dedicated to her grandkids. She had been the main caregiver to her grandkids up until last summer, which has only enriched Kadence and Hailey’s lives and for which her family is forever thankful. Up to the final week of her life she was very eager to get home and start helping with the kids again. Her moral insight and strength of character will live on for a very long time in her family. Theresa is survived by her husband, Darcy Oliver; her brother, Richard McGill, her sisters April Pariseau, Kim McGill, and September Williams; her children, Kyle Oliver and Shae Oliver and her grandchildren, Kadence Oliver and Hailey Oliver. Theresa had always said that she never wanted a funeral but wanted to have a party where people could gather, have a good time and celebrate. This short eulogy only highlights some of her amazing qualities. She was an extraordinary woman with a contagious personality who inspired all that met her. As the story goes, the good die young and she will be greatly missed and remembered always. We have lost someone we love, we must learn not to live without her, but to live with the love she left behind. Now let's celebrate. This is not a funeral but a Celebration of your life. So, Cheers Hama, we love you. We would like to ask everyone to raise their glasses and make a toast to Mother Theresa.
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