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BROWNLEES, Rosemary Anna Jane (nee Arnold)

September 4, 1935 – Lisburn, Northern Ireland
July 12, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Gone from this world far too soon, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and special friend passed peacefully on Saturday, July 12, 2014 after a sudden, brief illness.

Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, Rosemary came to Calgary with her husband and children to start a new life in August 1970. A career teacher, after receiving her initial teacher training at Stranmillis College, Belfast, she upgraded at the University of Calgary and spent many years teaching with the Calgary Board of Education where she had an impact on countless young lives and made many enduring friendships. Rosemary was a kind, gentle and loving woman who will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She was never happier than when she was in her garden which she enjoyed right up until the day she took ill.

Rosemary is survived by her beloved children, Arnold (Lynette) and Carole; dear granddaughters, Heather, Christina, and Kennedy; brother John Arnold; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family in Northern Ireland. She is also survived by a great many very dear friends, in particular a special group of retired colleagues from Keeler Elementary School with whom she took great joy in gathering on a regular basis.

She was predeceased by her husband, Derek Brownlees, dear sister Audrey Neill, brother, Robert Arnold and parents John and May Arnold.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through A special thanks is extended to the medical staff of Foothills Medical Centre, in particular the nursing staff in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit for their dedicated and compassionate care and support. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Reads, 105, 105 12 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB, T2G 1A1, Telephone: 403-777-8254,

In living memory of Rosemary Brownlees, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Arlana Keller :

    Dear Arnie & Lynette & Kennedy and family,

    We are so sorry to hear the loss of your mother/grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult and sad time.

    The Keller family

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  2. Courtney Massicotte :

    Dear Carole and family,
    I’m sorry that I’m not there to give you my condolences in person, but please know that I’m thinking of you.
    With love and best wishes,

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  3. Jim and Eleanor Davis :

    Dear Arnold, Carole and family
    We are so sorry to hear of Rosemary’s passing. We enjoyed her visit just a few short months ago. We send our love and deepest sympathy.
    Eleanor and Jim

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  4. Fiona Baird :

    Dear Arnold, Carole and family
    We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Rosemary’s passing. She was a lady with an adventurous and thoughtful spirit. We send our deepest sympathy and thoughts at this sad time.
    Fiona and Stephen

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