Willena MACSWEEN

MACSWEEN Willena (“Billie”) Campbell March 25, 1918 – May 12, 2007 Billie MacSween passed away in her sleep the late evening before Mother’s Day, relieved of the earthly trials of pain and failing health. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Thursday, May 17th at 1:30pm in Knox Presbyterian Church, Red Deer. Funeral arrangements are through Parkland Funeral Home. Billie was born to Robert and Mary McClinton in North Battleford, younger sister to Mary McGinnis. Raised in North Battleford, she attended the U of Toronto where she obtained her BA in Education before teaching in Burlington, Ontario. In September 1945 she married Reverend Ian P. MacSween and joined him in the manse of Memorial Presbyterian Church, Sylvan Lake. For several happy years they served the residents of Sylvan Lake and district, making many close and enduring friendships. They both worked tirelessly towards the opening and expansion of Camp Kannawin, Sylvan Lake. In 1950 Ian and Billie moved to Edmonton to minister to the congregation of Strathcona Presbyterian Church, serving there longer than 35 years, again making many beloved and lifelong friends. After raising Jim and Anne, Billie enjoyed a career as a popular high school substitute teacher, continuing until her retirement. In 1990 a post-retirement move was made to Red Deer to be near Sproat and MacSween grandchildren. Billie and Ian played and active role in Knox Presbyterian Church. Billie lived at home in Red Deer with the help and support of her wonderful neighbors Doug and Karin Munn, as well as friends Orla & Dolly. In September 2006 health issues led Billie to move to Club Sierra where she was well cared for among friends. Her last few weeks were spent in the care of the compassionate staff of Harmony House. Billie was predeceased by Ian, her devoted husband of 59 years in 2004. She will be lovingly remembered by her only sister Mary McGinnis of Carleton Place, Ontario; son Jim (Trish) MacSween and daughter Anne (Jack) Sproat of Red Deer; four Grandchildren: Dustin (Leah), Jackie, Shannon and Scott. Special thanks to Dr.’s Cowie, Radomsky and Simmonds, and to the staff members of Red Deer Regional Hospital Center, Club Sierra, and Harmony House. To honour and further the youth camping legacy of Billie & Ian, donations in lieu of flowers would be greatfully accepted by Camp Kannawin, P.O. Box 9240, Sylvan Lake, AB, T4S 1S8.


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