February 28, 1936 – July 13, 2021
Inger Marguerite Grieve (nee Nielsen) passed away peacefully in Calgary on Tuesday July 13 at the age of 85 after a brief illness. She was in the company of her devoted daughters Laurie and Robyn. Inger was born in Calgary AB on Feb. 28, 1936 to Laurits and Ellen Nielsen who had immigrated to Canada several years earlier, from Denmark.
In September 1956 at the age of 20 Inger met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Grieve, through a good friend while he was visiting from Fruitvale BC. Bob moved to the Island to be with Inger, several months later they were engaged and on June 1, 1957 they married, eventually settling back in Fruitvale BC.
Inger loved gardening, she always maintained a large vegetable garden, raspberry canes, and had a multitude of beautiful rose bushes of various colors, lining the yard. She baked like there was no tomorrow, breads and buns, she canned fruits, made homemade jellies and jams. Inger was also a very talented seamstress.
In November 2000, Inger lost her husband Bob. She was 65 and decided to get her driver’s license in order to keep her independence. Her grandson Mike Grieve moved in with her to finish his high school years and she then taught Mike how to drive.
In 2007 Inger moved to Alberta to be closer to all of her children. She settled in Airdrie and started a new life at the age of 71. While in Airdrie, Inger became involved with a (Lutheran) Mission church which she attended until March 2020. Inger was known for the Baby quilts she would make for new babies at her church as well as for family and friends in Fruitvale and she carried on that tradition in Airdrie as well as making baptismal clothes.
Inger was also active with the Airdrie “Over 50 Club” and there she began to play Shuffleboard. After 2 years she competed and made her way to the Alberta Senior Games with her teammate. They won Bronze!
Inger was also a volunteer in Airdrie at Bethany Senior Homes as well as at Ralph McCall Elementary school, helping the Grade 1 and 2 students with their reading. She really enjoyed that.
In 2017 Inger moved into a wonderful Senior Supportive Living facility in Calgary and spent her remaining years there. She met a wonderful new friend Edna. Inger and Edna were a great support for each other and brought so much to each other’s life.
Inger is survived by her children Mark, Laurie, Robyn (husband Ric Pearson), her grandchildren Mike (Marina), Kaetie (Jake), Colton (Catherine and great grandchild Levi), Jesse, Kierian and Ethan. Many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Bob, sons Randy and Dave. Rest in Peace Mom, we love and miss you terribly.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday July 24, 2021 at 11 am at Evan J. Strong Funeral Services in Calgary, AB. Interment and reception to follow at a later date, in Fruitvale, BC. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Inger’s family through www.evanjstrong.com
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