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Gillian O'Blenes-Kaufman

O’BLENES-KAUFMAN, GILLIAN MELISSA - Surrounded by her family and friends, Gillian Melissa O'Blenes-Kaufman fell asleep into the arms of Jesus on Monday, December 8, 2014 at the age of 18. Gillian has gone ahead of her devoted husband, Michael; siblings, Colleen, Kimberly and Daniel, who loved her beyond measure; her parents, Matthew and Wendy; her mother-in-law, Anne and brother-in-law, Lucas all of Calgary. She is also survived by her grandparents, Bob and Barbara Gebert of Calgary and Shirley O'Blenes of Salisbury, NB, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and her special fuzzy companion, Bailey. Gillian had an enthusiasm for living that showed in every aspect of her life. She excelled academically, in dance, artistically but above all, she excelled at making friends. That enthusiasm continued after her diagnosis of cancer resulting in living a life that has inspired many. She designed a helmet for an Olympic skier, travelled to Greece, worked at Pandora, graduated high school with honours, got married, honeymooned in Disneyland, went on a mission trip to Mexico and had just completed her first semester at ACAD with all A's. She did all of this with a smile on her beautiful face, a fierce determination, quiet dignity, grace and strength that only God could provide. Words cannot express our gratitude and thanks to the many health care providers that she has encountered over the last 19 months. Special thanks to some extra special people: Dr. Guilcher, Dr. Brindle, Dr. Tobler, and nurses, Vanessa and Leslie.
The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at Rock Pointe Church, 255024 Lochend Road, Calgary. Feel free to dress as colourfully as Gillian lived her life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Alberta Children's Hospital or the Rotary Flames House in care of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, www.childrenshospital.ab.ca Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.fostersgardenchapel.ca.
Telephone: 403-297-0888
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