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.Print This Obituary & Condolences