Betty May Douville

04-May-1928 - 13-May-2020

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Forever In Our Hearts


DOUVILLE (nee Poulson), Betty May
May 4, 1928 – May 13, 2020

Betty is survived by her husband Antoine (Tony), daughter Michelle Leoppky and Richard Jozwiak, and daughter Antoinnette Douville-Mackie and Russell Mackie and grandchildren; Sienna and Tia Mackie.
Betty was predeceased by parents, Florence and William Poulson, siblings Ken, Dorothy, Lois, and Don. Her first husband Michael Leoppky also predeceased her. There were also many, special sister and brother in-laws from all the families.

Betty was born on a farm in Dalemead, Alberta on May 4, 1928. Although she was a farm girl she really preferred the city. She was a pretty girl and it was said that all the girls in the county wished they could be Betty May Poulson. In the early years she lived in Pincher Creek and Banff. When in Banff, she was filmed serving a meal to Bing Crosby for a movie being shot in Banff.

Betty worked hard for the City of Calgary for 32 years at the detention home for disadvantaged children. For many years she mentored, coached, comforted and helped these children find their potential. She even fostered 2 children during that time. They became part of the family. The last few years she worked providing information to those inquiring, she loved researching. This was something that was prevalent at home as well, ask a question and she disappeared only to return with the answer.

Betty was always a smart dresser. If you had to guess the age of the person by looking at the clothing in her closet, you would surmise that it was a much younger women’s wardrobe. Many also desired her beautiful white silk hair.

Over the years Betty and Tony would have many guests for dinner. Although she was not a professional chef the flavours she created and the presentation of the food was absolutely professional in every sense of the word. Regardless whether it was a snack, hors d'oeuvres, or the multi course main meal. Many guests soon began remembering their favourite meals and secretly wished they would be invited back so they could have that delight again. Betty grew some of the most beautiful roses in their yard. They were as beautiful as she was.

Betty loved some adventurous activities too. Paragliding in Mexico, water skiing, completing a bobsled run at COP, hot air balloon rides and even the occasional table dancing at weddings and family reunions.
Betty had so very many Special Friends, Relatives and Children who she dearly loved. Without naming each and every one, you all know of the Love and Light You and Betty, brought to each other’s lives. Even animals were attracted to Betty’s kind heart, and she loved many throughout the years. She cherished the friendship and kindness of those in her life. Betty will be missed dearly.
                                   " Moma, how we love you"

A Celebration of Betty’s life will be held at a later date.

Condolences from family and friends

Posted by Julie Wilson | 21-May-2020


Uncle Tony, Michelle, Antoinette and family, you are in our thoughts. Auntie Bette was such a kind and elegant lady known to our family for so long, first through Uncle Cy, then Aunt Dane and Uncle Jim, and finally that lasting, wonderful friendship with Auntie Lurraine. Our families have shared so many years, laughs, and good times together. Know that she is dearly missed and cherished. Our love to you all. - Julie, Todd, Livi, Maeve XO

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Posted by Jill Clark | 18-May-2020


So sorry to hear of your mother's passing Antoinette. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Your mother was a very lovely lady and had a wonderful life. I always enjoyed talking to her at the Mackie Christmas gatherings I'm sure she will be watching over you and yours. All our love, jill and Bob

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