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COATES, Merle (nee Partridge)

February 15, 1931 – March 25, 2012

Merle Coates, beloved wife of Doug Coates, of Calgary passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at the age of 81 years.

Merle was born in Penticton, BC and raised in Saltcoats, SK. She graduated from RGH School of Nursing and the University of Saskatchewan. Merle worked as a Registered Nurse at the Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary for twenty-five years. Merle always knew from a young age that she wanted to be a nurse. Her loving and caring nature made her wonderful in a profession in which she took great pride.

She loved music, and surrounded herself with it as often as possible. She had a beautiful singing voice, and was very talented at playing the piano.

She loved sports, playing golf, watching Flames hockey and was the #1 Roughriders fan.

She will be remembered for her positive outlook on life. She had the biggest heart, and she always shared it with others. She always found the good in everyone, and taught us to always look for the positives in life and in people.
She loved her family, and most of all her husband, and best friend Doug. She was loved by so many, and will be truly missed.

Besides her loving husband of fifty-seven years, Merle is survived by sons Byron Coates (Maria) and Bruce Coates (Cheryl); daughters Sandra Coates (Arnie) and Marni Coates (Herman); grandchildren, Laura, Nicole, Taylor, Rachael, Derek, Courtney and Brandon. She is also survived by her sisters Gloria Hacquoil (Frank), Betty McKinnon, and Lois Oliver and numerous nieces and nephews. Merle was predeceased by her parents, Hedley and Mary Partridge (nee Ritchie); sister Sheila Partridge and nephew Kent McKinnon.

If friends so desire, Memorial Tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112, www.diabetes.ca. or  directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

A Celebration of Merle’s life will be held in the Clubhouse at Watergrove Park (99 Arbour Lake Drive N.W.) on Friday, March 30, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A Celebration will also be held at Meadowgrove Farm and in Saltcoats, SK at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Merle Coates, 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. Gary & Marie-Anne Nason :

    We are so sorry to hear of Merle’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts go out to you Doug and all of your family.

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  2. Allyson & Michael Catanzaro :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at the difficult time.
    May she rest in peace.
    Allyson & Michael Catanzaro

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  3. Frank Cepero :

    I would like to offer my condolences to the Coates family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

    Much Love,

    Frank Cepero

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  4. Eva Drysdale and Linda Hackenschmidt (nee Ritchie) :

    Sincere sympathy and condolences to you Doug and all of your family.

    Thinking of you at this sad and difficult time.

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  5. Doug, Byran, Sandy, Marnie and Bruce

    I was shock to hear of Merle’s passing and I know how devastated you all must be. We are in Phoenix right now but my aunt Jean e-mailed me. I hope Merle didn’t suffer long and I know you all would have been there for her. Our families go back over 40 years of amazing times we shared.
    Merle always was smiling and so dedicated to her children. She is now smiling down on all of us……Myrna

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  6. Chuck & Wendy Denboer :

    To the entire Coates Family. Our condolences on the passing of a wonderful person. Chuck & Wendy Denboer

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  7. Dave and Toni-Ann (Sox) Petersen and the Sox family :

    Dearest Doug and family;We are so very sorry to hear of Merle’s passing. I know you all were very good friends of our family and our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this very difficult time.Our deepest sympathy. Dave and Toni-Ann (Sox) Petersen and the Sox family.

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  8. Dave Brown Family :

    Doug, Sandy, Byron, Marnie, Bruce – we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Merle (aka Mrs. Coates) and the Coates household was my home away from home during childhood. Merle (and Doug!) always exhibited warmth, dedication, humour and patience to a happy, healthy home and for that I have only fond memories.

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  9. Don & Barbara Safford :

    We are sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

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  10. Joanne Kuzyk, Scott VanBerkel :

    To Sandy and her family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  11. Joanne Coates :

    Mom & I want you to know our thoughts and hearts are with you Doug, Sandy, Marni, Byron & Brucie. Everyone loved Auntie Merle and we have shared many stories over the last few days that make one smile. She is one of the nicest people I have ever met.

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  12. Connie & Scott Bennett :

    Dear Byron & Family,

    May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

    “A mother is with us always, first in her lifetime, then forever in our memory”

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  13. Flo and Percy Friesen :

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to Doug, Bruce, Bryon, Marnie and Sandra and family. We wished we could be there in person with you at this time.
    Merle will always be remembered in our hearts – she always had a smile on her face whenever we met up with her. We hope she is smiling back at us today. We will miss her dearly.

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  14. Tim and Janice Charbonneau :

    Sandy, we are so sorry about your Mom. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  15. We were so sorry to learn of Merle’s passing. She will be sorely missed. We relish all the wonderful memories of the good times we shared. We wish we could have been with you for the celebration of Merle’s life, but health issues prohibit travel at this time. Our love is with you so that you can remain strong as that would be Merle’s wish.

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  16. Dawn Ruecker (Wright) :

    Byron, I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. My condolences to you and your family.

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  17. Mary-Jean Grant :

    So sorry to hear about your Mom, Byron and family, my thoughts are with you all.Mary-Jean (Oates) Grant

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