Nora C. Tuckey

August 6, 1945 - October 22, 2011.  Calgary, Alberta

With great sadness the family of Nora C. Tuckey say farewell to their beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, niece and sister.  Nora passed away peacefully at home after a 22 month battle with ALS.  She was predeceased by her parents, Chuck Emery and Mary McCallum.  Nora (Boots) will be dearly missed by her husband Sid, daughters Cory and Shelley (Ron), step children Kim (Richard) and Garry, granddaughters Sarah, Breanne and Sydney, sisters Anne  (Pepper) and Dede, Aunt Nora, niece (Dianne) and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends.  For most of her life, Nora lived in Calgary, Alberta with her husband, daughters, granddaughters and their beloved dogs, Woof, Misty, Teaka, Jimmy, Sage.  Nora always held her childhood home, the Okanogan valley, dear to her heart and visited often.  After graduating from South Okanogan High School in 1964, Nora moved to Calgary where she married Sid and started their family.  Nora always loved athletics, nature, music and animals.  Her love for animals and nature was ultimately expressed in her involvement with the Southland Natural Park Society.   She was President of the Society for many years and was able to inspire many local community residents to come together to fight for environmental/community causes.  Both Nora and Sid volunteered many hours and received multiple municipal awards for their efforts at Southland Park.  In 1994 they received the Calgary Mayor’s Award for Environmental Achievement and in 2001 Nora received the prestigious Calgary Mayor’s Award for Environmental Individual Achievement. 

We would like to thank the Alberta ALS Society for their assistance during Nora’s journey with ALS.  We would also like specially acknowledge Nora’s dedicated caregivers, Christine, Carla and Erin who made it possible to stay at home. 

A celebration of Nora’s love of life will be held on Thursday November 3rd at 2 pm at the McInnis and Holloway Fish Creek Chapel.  14441 Bannister Rd, SE, Calgary Alberta.  A short service followed by tea will take place.  The family wishes that donations be made to the Alberta ALS Society in lieu of flowers.  www.alsab.ca

 

Posted by Shonna McLeod on October 22, 2019
Eight years have passed and the memory of your face and wonderful giggle lives in my heart. The tree planted in your memory is now large and beautiful and I look at it every day and think of our fun times together. RIP my dearest friend.
Posted by Wendy Emery-Blomberg on August 8, 2019
Dear Bootsie,
Think of you so often--we had years of fun exploring and playing in nature and getting into mischief while growing up. I am very thankful for those memories. You will be surrounded by the love of your family and the many grateful pets you cared for.
Blessings dear cousin.
Posted by Maryanne Pope on August 7, 2019
I think of Nora often...she was a beautiful soul who changed the trajectory of my life by giving me my beloved dog, Soda, so many years ago. I also remember the very first time I met Nora, at the off-leash park in Calgary...in 1997! 
Posted by Jeanine Hamm on August 6, 2019
Nora you are truly missed so may changes since you left
Until we meet again. Love Jeanine and Mel
Posted by Shonna McLeod on August 6, 2019
The years pass but the frendship we shared never does. Many things have changed since you left but memories stay strong and I think of you every day. and love you forever my dear freind.
Posted by Jeanine Hamm on October 22, 2018
Nora really miss you October 22 2018 miss your phone calls funny as you left on my Birthday we will miss you. Love Jeanine and Mel
Posted by Shonna McLeod on August 6, 2018
Memories never fade or friendships. We had something special and I cherish it. Your little tree is in full bloom now and I can see it out my kitchen window and see your beautiful smile and your wonderful giggle. You are missed always.
Posted by Jeanine Hamm on August 6, 2018
Nora today you left us miss you always Jeanine and MEL
Posted by Jeanine Hamm on August 6, 2018
Nora you are always on our minds missed by your family
Love and Prayers. Jeanine and Mel
Posted by Christine Samonte on August 6, 2018
I will never forget this day because you share the same birthday as Dan. Happy 73rd birthday Nora. Miss you.
Posted by Kim Cawsey on August 6, 2018
Thinking of you on your 73rd birthday with love and affection, as are many others on this special day that you were born. It is very sad that you were taken away from us far too soon; but your memories will be with us forever!
Posted by Kim Cawsey on October 22, 2017
We miss you and think of you often! You will be with us always & forever.
Posted by Shonna McLeod on October 22, 2017
Remembering all our fun times together and missing you so much my dear friend.
Posted by Shonna McLeod on August 6, 2017
You are always in my heart and memories my dear friend.
Posted by Kim Cawsey on August 6, 2017
You will live in our memories always & forever!
Posted by Shonna McLeod on October 22, 2016
You still live in my heart my dear friend. Missing you now and always.
Posted by Kim Cawsey on October 22, 2016
5 years eh??? The time seems to race past! It is wonderful to have a look again at the photos on this website and remember your lovely engaging smile. Thanks for the memories!
Posted by Jeanine Hamm on October 22, 2016
We really miss you Nora remember the good times.

Jeanine & Mel
Posted by Maryanne Pope on August 8, 2016
Thinking of Nora this time of year...and always :)
Maryanne
Posted by Kim Cawsey on August 6, 2016
Thinking of YOU Nora on your birthday! Never to be forgotten!
All My Love Always & Forever,
Kim
Posted by Jeanine Hamm on August 6, 2016
Nora we will never forget the good times think of you often you are greatly missed until we meet up there. Love Jeannine and Mel
Posted by Maryanne Pope on October 29, 2015
I think of Nora often...and know she'd get a smile out of my new dog, Sadie!
Posted by Jeanine Hamm on October 25, 2015
Miss you and the time has passed the memory will be remembered
the great time camping when Shelly and Cory were little girls
just had my birthday on October 22/15 Love you Gal
Posted by Kim Cawsey on October 22, 2015
Thinking of you today...it is so hard to believe that you have been gone for 4 years...my special memories of you will live on with me forever!
Posted by Shonna McLeod on October 22, 2015
Thinking of you today and rembering our special friendship and shared secrets and happy times together. I miss you so much my dear friend.
Posted by Christine Samonte on August 6, 2015
Happy Birthday Nora! I will always be grateful for all the things you made me realized. Thank you for inspiring my life.
Posted by Kim Cawsey on August 6, 2015
Thinking of YOU on your special day Nora! Richard & I both think about you often and find it hard to believe that you have been gone from us for nearly 4 entire years! You live on as a constant reminder to live our lives with gusto and enthusiasm...just as you lived every day of your life. It is wonderful to view all of your photos and bring you back into our world in a more real way by remembering just how much joy & positivity you spread throughout your way too short a life! Love you ALWAYS, Kimxxx
Posted by Shonna McLeod on August 6, 2015
Today I am remembering all the Birthday fun and giggles we shared for so many years. Miss you always my dear friend.
Posted by Kim Cawsey on October 22, 2014
To my Dearest Stepmother : I cannot believe that another year has passed us by and that it has truly been 3 years since your passing! The days quickly disappear, but your memories are as vivid as ever! I am forever blessed to have had you in my life and all of us will miss you until we too say goodbye to this place we now call home! Very nice to remember you today & always...Al My Love, Kimxx
Posted by Shonna McLeod on October 22, 2014
The sun is shining brightly this morning - just the kind of day you would have loved. You were my friend for so many years and we shared so many happy memories together and you never leave my thoughts. I miss you and your wonderful giggle.
Posted by Maryanne Pope on October 22, 2014
Another year has gone by. I was writing about Nora this week because I'm working on a book manuscript about my dogs, Soda and Sable. Nora is never far from my thoughts...she taught me - and gave me - so much :)
Posted by Maryanne Pope on August 7, 2014
Been thinking of Nora a lot lately!! My dog, Soda, passed away in May and although I was heartbroken, I will always have fond memories - all thanks to Nora, who connected us more than 13 years ago :)
Posted by Shonna McLeod on August 6, 2014
Never a day goes by that thoughts of fun stories we shared over a cup of tea and the many giggles spent talking over serious or silly matters while walking our dogs in Southland Park. I remember our day setting up the owl project and the four of us had so much fun together that day. I hope you are roaming the clouds with your dogs - happy and at peace finally.
Posted by Kim Cawsey on August 6, 2014
Today is Your Birthday! I have been thinking about you a LOT over the past while! I am ever grateful that I had you as such a strong influence in my life and I will miss you forever. Happy Birthday Dearest Nora!! Kimxoxo
Posted by Shonna McLeod on October 22, 2013
Two years have now passed since you left us to begin another journey. I think of you every day and I miss you terribly my special friend.
Posted by Maryanne Pope on October 22, 2013
I was just thinking of Nora the other day when I was reading through some of my notes - and came across some of her words of wisdom....just when I needed them most! I miss you, Nora :(
Posted by Kim Cawsey on October 22, 2013
Thinking of you Nora on this 2nd year anniversary! We miss you greatly and you will be with all of us in mind & spirit always & forever! Thank you for the impact you have had on my life! Kimxx
Posted by Christine Samonte on August 7, 2013
Happy Birthday Nora...i miss everything about you. you will always be in my heart.
Posted by Kim Cawsey on August 6, 2013
Hi Nora...we are thinking of you and all of your loved ones today on your birthday and remembering your very special birthday party 2 years ago today! You are missed by all of us greatly and your memory will stand strong in our hearts always & forever!! Kim & Richard xoxo
Posted by Shonna McLeod on August 6, 2013
We shared many birthdays together and I am remembering your special day with love and happy memories.
Posted by Anne Austin on November 19, 2012
I was very sad to hear that Nora passed away, especially because I only found out today. I had the pleasure of volunteering for Nora at the off-leash park, Nora was full of energy,enthusiasm and dedication when it came to the park. Nora was a very special lady and I am glad that I met her. Rest in peace Nora (I bet you are at the rainbow bridge welcoming our furry friends).
Posted by Christine Samonte on October 27, 2012
Miss you Nora. Thank you for the happy memories.....
Posted by Maryanne Pope on October 24, 2012
Thinking of Nora this week and always!
Maryanne Pope and Soda :)
Posted by Shonna McLeod on October 23, 2012
One year has passed now and I look at our photos together and remember the happy times we spent together over the many years our friendship endeared. I miss you so much and especially miss hearing your little giggle and our long discussions over a cup of tea. You live forever in my heart dear freind.
Posted by Barb Brough on October 23, 2012
It seems so long since you've been gone... not just a year....
I thought of you yesterday while in The Park.... and then a song that reminded me of you came up yesterday ....
It definitely was a melancholy day without you Nora....
I miss calling you 'My Friend'.....
Posted by Laura S Johnson on October 23, 2012
I have been thinking of Boots (Nora) and can't believe its been a year. I bet you're flying free now! I am thankful for the time we spent two months before you went.
Posted by Marilyn Berg on October 23, 2012
I think about you all the time miss Nora. I can't believe you've been in heaven a year already. I know life goes on but it goes on a little sadder without you.
Posted by Teresa Armstrong on October 22, 2012
Thinking of our sweet Nora today, we miss her more and more every day and are thankful that we have Sid in our lives to be able to share those beautiful memories of such a special lady.
Posted by Linda Scarlett on December 14, 2011
i met Nora in Southland where she watched me with my new very timid rescue dog. She said I was a lot of my dog's problem because I was afraid of other dogs & tensed when they came near. She said my dog fed into my fear. I later repeated this at an Animal Services meeting where she said she would never have said that. I assured her she had & that I'm forever grateful to her. Thanks, Nora
Posted by Cathy Lohlein-Spence on November 19, 2011
Fond memories of Boots in school and growing up in Osoyoos.
Our sincere sympathy to the family.

Cathy-Lohlein -Spence (Vernon,B. C. )
Fran-Lohlein-Prevost   (Vernon,B. C.)
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Posted by Shonna McLeod on October 22, 2019
Eight years have passed and the memory of your face and wonderful giggle lives in my heart. The tree planted in your memory is now large and beautiful and I look at it every day and think of our fun times together. RIP my dearest friend.
Posted by Wendy Emery-Blomberg on August 8, 2019
Dear Bootsie,
Think of you so often--we had years of fun exploring and playing in nature and getting into mischief while growing up. I am very thankful for those memories. You will be surrounded by the love of your family and the many grateful pets you cared for.
Blessings dear cousin.
Posted by Maryanne Pope on August 7, 2019
I think of Nora often...she was a beautiful soul who changed the trajectory of my life by giving me my beloved dog, Soda, so many years ago. I also remember the very first time I met Nora, at the off-leash park in Calgary...in 1997! 
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Shared by Cory Tuckey on November 4, 2012

This is our Sunday School class--in all our stiff looking dresses--not a smile among us--we look scared  for some reason. My house was at the bottom of a little hill and the Anglican Church at the the top across the street on the left corner. The Pentecostal Church was at the top of the hill on the same side of the street on the right corner.  When we were really little we occasionally would sneak into the Pentecostal services when we were supposed to be going to S S--it was great fun--we thought--because they would, I guess kind of yell/sing?, in retropsect-but they had all kinds of musical intruments that we could play during the service--great fun for a tiny kid. Like triangles and so forth. 

Once , when we were really tiny, we walked (she frequently spent the night with us as I did at her house) out of my house in nothing but our little white undershirts and I guess wandered in to town which was only a street over and the Catholic Church priest found us and returned us back to my Mom who needless to say was really surprised and not at all happy. We were so little and innocent but certainly seemed to get into trouble.

As I said before she was like a sister to me and we had way too much fun.

Shared by Cory Tuckey on November 1, 2011

This is a picure of Sydney and Nora by a very big sunflower Noras favorite flower.

 

 

 

 

 

A spirit of love

Shared by Laura S Johnson on October 31, 2011

I am Boots’ (as I called Nora) first cousin, Laura.   I visited Boots recently, the first time in years.  I was delighted to get to know her some again.   She had a lovely spirit of fun:  one day we went out for a walk, her in her wheelchair and me on my feet.  She said ‘where’s mah mud puddle?!”  and I could picture her jumping into a mud puddle and splashing water and mud everywhere.   She kept admiring things she could see out her window and saying ‘beautiful, beautiful’.  She carried our family’s love of the outdoors and I admire the work she did in Southlands Park.   I am glad she was my cousin!