Ila Mae Callaghan

Ila Mae Callaghan

Nov 15, 2017
Ila died peacefully at Mt. Ida Mews on November 15, 2017 at the age of 86. She was born in Hughenden Alberta and moved to Loos, BC with her family in April 1937. Ila was one of 10 children born to Pat and Ida Fuglem.

Ila attended high school in McBride. It was there she met Art Callaghan who was working for the Department of Highways. They were married February 27, 1951 and raised 4 children in McBride. They were married for 66 years.

Ila worked at numerous retail jobs, volunteered with girl guides and loved singing at many functions. She could always be counted on to be cheering on family at basketball and hockey events with her cow bell. They always enjoyed dances and playing music in their backyard in McBride.

In 1972 they moved out to Loos, BC, purchased the Loos school house and started there farming adventure while enjoying back country horseback and hunting trips. Grandma was known for her chocolate cake with fudge icing, scrabble queen, doing puzzles and helping grandchildren steal chocolate bars from Grandpa’s drawer.

In 1995 they moved to Chase, BC and claimed they were no longer Loos’ers but Chase’ers. Ila kept busy with the Kitchen Band, OAPO, and traveling around to rodeos with their trailer. Ila moved into Mt Ida Mews in 2013 where they took wonderful care of her.

Ila leaves behind her husband Art Callaghan, daughter Lucille Mintz (Dale), sons Bob Callaghan (Heather) and Mike Callaghan (Carol), 11 grandchildren (1 predeceased) and 12 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Marilyn Cochrane (Art).

In respecting her wishes cremation has taken place and there will be a celebration tea in the spring of 2018. Family extends their heartfelt thanks to the Mt. Ida Mews staff and Dr. E. Bonthuys.

Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s society.

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