Deborah Lynn ‘Deb’ Gardiner

February 17, 1953 – April 11, 2021
Deb’s angels called for her on April 11, 2021. Deborah Lynn Gardiner (our “Deb” or “Grandma Debbie”) bravely left her family and many friends after a lengthy illness which she took on in the same way she carried out her life; with incredible positivity, care for others, kindness and courage. Deb passed away at home with her husband, Jim and son, John sharing with her the final joy of her special life on earth.
Deb was born in Trail, B.C. on Feb. 17, 1953. She honed her considerable people skills during her HR career which was spent mainly in B.C.’s mining industry. Later, Deb moved to Calgary where she and Jim raised John and enjoyed many special times with an ever-growing list of family and friends which spans western Canada and Palm Desert where she and Jim spent some special winters together.
Deb’s love and legacy will continue through those she leaves behind. Her husband Jim, son John, daughter-in-law Meghan and precious new grand-daughter, Ellie. Also left to love and remember her are her treasured sisters, brother, step-children and grandchildren – all of whom she loved as her own. Deb will also be deeply missed by the extended family and special friends with whom she made such deep and lasting connections.
Deb’s life and impact are best summarized by some of the final messages of love and support she received from her family and friends:

From her Grandchildren:
“Grandma, I love how you make me feel at home every day even when you’re not here!”
“In my eyes Grandma, you are so beautiful, so kind and so brave. I hope to be just like you when I grow up.”

From her friends:
“She is easily the most warm person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She is a true treasure.”
“The kindness, the genuine spirit, the all-encompassing love that Deb gives so naturally”
“I have never met someone who is so positive, caring, kind and so very generous”

She was so incredibly strong and brave right through the end. The pain we all feel now is no doubt because of the positive impact she had on everyone she touched over the years.
A special thank-you goes out to Deb’s doctor, Dr. Susan Lea-Makenny. A true angel in disguise who helped Deb during her difficult and lengthy illness. Dr. Susan is a hero in ways words cannot describe. Heartfelt gratitude goes out to so many special doctors, nurses and staff in our hospital and care systems who cared for Deb with such love and generosity over the past 6 years.
In lieu of flowers and service, if you are inclined, please consider donating to Deb’s favourite charity, the Calgary Mustard Seed
The angels have called one of their own. Enjoy it there, Deb.
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