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BARROLL – Marie Alice (nee McGillivray)

BARROLL – Marie Alice (nee McGillivray)
January 14, 1925 – July 27, 2010

Marie Alice Barroll, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at the age of 85 years.

Born in Calgary on January 14, 1925, Marie and her twin brother Hugh entered the world in the bitter Alberta winter and together began their life in the glow of the love of their parents Hugh and Rose McGillivray and a warming oven in the kitchen stove. Marie showed her character at an early age, watching over her younger siblings (a second set of twins, Joan and Don, and her youngest sister Eunice), and all her life maintained her role as the fiercely protective guardian of her siblings, and when they grew older, her beloved parents. She was high-spirited, strong minded, stubborn and deeply compassionate, and during her life was never afraid of standing up for children, animals or anyone she felt was unable to protect themselves. A member of St Joseph’s parish, she attended and graduated from St. Mary’s High school. Even as a teenager, her energetic spirit and sense of fun drew many people to her. She had a flare for fashion and loved dancing, skating and picnicking at Bowness Park with friends and family. Her desire for an independent life led her to nursing school where at 21 she graduated from Holy Cross Hospital as a Registered Nurse in1946. After years of nursing in small towns across Alberta and Calgary, Marie’s search for wider horizons led her to become an Air Stewardess for Trans Canada Airlines, one of the pioneers in the post-war Canadian airline industry. Her exciting career working in DC3 aircraft led to her meeting the love of her life, Ed Barroll, who upon seeing her was so enamoured as to change his assigned seat to sit next to Marie on the plane so he could meet her. Ed was an ex-RCAF pilot, petroleum engineer and a rig manager in Northern Alberta, and during their courtship, her pilots would often alert her on the intercom when landing in Edmonton, “Marie, your roughneck’s waiting for you!” whenever they saw a familiar red plaid jacket on the tarmac. They soon married and began a life together that took them from an oilfield skid-shack to the family house in Mount Royal in Calgary, with many stops along the way — France, Edmonton, Denver, Houston, but Calgary always remained their true home. During that time they raised three daughters and a son; Jane, Hugh, Catherine and Mary, who benefited from the deep love of home and family that characterized Marie’s life, and provided lasting values with the warmth and stability of a large family circle. Like her mother, Marie was a great cook and her many travels with Ed made her an inspired one; her dinners were legendary among her family and friends. She liked bowling and won several trophies at the Glencoe Club. She was a member of the Mount Royal Ladies Group, the Holy Cross Nurses Alumnae Association, and the Maple Wings. She enjoyed gardening and jam-making, especially at the family cabin on Shuswap Lake where she passed many happy summers. Her sorrow at the loss of her husband and life partner of 58 years was comforted by the birth of her beloved grandson Edward, who brought great joy to her final years. Despite the inevitable losses and challenges of life, she never lost her capacity for optimism, love and faith. Marie’s sense of humour and curiosity about the world kept her young far beyond her years. Her passing was a shock to everyone who knew her– she was still beautiful, spirited, loved life and finally was, “a lady whom time had surprised”.

Marie was deeply loved by her family and her many friends and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her four loving children, Jane Barroll, Hugh Barroll (Rose Moreira), Catherine Barroll and Mary Barroll (Wayne Albo); and grandchildren, Sarah, David, Leticia and Edward; her sisters, Joan Corey and Eunice Coleman. Marie was predeceased by her loving husband, Ed Barroll, and her two brothers, Hugh and Don McGillivray.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral (219 – 18th Avenue S.W.) on Friday, August 6, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, #271, 339 – 50 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 2B3 Telephone: (403) 265-9039,

In living memory of Marie Barroll, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Hello to all and my prayers are with you!
    I am in BC at the moment and will not be home until the 10th.
    I wish I could be with you at this moment to ease your loss.
    The Kings, all of us out here in BC;
    Shannon & family, Shelley all of Michael’s children & grand children are thinking of you at this time. I will be seeing them all tomorrow and we will share a prayer.
    Your mom will be missed by many and fond memories of Prospect Avenue will reside in our hearts.

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  2. Patricia Oxendale :

    I am very sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. Take care of yourself.

    Pattie Oxendale

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  3. I recall a black and white picture taken in late 1951 or early 1952, I believe on 12th Ave. in Calgary. My Mother, Arlene, my Aunts Marie and Gwen were sitting on a sofa with their 3 first infants on their laps, myself, Jane and Robert.
    It saddens me to think that Aunt Marie was the last of these women and their husbands and the last of that generations of Barrolls. My cousins, sister and I have lost our familes that had provided love, nourishment and the lessons in life that made us who we are.
    We have been fortunate that they were in our lives. My children have benefited from their family association with Aunt Marie and Uncle Ted.
    Rest in Peace.

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  4. The Arnett's :

    Our love and prayers are with you. Marie and Ed were an important part of the Arnett family life. We will miss Marie.

    Love the Arnett’s

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  5. Sonnet 116
    Love is not love
    Which alters when it alteration finds,
    Or bends with the remover to remove:
    O no! it is an ever-fixéd mark
    That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
    It is the star to every wandering bark,
    Whose Worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
    Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
    Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
    Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
    But bears it out even to the edge of doom:
    If this be error and upon me proved,
    I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
    – William Shakespeare

    To say that I am grateful that I have known, loved and experienced the love of your beautiful Mother is an understatement. She has represented for myself and for so many an ‘ever fixed mark’ of immovable and unconditional love.

    I count it an incredible blessing to have shared in the beauty that was her life.

    My heart is sad as I leave the country today, knowing that I cannot attend the services in her memory. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    May Aunt Marie rest in peace knowing that she has left a true legacy of grace, love and overflowing generosity behind her.

    With Love,


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  6. Jack and Paola Olivieri :

    I’m so sorry to hear of your moms passing as I just recently saw and talked to her briefly. Still bubbly with a smile as always. I recall her warmth and welcoming heart regardless of the situation. Having lost my loving parents not long ago life is different, realizing more so just how precious they were. Pulling together as family and sharing the wonderful memories will ease the sadness. My deepest condolences to all of you…Jack

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  7. Steve Shannon :


    Sorry to hear about the death of your mother. I read her obituary and and it really captured what an accomplished and vibrant person she had been. It is not an easy time for you, but I trust you are getting all the love and support you need from family and friends.

    Take Care,
    Steve Shannon

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  8. You have my sincere condolences.

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  9. Jane – I just was told today by Margaret Archibald of the death of your Mother in late July. I am so sorry and know about the shock of sudden death. However, it has it’s compensations in that she didn’t suffer a great deal.

    Please accept my most sincere sympathy and I will look forward to having a visit with you on your return to Vancouver,

    Much love

    Anne Pearson

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  10. Sorry to know of your loving mum’s passing…my sincere condolence to you and family…. God Bless her soul….

    Hugh, in fact I’ve been looking for Hugh Edward Barroll who used to work in Miri, Sarawak, East Malaysia in the mid 1970s. I hope I got the right person, if so, hope to hear from you. Tell me about your family and kids. My email addy:

    Regards and God Bless all

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  11. Betty (Pound) MacDonald :

    Marie travelled with her Joan and Eunice and her dear mother, Rose in 1979 to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia to visit with our parents and meet all of Rose’s sister Alma Arsenault Pound’s grandchildren. We remember the visit fondly and found her to be much as described in her obituary. She was due to come back East just before her passing and so we regrettably never got to see her again but our memories of her are wonderful and we hope to see her again in heaven some day. We have no doubt that is where she presently resides.
    Condolences to her children, sisters Joan and Eunice and all her other family members and friends.

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