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BARRACLOUGH, Marilyn Hazel (nee Lane)

November 21, 1947 – Winnipeg, MB
March 27, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Marilyn is survived by her beloved husband, Wayne and daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Anthony Perkins. Marilyn is also survived by her Mother Hazel Lane of Winnipeg as well as her 2 sisters and brother and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.

Marilyn was born to Ed and Hazel Lane and spent her formative years in Winnipeg. She graduated from Churchill high school and soon ventured to Calgary for work. Family friends, Ray and Dorothy Barraclough, would welcome Marilyn to the city and eventually introduce her to future husband Wayne, their only child.

One of Marilyn’s greatest passions was the close and loving relationship she shared with Wayne. They were married in 1975 and would move together to Vancouver and then Yellowknife where Marilyn gave birth to daughter Kim in August of 1979. The close family of three spent as much time together as possible. They could turn any situation into a good time. Anytime the family didn’t make it through a light in the car but ended up at the front of the line there was always a boisterous cheer led by Marilyn, “We’re first, we’re #1! We win!”

Marilyn was a passionate and dedicated volunteer throughout her life, starting in her teens by volunteering as a Cub leader and helping out at various swim meets. She was particularly involved with both curling and Girl Guides.

Marilyn’s curling career began in her teen years, curling competitively as a junior and as an adult. Once her knees no longer allowed her to play she began coaching and instruction as well as volunteering for the various, board-driven district, provincial, and national committees.
In 1988 Marilyn became president of the Canadian Ladies Curling Association. She would be instrumental in helping to merge the ladies association with the men’s to form what is now known as the, all-encompassing, Canadian Curling Association. Marilyn was also a National Course Conductor for many years and taught countless individuals how best to coach and teach curling. She often kept up with her coaching students and was always eager to offer mentorship advice when asked. She was a firm believer in sharing ideas between curling clubs, coaches, instructors, and curlers. To Marilyn, curling was and is a sport in a state of massive growth and her greatest dream was to see curling take off on a world-wide basis while still thriving in Canada.

In Yellowknife Marilyn helped to instruct and run the local junior curling program. Later she began coaching competitive junior teams. She was chosen as coach for the 1995 Canada Winter Games held in Grande Prairie.

Later in 1995 Marilyn and family relocated to Calgary where Marilyn immediately became heavily involved in local and provincial curling. She coached a number of junior teams to a provincial competition level and also served as President of Alberta Curling Federation from 2002 – 2004. Marilyn was also involved in creating an instructional Mecca at the Calgary Curling Club called the Calgary Curling Club Academy to bring in more juniors as well as beginner curlers. She successfully created the template for instructional adult leagues which are now popular across the country.

Marilyn was involved with Girl Guides of Canada for a number of years during which she worked as a brownie leader, then as the NWT Provincial Commissioner. She later worked nationally on the Girl Guide Cookie Committee. Not only did she find this work fun and satisfying, her family also approved when boxes of possible new Girl Guide Cookie flavours came home in her suitcase.

In 1999 Marilyn and Wayne moved to Black Diamond, AB where Marilyn soon volunteered on a town committee and joined the Lions Club. She withdrew from these commitments in order to continue their pursuit of travels.

She and Wayne travelled extensively throughout Mexico, North America, and Europe, often stopping for a visit in Switzerland with an exchange student who lived with the Barraclough family from 1992-1993.

Always a proud Canadian Marilyn was happy to say she’d visited every provincial legislative building in the country.

Marilyn would learn more about what happens south of the border when in 2008 she and Wayne tried being Snow Birds for 3 years and travelled via RV throughout much of the South-Western USA.
Most recently Marilyn and Wayne travelled to Russia in October of 2013 where they embarked on a river cruise for 10 days then they made their way to Switzerland again for fun and more touring of the small country.

In recent years Marilyn had surgeries to replace both knees. Upon recovery she took up golf with Wayne and often spent 5 days a week on the golf course. After purchasing a condo in Radium, BC she and Wayne would have even more time to golf in the summer and lots of beautiful golf courses to choose from.

Marilyn passed away at Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary from a bone marrow disorder called meylofibrosis. A Memorial Gathering will be held May 10th, 2014 in Turner Valley, AB at the Flare ‘n’ Derrick from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. An open jam session will follow the formal proceedings. Please consider bringing your voice and/or instrument of choice in order to take part in the jam or just stick around to socialize and listen to some great music Marilyn would particularly enjoy.

Please consider filling out organ donor cards and donating blood. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Alberta Curling Federation; Attention – ACF Scholarships, 3rd Floor – Percy Page Centre, 11759 Groat Road, Edmonton, AB, T5M 3K6, or to the University of Calgary, Hematology Research and Education (RT694534-00000), Michelle Hubbs-Felder, Division of Hematology, Rm C-210, Main bldg, Foothills Medical Centre, 1403-29 St ., Calgary, AB, T2N 2T9.

In living memory of Marilyn Barraclough, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. I am saddened by Marilyn’s death. She was a tireless volunteer for curling and it was through curling that she and I met. She was a good friend. Our deepest sympathy to Wayne, Kim, Anthony and extended family.

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  2. I so remembered how Marilyn mentored my kids and encouraged me to pursue developing my coaching skills while working in the junior curling program at the Calgary Curling Club. She was one amazing woman. I would like to pass on our condolences to your family.

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  3. Bernice Merrick :

    My sincere condolences to the Barraclough Family, Marilyn was a most amazing lady who touched the lives of so many people. She was deeply loved and will be sadly missed.. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time and may Marilyn Rest in Eternal Peace.

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  4. Michele Carr :

    My heartfelt condolences to Wayne, Kim and Anthony, she will be missed by many. I’m so glad I got to learn from and coach/instruct with Marilyn with the junior curlers. She has taught me a lot of techniques to get a point across, that I still use today.

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  5. Barb and Al Coombs :

    Al and I are greatly saddened to learn of Marilyn’s passing. She has left us way too soon. Our hearts go out to you Wayne, Kim and Anthony. Your memories of such a wonderful person will be with you forever. Marilyn will always be in our hearts.

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  6. MacLachlan's :

    It was with profound sadness that we heard of Marilyn’s passing. We have enjoyed her company at the various curling functions and the Alberta Rocks Camps. Her always smiling face and help will be greatly missed but always remembered.

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  7. Linda Crawford :

    I am sincerely sadded by your loss. Marilyn was a bright and lively personality and always a joy to be around. She was always positive and interested in everyone and everything.

    I can only imagine how much you all will miss her – my love to you, Wayne, Kim, Anthony.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  8. To Wayne, Kim and Anthony, we just heard the tragic news and would like to express our sincere condolences. I am so sorry for your loss.

    The Kabans and the Kozaks

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