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YOUNG, Kathleen “Muriel” (nee Fitzpatrick)

September 11, 1929 – March 1, 2013

Muriel Young, beloved wife of John Young for 59 happy years, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the age of 83.

Muriel was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on September 11, 1929 and grew up in Coatbridge, Scotland. Muriel was a lady with many professions over the years; an office clerk, secretary and a police woman in Scotland. She married John Young and immigrated to Toronto, ON in 1953 then to Calgary in 1955 where she worked in the legal profession until going to university where she got her Bachelor of Education at the age of 59 years. She was a substitute teacher. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church for over 50 years where she was an Elder, Sunday School Teacher, Leader in the junior section of The Boys Brigade, and a Girl Guide Leader. She volunteered at the Rockyview Hospital in Pastoral Care.

Muriel will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 59 years, John; daughter and son-in-law Joh-Ann and Mark Brae; granddaughters she adored Makenna and Kaila; sisters-in-law Isabel Clark of Calgary and Helen Burnet and family in Scotland. Muriel was predeceased by her daughter Ruth.

A Graveside Service will be held in the Garden of the Last Supper at Mountain View Memorial Gardens, (17 Ave & Garden Rd. S.E., Calgary) on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (703 Heritage Drive S.W., Calgary, AB T2V 2W4) on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or directly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, #204, 1608 – 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0E3 Telephone: (403) 255-7100, www.jdfc.ca. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and the palliative care team at the Rockyview General Hospital and also our family Dr. Kelly Young.

In living memory of Muriel Young, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Susan and Rick :

    Joh-Ann
    In our thoughts daily and in our hearts often. When you need us we are but a call away.

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  2. Debbie & Bryan McCulley :

    Our prayers and condolences go out to you and your family. Your mom was a loving wife and a mother. She was also a good mother. She wins a good friend too. She will sadly be missed. She will always be in your hearts.

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  3. Debbie & Bryan McCulley :

    Joh-Ann you had a wonderful mother. She was also a wonderful grandma and a wonderful wife. She will sadly be missed. She will always be in your hearts.

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  4. Susan Elliott Ladouceur :

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I’ve known the Young family since I was a young kid. I used to babysit Joh-Ann for them when they went to their weekly Scottish Country Dancing along with the Barclays and my parents.
    She had a good ear for when I had distress in my own life. She was such a great lady. I haven’t seen the Youngs in years, probably since I attended St. Andrews back in the 80’s, however, I did run into both Mr and Mrs Young at the hospital about 1 month ago when I was in emergency myself. It was a brief visit but nice to see them and speak with them both again. I know that you all will miss her very much. I think she is in a better place now though, once again with Ruth. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  5. Dear John and Joh-Ann,
    My deepest condolences to you both. I first met your family when my family moved to Calgary and we started attending St. Andrew’s. Ruth and I became close friends, and I got to know an amazing woman. I want you to know that Muriel’s incredible strength and steadfast faith were of great comfort and support to me during some very difficult times in my life. She touched a great many lives, and she will be missed. Your love will keep her alive in your hearts – right beside Ruth.

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  6. To the family of Muriel Young,

    My sincere condolences for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Muriel and speaking with her at a number of dinner meetings held by the Association of Administrative Assistants here in Calgary. I enjoyed her stories and experiences that she shared, as well as her sense of humour. She was a real treasure. She will be missed.

    Sincerely,
    Pat O’Shea

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  7. Veronika Duska :

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I will miss Muriel’s energetic, no nonsense, not-to-mention humourous presence at our AAA meetings. It was always a pleasure to sit with her.

    Warm Regards,
    Veronika

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  8. Sheila Moody :

    Some of my fondest memories in Guiding involve Mrs. Young. I hope that Joh-Ann and Mr. Young and the rest of the family will find peace in your memories.
    Sheila Moody

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  9. Barbara Grogan, President, Association of Administrative Assistants :

    On behalf of the National Board of the Association of Administrative Assistants, I would like extend our condolences to Muriel’s family. Muriel joined the Association in 1965 and was granted Life Membership in 2005.

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  10. Marian Burke :

    To John and family:
    Please accept my condolences in the loss of your wonderful wife/mother/grandmother. Although it is 48 years since I worked with Muriel at Great Plains, I still remember with great fondness and respect the hard-working, loyal person she was–and, most especially, her exceptional sense of humour.

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  11. Jackie Pontin :

    I was so sorry to hear of Muriel’s passing, She was an important member of the Calgary Branch of the Association of Administrative Assistants and will be missed. She had generous heart and donated some wonderful prizes for our monthly draws and fund raisers. I know our members commented that it was always a treat to sit with her at the meetings, she was such an interesting lady. I drove her home after the meetings and shall miss those opportunities to get to hear more of her stories. She had a great sense of humour. On behalf of the Calgary Branch of our Association, I extend our sympathy to John and the family.
    Jackie

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  12. Marjorie Christie :

    Dear John & Family,
    So sorry to hear about Muriel and my sincere condolences to you all. Muriel was quite the lady, always busy. I can remember when she was a policewoman she stopped traffic at Coatdyke to let me run across the road so that I would not be late for work.
    Will always have good memories of her.

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  13. Muriel Young

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Muriel for she seemed pretty well eternal to me. She was so vibrant and fun.

    I met her a few years ago only, as we were both subbing “invigilating” at the grade 12 exams at Aberthart. She introduced herself as Muriel Young and then as I recall, as ‘old lady Young’. It was a mind-numbingly boring job, to walk up and down aisles of kids for five and six hours a day but it is also important – for the kids to feel cared for, to get them kleenexes or take them to the washroom and of course for exam security.

    I had never done this job before but she had. She was so much fun. As our legs ached and our shoes squeaked as we paced the aisles endlessly, she was in great humor. At breaks she whispered to me her stories and kept me chuckling. What a great attitude she had to life and it rubbed off on the students. Yes this was a serious exam but there were very kind people around who cared.

    The fact she was also a police officer was very believable too the way she was no nonsense but with a heart. A wonderful mix. We kidded around about the kids who did not look like their ID card, who had dyed or cut their hair since last September and about the names that sounded female but the person in front of us was clearly male or vice versa. I had a great time and she was a big part of that.

    Years later at a sub dinner I sat with her again. She had retired from the job, finally, having done it more than anyone known to human kind, but she was still \’with it’ and at the top of her game. She told me of a difficult ESL class she taught once which was very rowdy. She wanted them to settle down and asked someone how you say in Chinese to be quiet. The person wrote down the words and she practised saying them. When the next class arrived and was rowdy again she said those key Chinese words and the class became dead silent, looking shocked and scared. She was stunned at her effect.

    Later she asked another Chinese person what those words had meant. She had apparently dramatically sworn at the kids. No wonder they were stunned.

    She was such a treasure. I suspect she is already keeping God laughing

    Happy memories in your loss

    Bev Jaremko
    Sub\
    CBE
    403-283-2400

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  14. Eleanor Anderson :

    Our prayers and sympathy for a Great Lady. We were together in the Brownie year, and remained great friends. All our love. Bob and Eleanor Anderson

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  15. Clarence and Pat Lomheim( ST Andrew's) :

    Dear John and Family,
    Thinking of you at this difficult time and sending our deepest sympathy.I will miss sharing silly jokes with Muriel.Iam sure she brought a smile to many people she visited.

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  16. Ann Vanderwal :

    Dear John and family,
    I would like to offer condolences on behalf of the Calgary branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Sociey. She was one of our founding members and she is still remembered for her all her efforts for the Society. We trust that your memories of her joyful dancing will encourage you during this difficult time.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Ann Vanderwal
    Secretary RSCDS Calgary

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  17. Lawanda Neilsen :

    To Muriel’s family. I want you to know that Muriel was often a teacher at our school, Dr. E. P. Scarlett. Whenever she arrived we felt total confidence that our students would be well taken care of. She was a true professional. I also had occasion to meet her in her capacity as a volunteer worker at the Rockyview in her selfless work with those in hospital. You can all feel proud of her wonderful achievements.
    Lawanda Neilsen, former principal, Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School

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