August 27, 2014 6:08 pm

Calgarians celebrate ‘Queen of the White Hat’ Marge Gudmundson

CALGARY- Friends and family gathered on Wednesday, to pay tribute to a much-loved Calgarian known as the ‘Queen of the White Hat.’

Marge Gudmundson passed away last month, at the age of 79.

She was a tireless ambassador for the city of Calgary, volunteering for various charities and served as a greeter. Her family estimates she welcomed up to 25 thousand people over the last quarter century, and white-hatted celebrities, athletes and politicians including the likes of Mikhail Gorbachev and Garth Brooks.

“She was music,” says son Jim Gudmundson. “Music can pick you when you’re feeling blue, can make you feel loving, can make you feel like sharing, can elevate you and make you realize that you can always rise above where you’re at.”

“My mom gave her all, she only had one speed and that was full steam ahead,” adds daughter Darla Palmer. “I never recall her raising her voice or not taking time to call you when she knew something wasn’t right.

“I know she’s up there bossing somebody around, and I know we will meet again.”

Gudmundson was remembered for her loving personality, charm and trademark chocolate chip cookies.

A tribute for Marge Gudmundson.

Jill Croteau/Global News
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