Margaret "Julie" Keyser (Nee Kennedy, formerly Whitford, Northcott)

20/05/1951 - 15/01/2021

Obituary For Margaret "Julie" Keyser (Nee Kennedy, formerly Whitford, Northcott)

May 20, 1951 – London, Ontario
January 15, 2021 – Calgary, Alberta

Surrounded by family, Julie Keyser, beloved wife of Marvin Keyser, of Calgary, AB, passed away on Friday January 15, 2021 at the age of 69.

Julie was the second born, of six, in London, Ontario, Canada on May 20, 1951. The family loaded up and headed west in 1958, settling in Montgomery, Calgary, Alberta.

Julie found success working as a waitress at the Bowness Hotel, as a guidance secretary at Bowness High School, and as a secretary in Psychiatry at the Foothills Hospital. She also had a career as a Realtor, but fully realized her greatest role as a loving mother and grandmother. Though it would be remiss to not fully acknowledge her crowning achievement as the 1989 Foothills Hospital Stampede Queen for her rendition of Patsy Cline’s hit song, ‘Crazy’. Julie loved singing and was quite accomplished finding herself as a member of Region 26 Sweet Adelines, in Calgary. Her love of the arts shone brightly, with her greatest passion revolving around music. It was a language Julie “spoke” fluently and appreciated with her whole heart.

Julie loved to shop at secondhand stores and was a very compassionate person. Anytime she knew someone was in need, she did her best to provide what they needed, whether it be dishes, clothing, food or even rides to appointments. Anyone who knew Julie, knew her love/hate relationship with Marketplace. If there was a pickup in your neighborhood and she could not make it there fast enough you would get a call, “Can you, please pick something up for me from Marketplace?” When she was in the hospital, she even ordered a fruitcake she was hoping to enjoy at some point.

Julie travelled the world and touched the lives and hearts of everyone she met on her adventures, picking up new ‘family members’ along the way, though she always loved finding her way back home to her closest friends and loving family.

Julie is survived by her loving Husband Marvin Keyser, daughters, Jacqui Basha (Tom), Melanie Rogers; and her son Adam Northcott, stepson Darrin Keyser (Jackie), her three sisters Barbara Kennedy, Christine Davies (Alan), Sheila Kennedy; and brother Robert Kennedy (Susan). Julie is also survived by and will always be fondly remembered by her eleven grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. Julie was predeceased by her father Thomas Kennedy, her mother June Block and most recently her brother Gordon Kennedy.

A Memorial Service will be held for 20 attendees, on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. All others are invited to join Mrs. Keyser’s service streamed live (link below) on the day of the service. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed here.

If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers or gifts, Julie has asked that memorial tributes be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, 800, 7015 Macleod Trail S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2K6, Telephone: (403)290-0110,

In living memory of Julie Keyser, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

What type of service should I have?

If no pre-arrangements have been made, the type of service is entirely up to you.  Services are usually held at a funeral home, community hall, or a place of worship. There is a wealth of different services, ranging from a traditional religious or military service to something a little more non-traditional. Our funeral directors are more than happy to work with you to figure out what would be the most appropriate.

Who are Funeral Directors and what do they do?

Funeral directors are in charge of all the logistics following a death. They complete all the necessary paperwork, make arrangements for the transportation of the body, and put into action the choices made by the family in regards to the funeral service and the final resting place of the body. Beyond the logistics, funeral directors are there to provide moral support and guidance for someone coping with death.

What if a death occurs away from my home town?

We are here to help, we can arrange to have your loved one transported home from anywhere in the world. We will assume responsibility and make the proper arrangements to have them returned to the community. We use the same organization that brings our military home when needed.

What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body; it also slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by traumatic death or illness. Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows the family the option of having an open-casket viewing.

What do I do if I am not satisfied with the way a funeral was handled?

Funeral homes and funeral professionals in Alberta are licensed by the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board. If you are unhappy with the way a funeral was handled or the actions of a funeral home in Alberta, you may speak with or proceed with a complaint process to seek resolution of the matter. More information is found at  or by phone at (780) 452-6130 

How much does a funeral cost?

The cost of the funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$7,000, however, it varies greatly depending on the kind of service you desire. In general, cremation tends to cost less than burial. The costs include professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of a facility for the ceremony, and the purchase of a casket or urn.

Can I personalize a funeral?

Of course you can, in fact, more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honour your wishes.

Do we need to have an obituary notice and what is included in one?

It is highly recommended to have an obituary notice that’s either placed in a local newspaper or placed online. An obituary lets the public know that a death has occurred, and gives them information about the service. Obituaries generally include the deceased’s full name, age, city, and date of birth and the city they were living in when they died. It also includes the name of the deceased’s spouse, along with the names of anyone else significant in their lives, such as parents, children or grandchildren. Space may be limited in a newspaper obituary, but you may include a little blurb on the life and legacy of the deceased. An online obituary or memorial website offers you the chance to add a lot more about the deceased.

What happens if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?

We are here to help, funeral directors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

Do I need to have an embalming

No, embalming is often an unnecessary expense, even if a viewing is desired. There are times when we would recommend embalming, especially if there is an extended gap between death and burial or cremation.

Why are funerals so expensive?

Funerals are labor intensive and require a lot of work from a lot of people. The cost of a funeral goes beyond merchandise such as caskets, it includes the services of a funeral director in making the necessary arrangements, filling out forms, and dealing with all the other people involved in the death (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies). Funeral directors work an average of 40 hours per funeral. The cost of operating a funeral home is factored into the cost as well. Funeral homes are a 24 hour operation, with extensive facilities that need to be maintained and secured.

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