This memorial website was designed as a space to celebrate the life of Elma Frederickson, 87 years old, born on March 31, 1933, and passed away on January 30, 2021. We encourage you to share any stories you have of our beloved mother and grandmother under the "Stories" tab. Our hope is that you can find comfort in the anecdotes and photos that keep Elma's vibrant spirit alive. Thank you for visiting.

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Elma Frederickson

Elma Frederickson, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away in the early hours of January 30th, 2021 at Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary at the age of 87. Elma was born on March 31st, 1933 in Masjed Soleiman, Khuzestan Province, Persia to Mary and Arsen Galoostiantz. In her late teens, Elma moved to London, England where she attended the Club of the Three Wise Monkeys; a finishing school among the finest of its kind at the time. Eventually, Elma followed her sister, Clariss Mackenzie, to Canada where she would go on to marry. The marriage produced her four wonderful children: Deborah, David, Dena, and Daryl.

For years, Elma owned and operated her own health food store and floral arrangement company where she was often accompanied by her two daughters, Dena and Deborah. Elma loved all children and was a devoted grandmother spoiling her cherished grandchildren at every opportunity. Those who were fortunate enough to know her will remember her fortitude, resilience, and commitment to Jehovah God as one of His witnesses. Elma’s bold personality, unwavering convictions, and love for her family made her unforgettable. Elma was predeceased by her sisters Clariss Mackenzie and Hilda Scholz, with the latter passing seven years prior to the day; curious as Elma was seven years older than her. Elma is survived by her four children, Deborah (Ken), David (Manuela), Dena, and Daryl; grandchildren Michael (Shayla), Christine (Neal), Jada (David), Tavia, Michael, Lucas, and Dominique; great-grandchildren Alyssa, Alix, Keenan, Austin, Alexis, Aiden; brother-in-law Helmut (Tanis); nephews Jason (Jade), and Larry (Jodi); and niece Linda (Rod).

Friends and family will await Elma with open arms in Jehovah God’s promised new world where she will be restored to full health. Elma’s loved ones will keep Revelation 21:3-4 close to their hearts as they anticipate an emotional reunion with Elma in the New System. The family extends thanks to the wonderful staff at AgeCare Glenmore for their warmth and dedication in providing Elma with top-tier care in the final stages of her life. An online service will be held in Elma’s memory on February 13th, 2021 at 1PM. Please contact any of Elma’s children or grandchildren for the Zoom service details.
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Summer Vacations

Shared by Linda Martin on February 14, 2021
The MacKenzie family would go to Tsawwassen BC to visit Elma and family for many, many summers in the 1960s. They would show us a great time, and at one point they took us across the border to the Gulf Islands and we spent the whole day on the beach having fun. After midnight came we spontaneously decided to go out on a small boat and see what we could catch. What could possibly go wrong?

We pulled the nets up and had managed to catch some crab. At one point one of the crab boxes opened in the boat and they were running loose on the floor and we scrambled to not get pinched! Most of us were barefoot. We were screaming and yelling on the boat while Elma, Ken and Clariss were on the shore tending to the bonfire, probably wondering what was going on on the boat. It was hilarious looking back.

It was a beautiful day, no rain, no clouds, and we spent all of it outside with family. 

Elma was a great hostess and tour guide. She would take us places in Vancouver that we would have never seen on our own. I don't know where she got all her energy from, but I'm extremely happy for all the memories she created with us.

Best wishes from the Martin family.

I love you, Grandma.

Shared by Jada Kline on February 12, 2021
No words in the English language will sufficiently describe the void I will try to fill for the rest of my life. 

My grandmother was unique, one of a kind. I had the best childhood imaginable because of her. My grandma may not be here physically, but her unmistakable lust for life will perpetually course through the veins of those who loved her.

Grandma, thank you for teaching me to own my standards and never waver, to be strong in my convictions, and to not just exist, but truly live. I will always defend what I believe is virtuous just as you did. 

I was never going to be ready to lose you, Grandma. A piece of me died the day you left this earth. I will always love you and I will spend every day for the rest of my life thankful for the time we had together. I love you, Gram.