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CLARKE, Marie Elisha

November 12, 1929 – March 28, 2013

Marie Clarke Rowbotham of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully at Sarcee Hospice on March 28th, 2013 with her loving family by her side, at the age of 83 years.
Marie was born on November 12th, 1929 in her parents’ home in Connaught, Ontario. She was the youngest of five children born to Marie and Joseph Clemens. She grew up swimming and boating on the river in front of her house. She attended the local French schools until grade eight when she transferred to St. Josephs all girls’ school in Toronto. Many lifelong friendships began there. She was a natural leader at the school, but not always in the direction the nuns would have chosen. An illness prevented her from attending McGill University, but she eventually went on to study Business at Loretta College in Toronto. In 1954 she left Toronto on her own and ventured west to Vancouver to work at the Royal Bank of Canada. It was while she was in Vancouver that she met Gray Clarke, they married in Vancouver and in 1955 moved to Calgary and raised five children. Although new to Calgary her outgoing personality allowed her to make friends quickly. Marie was known among her friends as being extremely generous. Whenever they wanted to have a party she never said “no”. Wherever her home was, that became the place to gather. In her early years while raising a young family, she had very little in the way of money but she had an unlimited generosity and she spent it freely among all her family and friends, which she had in such abundance. She resumed her career when the last of her five kids went off to school. Her gift for connecting with people created opportunities for a challenging and rewarding career. She worked at the University of Calgary, as the managing editor of the Canadian Psychological Review of Canada from 1969 to 1980. In 1980 she moved to Mobil Oil and honed her skills in Corporate Giving, as the Coordinator of Corporate Gifts. This set her up for her role as a Campaign Manager for the United Way where she managed large corporate accounts with great success and support from the Calgary Oil and Gas Industry from 1985 to 1989. In 1989 she retired from the United Way and in the same year married the Honorable Justice Harry Rowbotham. They shared a passion for family, travel, food and wine and their affiliation with the Chaine des Rotissuers and the International Food and Wine Society created many memorable occasions.
Marie Clarke is survived by her children, Gary Clarke, Lisa Clarke (Hugo Potts), Lori Wheeler (Brad), Paul Clarke (Janice); grandchildren, Evan, Owen and Kate Potts, Sean and Luke Clarke, and Ryan and Quinn Wheeler; stepchildren, Patricia, Elizabeth and Victoria Rowbotham and their families; much loved nieces, nephews and cousins; dear friends Shirley Toohey of Port Credit, Ontario, Al Kahanoff, Heather Meehan, and numerous friends in Calgary and Ontario. She was predeceased by her son Ward Clarke (2002); husband Harry Rowbotham (2011); parents, Marie and Joseph Clemens; siblings, Mary Louise, Rosemary, Joan and Joseph; sister in law Mary Ellen Juba and her son in-law Douglas Stokes.
The family wishes to express their gratitude for the loving care that Marie received while at the Sarcee Hospice

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Marie Clarke, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane 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. margie birdsell :

    Jackie Lewis, Cathy Disternal and Margie Birdsell (Berezowski) are sad to learn of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

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  2. Steve Harris :

    Dear Gary, Lisa, Paul and Lori. We are very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Steve Harris and family.

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  3. Lori Ann Edwards :

    Marie was a wonderful person.
    She will be missed.

    While she certainly enjoyed a long and fulfilling life, my thoughts are with the Clarke and Rowbotham families, who’ve dealt with a number of difficult losses these past few years.

    Lori Ann Edwards
    Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia

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  4. Marie was an exceptional boss when Amoco Canada Petroleum loaned me out to work with Marie in the 1980′s. Marie had people and street smarts and Marie always made my job and work easier although the challenges were consistently varied and difficult for the both of us.

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  5. Claire McGhee :

    Sincere sympathy to Marie’s (Heartsies) family. My sister, Lorraine, was married to J.D., her brother. My husband & I visited Calgary several times over recent years and always reconnected with Heartsie over lunch. I’m so glad we were able to visit with her last September. She was a special person.

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  6. Cindy Trimming Murray :

    Dear Lisa,
    I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom.

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  7. Cindy Trimming Murray :

    Dear Lisa,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and your family at this very difficult time.
    Cindy Trimming Murray
    Houston, Texas

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  8. Brodie and Terry :

    We are thinking of you today as you say goodbye to dear Marie. We send our sincere condolences to the entire Clarke family, Marie will be fondly remembered by so many. Raising a toast to a life well lived and loved. Yours in friendship, Brodie and Terry.

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  9. Lindsay Holden :

    To the Clarke family,

    My prayers are with you as you feel this loss. Paul, you are a lovely reflection of the values your mom represents and therefore are open to the strength and spiritual support offered by others who will care for you.

    L

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  10. Donna Leibham :

    Dear Lisa and Family;

    My thoughts are with you today as you celebrate the life of a wonderful woman. One of my favourite memories has to do with her willingness to help me early on in my career when I wanted to apply for a position with the United Way. She not only gave me some great advice, but she put a good word in for me as well. She was a really warm and caring person and I’m sorry that I am not able to extend my support to you in person.

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  11. Dear Lisa, Hugo, Evan, Owen, Kate, Pat Rowbothams & family, and the Clarke family,

    Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of your dear mother. I found your mother to be such a kind, gracious, generous and entertaining woman. Her strength and sense of fun was event in her zest for life. She will be missed.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Lisa Mueller, Allan de Paiva and kids

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  12. Bill and Lola Wheeler :

    Dear Brad and Lori:
    We sent a note of condolence yesterday which is not on the list today. We wanted you to know how much we valued Marie and we are so proud that she was Brad’s mother-in-law (and a great sous chef) and that she was a great Grandma Marie to Ryan and Quinn. Marie was such a positive role model and she was so inclusive. She made all the Wheelers feel like an integral part of the “Calgary Clarkes.” She was a winner!
    Love, Bill and Lola

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  13. Chaine des Rotisseurs Calgary :

    Dear Clarke family,
    It is with heart felt sympathy that we wish the entire Clarke family sincere condolences on behalf of all the members of the Calgary Chaine. Marie will be remembered by so many members that shared so many good evenings with food, wine and comaraderie. Our prayers are with you.
    Sincerely, Chaine des Rotisseurs – Calgary Chapter

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  14. Dear Lisa, Gary, Paul, and Lori,

    My condolences to you on the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. I am very glad that I got to visit with her when I was in Calgary in July 2012. I am thinking of all of you.

    Sincerely,
    Erik Bakke
    Ellensburg, WA

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  15. Mel Shannon :

    Please excuse my failure to attend the funeral service. I was not aware of the death or service until I received and read an e-mail message from Chief Justice Wittman. It was then too late to get to it. I should have been there. She was a dear friend and a beautiful lady.

    You have my sincere condolences.

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