RICHARDSON, Cynthia Mary (nee Willis)


December 26, 1925 – Calgary, Alberta - August 17, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta - It is with deep sadness that the family of Cynthia Mary Richardson (nee Willis) announce her passing at Holy Cross Manor in Calgary, Alberta on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the age of 91 years. Cynthia, or Mary, as her Alberta family called her, was the third and youngest child of Tom and Ruth Willis. She grew up on a farm just outside of Elnora, Alberta, and attended Cornwall Valley country school. She joined the war effort on January 1, 1944 with the Royal Canadian Air Force. She was stationed at Trenton, ON, for two and a half years. After WWII she took administrative training in Calgary and worked for some of the original oil and gas companies including Link, Downing and Cook, Cree Oil and Shell Oil. It was a mutual love of flying that brought mom and dad together. Mom had already earned her pilot’s licence when dad, upon recently receiving his, was introduced to mom. It was love at first sight and they were married within the year, 1962. After settling on the family farm just outside of Kindersley, SK, Tom and Cindy began their family. Mom and dad enjoyed farm life until August 12, 1980, when dad passed away suddenly, as the plane he was piloting crashed. Mom adjusted to life as a single parent and held the farm together with some help from family, friends and neighbors. Family and faith were always closest to moms’ heart. Through the years, mom was involved in many clubs and organizations within the Kindersley community. After battling cancer in 2011 and a fractured pelvis in 2012, mom moved from Kindersley back to Calgary in 2013, to be closer to family. Her smile and affection will be greatly missed by all. Mom will be lovingly remembered by her three children and their spouses, Joan and Dave Miller of Calgary, Lisa and Dan Hupka of Saskatoon, SK, and Andrew and Paula Richardson of Calgary; eight grandchildren, Tina, Amy and Liam Miller, Nathan, Adam and Owen Hupka, and Thomas and Sara Richardson. Mom was predeceased by her beloved husband, Tom Richardson of Kindersley, SK. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 2:00p.m. Graveside service will be held at the Kindersley Cemetery on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 1:00p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, In living memory of Cynthia Richardson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.