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Linda Alice Ann Tames

31/10/1953 - 07/04/2021

Obituary For Linda Alice Ann Tames

Today an angel went to heaven. After courageously fighting colon cancer since 2014, Linda passed away at Points West Hospice within 24 hours of moving in. Until then she was at home. She never complained about her illness and always represented a pillar of strength to family and friends. She truly was an angel to everyone who knew her. I know, not only because I lived with her for 50 years, but from the many, many condolences and accolades received over the past days.

Linda (nee Kwiatkowski) was born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba where she went to school until she got married at that tender age of just under 18 (July 1971) to a guy called Milt who had been transferred to Portage La Prairie. She thought he owned the bank but in fact he was just an employee. The banking industry regularly transferred employees around the country at that time for progression and career opportunities. So upon marriage off we go to a place called Punnichy, Saskatchewan. Our first home as a married couple. Over the next number of years we moved nine times across four provinces, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Alberta on average about every two years. Our final destination was Grande Prairie in 1990.

She passionately loved children and raised her two boys, Jason and Corey and a girl Amber, all arriving from 1977 to 1983. Her primary joy in life was caring for these children as a stay at home mom. In our family’s opinion she was the most caring and fostering mother anyone could have had. During those years she often provided in home childcare to other families as well.

For approximately 15 years she worked for a business called Paquin’s Studios in Grande Prairie for a wonderful couple Lyn and Coral Watson who became lifelong friends whom she loved so much.

Travelling around the world was a passion for Linda and notwithstanding the cancer issues we made it to countries like USA, almost all of Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, New Zealand, etc. She had her special happy place in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico where a breakfast mimosa was always ordered for her and her friends. She absolutely loved it there.

Linda had another passion called decorating for the season. As her birthday was on October 31 Halloween decorations were unbelievable and had the attention of the entire neighbourhood and friends and family. Children would love to come and see what see had done inside and outside the house. She made up as the ugliest and scariest witch ever! Even I backed away a little. This was of course followed by a party of 30 or more friends. After all it was her birthday and she was special. Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving were all the same.

She loved family gatherings on the special occasions and cooking the big family turkey dinners for family and friends as well. It seemed she wasn’t happy unless she had at least 14 or more people attending and that you couldn’t move in the kitchen.

Linda loved her flower beds and gardening. She excelled at making our yard the most beautiful in the neighbourhood with people often stopping to compliment her on the design and beauty. It was always absolutely gorgeous. Endless hours and a couple of beer a day kept it that way.

Linda was the fifth eldest of 11 children born to Betty Sproat. That became 12 when she adopted one more to make it an even dozen. Predeceased is her mother Betty Sproat, her father Lawrence Sproat, sister Irma Pashe, brothers; Ron Kwiatkowski, Mike Kwaitkowski, and Billy Sproat. Surviving siblings are sisters; Joanne Mooney, Debra Gibson, Kelly Human, Karen Walsh, Kim Drake and brothers David Sproat, and Faron Sproat. There are many spouses and over a 100 nieces and nephews who all loved Linda very much.

She is survived by her loving husband Milt of 50 years, sons Jason Tames and Corey Tames and daughter Amber Tames who were all the centre of her life. There are 5 grandchildren, all of huge importance to her, Travis Tames, Oliver and Eli Tames and Kai and Cyan Dugas. She cherished all of them so much. She stated to me more than once that her greatest fear is that because of dying so young and they are so young they would not remember her. They will all have a special place in their heart for her.

At this time because of COVID measures there will not be any type of service. Something may be determined at a later date. She will be cremated at Bear Creek Funeral Home, whom has provided exceptional service. Ultimately Linda’s and her husband’s joint ashes will be buried in a gravesite at Portage La Prairie cemetery where most of her family is buried.

Flowers are not necessary and any donations can be made to the Cancer Society.

Today an angel went to heaven. She will be with us forever.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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Dear Milt and Family, we are saddened to read of Linda's passing! We have many precious memories of her and of course you Milt and your family! It has been always so exciting to get your family Christmas card to see what sparkles may fall out! May you all cherish her with fond memories, I know we will. Thinking of you all, Barb, and Jim Metcalfe and Family
- Jim and Barb Metcalfe
Milt and family, as you know, I had the pleasure of working with Linda at Paquin's Sprucewood Studios for several years. Working with her was fun and socializing with her and afterwards was even better. Our family will always remember her fantastic Halloween decorations, to which all other decor was judged and determined to be "not as good as Linda's". A cold beer in a frosted glass will always remind me of her and I'll be sure to raise one in her honor. But oddly when I think of her, I can picture the polish on her toes, it was always red. Could be shiny, muted, deep red or fire engine, it was always red. It's something that will always remind me of her. I will proudly paint my toes "Linda Red" and remember how great a lady she was. ❤️
- Kelly Coombs
Milt, I am so sorry to hear this news. Heaven has gained an angel and I wish I could give you and your family a great big hug. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care! Jacki Tarr-Nagy
- Jacki Tarr Nagy
Milt, Jason, Corey, Amber, all those special grandchildren, and Linda's sisters, brothers and relatives; some of whom we've had the pleasure of meeting over the years, our sincerest condolences to you all. Linda (and yes you too Milt) fought the battle with cancer long, hard, never with complaint and always with dignity and a courage most of us can't even imagine. Linda's presence was felt by everyone who was blessed to know her and will be sadly missed by all. The incredible, out of this world Halloween decorations (bet you're still finding spiders!), Christmas village and all the trees, Linda truly had a talent and joy for those huge undertakings. We were so fortunate to have been able to share these, the wing nights, and especially the trips to Cabo, the happy place. Linda was such a trouper getting up in the middle of the night, and trudging through the snow in her capris and sandals (socks on of course), to catch a plane to Cabo right after finishing a chemo treatment! She planned those trips between chemo treatments, no matter how poorly she felt. We will always cherish the memories of the breakfast mimosas, and will especially miss the many "L & M" mystery adventure tours, where we'd head out, never exactly sure where we'd end up, but always with the prerequisite go-cup of pina-coladas! It's heartbreaking that covid stole the chance to go back one last time! Somehow I am comforted by the vision of Linda on a warm sunny beach, in a new "happy place" with a group of followers ready to head out on the days' adventure tour. I feel so blessed to have met Linda through work, and then to have had the opportunity for that to grow into a friendship with Milt and Linda, and of course Coral and Lyn. Milt, the obituary really captures Linda's personality, and I can't imagine how hard it must have been to write, her life and experiences could have easily filled an entire novel or more! Linda's passing will be felt long and hard by many, many people, but we hope you all find comfort in the numerous memories and in knowing so many people are with you sharing in the burden of your grief. Hugs to you all, Colleen and Jack Wearmouth
- Colleen and Jack Wearmouth
On Behalf of the Central Calgary market at BMO our condolences to you Milt and to your family. May your wonderful wife Linda rest in peace knowing she made a difference to those around her.
- Sue Nicholas
Milt and Family. Our deepest condolences for your loss. She was such a wonderful lady. From all of us in Falher.
- Carrie, Louise, Donna, Gilbert, Joanne
Our deepest condolences to Milt and his family on the loss of your wife. May she rest at peace and her legacy remain strong. On behalf of BMO and the North team, we share your sorrow. Alicia Abballe
- Alicia Abballe
Dear Milt and family, we were saddened to learn of your loss. Linda was a beautiful, warm and caring person and we have been blessed to call both of you friends. When it's once again safe to gather we look forward to joining you to raise a glass to the many wonderful memories we have of Linda. Greg and Karen Podmore
- Greg and Karen Podmore
Milt, Jason, Corey and Amber and families - We are all deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Linda. We have many lasting memories of you all when we were neighbours in Hanover Ontario back in the 80s and the good times we shared. May your precious memories of happy family times together bring you comfort and peace. They are indeed keepsakes of the heart meant to be shared often with love, joy and tears as well. You are all in our thoughts during this difficult time. Sincere condolences - Shirley and Lloyd Crawford, Trevor, Alana and Ryan and families
- Shirley and Lloyd Crawford
Dear Milt & family: We are so saddened by the news of Linda's passing. Milt - you always had a way with words, and your beautiful eulogy sums up exactly what a wonderful woman Linda was! Truly an angel in every way. I loved her sense of humour, we always had good times together @ BMO functions. Usually, she was the responsible one to be Designated Driver & deliver us safely home after an evening of perhaps, one too many "wobbly pops:!! Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Peggy & Ray Floreani
- Peggy Floreani
Milt, we offer our sincere sympathy with the loss of a friend. She was a great Lady. Also friends you met in Penang also offer the condolences. May all your memories of your travels with friends and family give you comfort.
- Sharon and Dan Spott
Dear Milt, Jason, Corey, Amber, Karen, Travis, Ollie, Eli, Kai, Cyan, all of Linda's sisters, brothers, in-laws, out-laws, nieces and nephews-Words are inadequate to describe the grief we share with all of you. Linda was a truly unique and humble individual in this world and we are so blessed to have had her in our lives. She was kind, gentle, funny and fun to be with, diplomatic, wise and had an absolute heart of gold. We have been together through times of joy and laughter and times where the support of a good true friend was needed. We've had times where we agreed the sense of adventure was worth it and if one was up for it, then the other was too. We've enjoyed games of cards, campfires until dawn and many nights out both at the local beer joints of wherever we are in the world and fancy dress events in our black dresses. We've travelled multiple times to Vegas and Thailand, Vietnam, Linda's happy place in Los Cabos, an Alaskan cruise, our Italian adventure and most recently travelled to Jamaica with Murphy and Alastair. Together we have lived! And it tears our hearts apart knowing there will be no more. We hope that everyone finds peace in the memories shared with this beautiful lady. Our lives will never be the same. Huge hugs and tons of love are being sent out to each and every one of you. Much love, Coral and Lyn
- Coral and Lyn Watson
Sending all my love to Uncle Milt and all our family. Aunty Linda's beautiful spirit will live on forever.
- Leslie Kwiatkowski
Linda was the warmest, friendliest and most fun person you could ever hope to meet. We were blessed to have been able to spend time with her at Coral and Lyn's home. Our condolences go to Milt , her children , siblings and many friends. Fred and Judy
- Judy Carter
My beautiful sister gone to soon. Heaven gained an angel, I gained a broken heart. I will miss you Sis. And your expertise on how much money to give Tom for his allowance. You are missed and forever loved.
- Debbie Gibson
Milt, Amber, Corey, Jason and family, we are deeply saddened to learn of your loss. Linda was a beautiful person, wonderful host and all round fun time person to be with on any social occasion. We will miss her wit and insight whenever we are analyzing a film we just watched. Our prayers are with you at this time. Steven & Heather Shavers
- Steven & Heather Shavers
Our condolences to you Milt and families.so sorry of your loss. Marlaine and Gary Hessler
- Gary and Marlaine Hessler
Our deepest condolences to Linda's family. We lived around the corner from Milt and Linda and fondly remember her beautiful yard.
- Roberta Widdifield
Dear Milt, Amber, Corey, Jason and family, We were very sad to hear of Linda's passing and want to extend our deepest sympathy to you all. Your words in the obituary Milt, have so beautifully captured Linda. Linda will be remembered with a smile always. Her wit, charm, sarcasm and self-deprecating sense of humour brightened the room, lifted the mood and left us smiling and laughing whenever we were together in BMO days and beyond. We will miss the chats about life and family. We will think of her on Halloween as no one rocked a witch costume with that carefully applied and such an exquisite shade of green make up like Linda! Yet another good gal gone much too soon. She will be dearly missed. Hold tight to all the wonderful memories of fun times together and may they help ease your grief. Love and hugs to all, Brenda and Dan Hart
- Brenda Hart
Milt so sorry for yours and your family's loss! She indeed was a strong women, as she put up with you over all those years! Hope to meet up sometime in the future once Covid is controlled! Take care of the family all the best Steve!
- Steven Roberts

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