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Inez Whitfield
February 25, 1928 - January 4, 2017
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<div itemprop="description">Whitfield, Inez<br>(née Martin; a.k.a. Granny Gaga)<br>February 25, 1928 - January 4, 2017<br><br>Suddenly, but not unexpectedly, after walking a long and winding road of frustrating health and pernicious pain, my momma decided to end this leg of her journey. And what a journey it was! From the sky-scrapered sidewalks of New York City to the coal-shaled shores of Cape Breton Island, she spent summers frolicking in the Margaree Valley and winter nights at her window, watching battle and supply convoys head to war. Marriage brought her west in 1956. She and Dad settled in Edmonton and Mom fell in love with the wide-open skies above her and the wide-open hearts of the people around her.<br><br>Her teaching career began as a lark when she was 17 and ended as the grand passion of her life 48 years later. Thousands of students learned to write haiku, parse sentences, and laugh at life under her tutelage.<br><br>Mom's spirit was adventurous, curious, and infectious. She was always eager to go anywhere and could turn the simplest grocery run into an epic adventure. Her stories rivalled Viking sagas in scope and were Oscar-worthy in delivery.<br><br>She is survived by her treasured daughter, Kendra (Tim Woudstra) and "found family" and dear friends too numerous to list.<br><br>Profound gratitude to the people who looked out for her when she was unable to look out for herself: niece Ann, friend Hazel, her "Miazgals", and the Horsie Gang.<br><br>In lieu of flowers, donations in Inez's memory may be made to: The Mustard Seed, The Salvation Army or the World Wildlife Fund.</div>