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Nora Lynn Coveney
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With lots of love and peace, after a long journey with early-onset dementia, we announce the peaceful passing of Nora Coveney. Nora is survived by her husband Gordon; her daughters, Meghan, and Sarah; her siblings, Barbara (Ron), David (Debbie), and Allen; and her nieces and nephews, David, Kevin, Daniel, Dawson, and Gwen.
Nora was raised by Al and Betty Freeze in North Vancouver with three wonderful siblings, Barbara, David, and Allen. Growing up at the foot of Grouse Mountain was special and influenced Nora’s love of the outdoors, running, x-country and downhill skiing. Nora attended the University of British Columbia, earning a degree in dietetics and went on to pursue a dietetic internship at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. When her internship wrapped up, she found herself back in BC, where she continued to practice in Vancouver and the Okanagan.
In 1987, Nora entered a duathlon in Kelowna. Towards the end of the race, Nora zoomed past a struggling Gord, who was wearing corduroy shorts (!) and made a sly comment. She ended up parking beside him at the awards ceremony later that day and the rest is history. Love brought Nora to Calgary in 1989, and she and Gordon were married on September 1, 1990. Even though Calgary did not have an ocean, Nora fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and settled for the Glenmore Reservoir where she and Gord bought a home in Lakeview.
Nora and Gord welcomed two daughters into their family, Meghan in 1994 and Sarah in 1996. Whether it was trips to the park, Kelowna, or numerous activities, they were always on the go. Even though she was not a Calgary native, Nora was a social butterfly and found a great group of friends in her new city, who recently had newborns, known as the “baby group”. She also loved to be involved in her daughters’ activities and school and introduced them to everything from swimming, to ballet, to biking and gymnastics. As the girls chose their passions, Nora became a logistics expert and successfully managed their schedules, mealtimes and more. With her knowledge and passion for dietetics, Nora was known for making delicious and nutritious meals and had a real passion for baking – her recipes will live on through her family (except her boiled brussels sprouts).
After the onset and progression of dementia, Nora was admitted to Carewest Signal Pointe in 2014 where she received excellent and compassionate care until her passing. Nora made many special connections with the staff and even had a history of working with some prior to her diagnosis and admittance.
Nora’s family are grateful for the support and love Nora received over the past 9 years at Signal Pointe and from their family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada at www.alzheimercalgary.com, or a charity of your choice.
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