Betty McINTOSH (nee Ross)

Obituary of Betty Mae McINTOSH (nee Ross)

May 9, 1931 – Edmonton, Alberta
July 28, 2021 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mom, Betty McIntosh of Calgary, AB, and formally of Black Diamond, AB, on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at the age of 90 years.

Betty was born in Edmonton, AB, on May 9, 1931. Betty married Ken McIntosh in 1951. Betty’s first job was at Mutual Life of Canada in Edmonton, AB, she then took time to be a stay-at-home mom to her four children. Later in life Betty upgraded her education and started working for the City of Calgary in the Parks and Recreation Department, until her retirement in May of 1991. Once Betty retired they moved and spend their time volunteering in Black Diamond with Meals on Wheels, Citizens on Patrol, and was actively involved with the United Church in the Valley.  Betty accomplished much through her life, and was particularly proud of her children and grandchildren, walking the picket line with Local 38, attending jury duty, Billeting people for hockey, and hosting visitors for the 88’ Olympics. Betty loved playing the piano, walking, shopping, travelling, fashion, reading and especially Halloween and decorating. Some of Betty and Ken’s unforgettable vacations included; The Great Wall of China, The Berlin Wall, White Cliffs of Dover, Touring Europe, Cape Canaveral, Vimy Ridge Memorial, Hawaii, and of course Disneyland. In her later years she treasured her life memories and often said she had lived a good life. Betty will be most remembered for being a classy lady with a lovely smile.

Betty carried on her person and tried to live by this verse:

"God, give me clean hands, clean words and clean thoughts.
Help me to stand for the hard, right against the easy wrong.
Teach me to work as hard and play as fair in your sight, alone as if the whole world saw.
Forgive me when I am unkind, and help me to forgive those who are unkind to me. Send me chances to do a little good every day and so grow more like Jesus. Amen."

Betty is survived by her daughter Diana Nickel, two sons and two daughters-in-law, David and Deborah McIntosh,  Doug and Michele McIntosh; six grandchildren, Jeff, Tyler, Dayne, Delina, Bryanne, and Ryleigh; and nine great-grandchildren, Tristen, Griffyn, Phoenix, Lucious, Charlie, Nyah, Dillan, Hayes, and Dexter. Betty is also survived by her sister Myrna Likar.

Betty was predeceased by her loving husband Ken McIntosh of 67 years; son Murray McIntosh, son-in-law Darryl Nickel, and two brothers, Denis Ross, and Dale Ross.

A Private Graveside Service and Celebration of Life will be held at Rockyview Garden of Peace Cemetery at a later date. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Betty’s obituary at

In living memory of Betty McIntosh, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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