Edith Elaine (Armstrong) Chiles, 81, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at home in Red Deer surrounded by her family on December 1, 2010, after fighting a long battle with cancer. Born on November 8, 1929, in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Elaine was the oldest of three girls. As a child she enjoyed gymnastics and figure skating. She learned her life-long traits of compassion and hard work as she cared for her polio-stricken mother throughout both her childhood and adult life. After high school she earned her RN degree at the Calgary General Hospital and nursed for 25 years with love and compassion for all. On July 19, 1952, she married Gordon Chiles in Calgary; also residing in Stettler and then Red Deer through their 58 years of marriage. Together they raised five children, and throughout the past years have been blessed to enjoy the commotion of 21 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. As an active member of the LDS church, she loved the gospel with all her heart and devoted her life to serving God, her family, and friends. She enjoyed singing and had a wonderful alto voice that she shared in many choirs. She was a beautiful seamstress and loved to quilt and paint. Full of energy and determination, Elaine never walked, but ran as she faced life’s joys and challenges helping manage the family businesses, serving a full-time mission, caring for her children and grandchildren, and constantly reaching out and helping others. Funeral Services for the late Elaine Chiles will be held Saturday, December 11th, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the LDS Chapel (located at 8 Keast Way, Red Deer, AB) with interment to follow at the Alto-Reste Cemetery. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so prior to the service, between the hours of 9:00-9:45 a.m. Online messages and tributes to the family may be sent to: forElaineChiles@shaw.ca. Gordon and their children wish to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Nav Rattan and the many friends and family who provided care and compassion for Elaine during her illness.
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