Alice Wanda Nephin (née Land) of Calgary, Alberta passed away on September 28, 2020 at the Foothills Hospital surrounded by her family at the age of 79 years.
Alice was born in Sudbury, Ontario to Elliott and Laura Land, the second oldest of nine children. When Alice was four years of age, her parents loaded up a truck and made their way back to Alberta, where she was raised on a family farm south of the Halkirk area.
Alice’s employment began in the Castor hospital, and continued into the beautiful mountains of Alberta where she took work at the Lake Louise Post Hotel and Num-Ti-Jah-Lodge. She moved to Calgary and began to work at Revelstoke Lumber, finally settling at AGT telephone services, which later became Telus, as the Manager of Operator Services. She retired from Telus and became an entrepreneur.
Alice met John while she was working in Calgary and they were united in marriage on April 25, 1964. Alice and John were blessed with three beautiful children. Alice loved and took great pride in her family, they were her greatest joy. Her grandchildren were the light of her life.
Alice loved life. She loved to travel and see the world, and she was particularly fond of cruises. She enjoyed all the special times with her family and friends. Alice will be remembered for her beautiful smile and her enormous generosity, always putting others before herself. She had a heart of gold, and she was her family’s earth Angel.
Alice will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her beloved husband of 56 years, John (Jack); her son Barry (Colleen); her daughter Brenda Holden (Kevin); and her precious grandchildren: Joshua Natland, Rene Nephin, Julia Holden, Evan Nephin, Garrett Holden and Jessi Nephin. She will also be missed and lovingly remembered by her siblings Ken Land, Elliott (Sharon) Land, Fred (Sandra) Land, Daruis (Nancy) Land, Roger (Shelley) Land and Laurie (Rob) Bullick, her brother-in-law Richard Regnier, as well as many dear family members, nieces and nephews and many friends.
Alice was predeceased by her parents Elliot and Laura Land, her brother Gary Land, her sister Naomi Regnier, and her precious daughter Nancy Fairs Natland.
If family and friends so desire, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the charity of one’s choice.
A celebration of Alice’s life to be announced at a future date.
THE HAPPINESS OF LIFE, THAT’S WHAT YOU ARE.
Condolences from family and friends
Posted by Callan Kostick | 09-Oct-2020
Alice and Jack were the best neighbours we've ever had. Our friendship started with me leaving a bag of muffins on their side of the fence, which confused both of them until they went out to see what it was! They absolutely loved our dog, giving him his favourite treat every time he was nearby. He used to run to their back door and wait for one of them to let him in and share some cashews. She would greet him with, 'hello friend'. I can hear her voice in my head greeting him; she was always so happy to see us and help out with Cabbage.
She invited us to family dinners and we had many impromptu over-the-fence chats, as well as solving the problems of the world in their sunny kitchen window. Alice always made me feel welcome and loved. She would get me talking about my life and shared parts of hers back. I consider her a treasured friend. I love that she would tease Bryce about the way he did things, it always made us both feel part of the family.
I know I will not have the pleasure of meeting another neighbour as special as Alice. I count myself so grateful for the 5 years we shared with both Alice and Jack.
Alice was a very special and caring person,I feel honoured to have known her. Being sisters-in-law we had many special talks together and I will miss her.
Barry & Brenda your Mom loved and was very proud of you kids, and her grandkids too she talked of you all the time. I’m grateful for how special she treated mine and Adrian’s children and all the memories we’ve made.