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DANCER – Clara (nee McKenzie)

March 25, 1935 – January 26, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Clara Dancer (nee McKenzie) of Calgary, at the age of 75 years.

She is survived by her loving husband Ron of thirty-nine years; her step-sons, Brent Dancer (Gayle) and Blair Dancer (Michele); her step-daughter Carole Yorke (Derek); her grandchildren, Teresa Hunt (Graham), Justin and Alison Yorke; her sisters, Grace Haiduga (Joe) and Leona Longden (Bert); her nieces, Linda Longden (Frank), Judy Longden (Jason Grant), Ruth Schnell (Harold) and JoAnne Letkeman (Steven); and numerous other nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was predeceased by her three brothers, Walter, Robert and Morris; and her parents Clark and Minnie McKenzie.

Clara was born in Fernie, BC but spent most of her life in Calgary where she worked for thirty-four years at AGT and ended her career as Manager of Business Accounts in 1987. During retirement, she and Ron actively pursued their joint passion for antiques, participating for many years as dealers at Antique Shows throughout Alberta, where they developed a large community of friends and acquaintances. Clara also enjoyed traveling with Ron but was just as happy to be at home where they enjoyed beautifying their yard and garden together, visiting with neighbours and friends.

Clara and Ron met while curling at the Winter Club, and she continued to be active at the Club for many years. In her life, she taught Sunday school, led Girl Guide groups, cared for her unwell Mother, and gave of herself with great generosity to all her friends and family. She will be remembered as a person who loved and encouraged others. She lived cheerfully and shared her smile and sense of humour with everyone.

Clara will be greatly missed, and always loved by those who knew her.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, February 7, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. A private family Graveside Service will be held at Queen’s Park Cemetery Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Clara’s honour may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566 – 5864.

In living memory of Clara Dancer, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296

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  1. Dennis & Leah Nate :

    Our deepest sympathy to Ron and Family.
    It is with a VERY sad heart we have lost a friend and caring neighbour. We will miss her very much.
    Love & Blessings
    Dennis & Leah Nate

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  2. Lynn and Richard Praud :

    Very Sorry Ron. She was a very special lady, and we always enjoyed seeing you both at the Antique shows. We’re thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Lynn and Richard

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  3. Liz Halladay & Mary Kollars :

    We will miss our back yard conversations with Clara. She always gave me inspiration and a good laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

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  4. Al & Veronica Stanton :

    Our sincerest sympathies at your loss.

    Al & Veronica Stanton.

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  6. My most sincere sympathy on your loss Ron. You and the community have lost a fine lady. I always admired your joint companionship and appreciate all your support to the Auctioneers Association of Canada. You never missed a convention even when we met in NF. Regards Al.

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  7. Patsy Osselton :

    Dear Ron and family,
    I am so shocked and sad to hear of Clara’s passing.

    I have lifelong memories of Clara from when we were kids growing up in Fernie, to running into her when I came to Victoria,to finding her at the Fernie reunions, and our visits when you came to Victoria in recent years.

    Actually, I believe it was always Clara who found me. She had a way of making friends and keeping them, regardless of the years between. She has often been in my thoughts and even though we seldom met up I will miss the prospects of another gabfest to reminisce and enjoy her positive outlook.
    She was a great gal.

    Please accept my sincere sympathy in your loss.
    Patsy Osselton (and Chris)

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  8. To Ron, Carole, Brent and Blair,

    My thoughts are with you at this time. I wish you all peace in time.


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  9. 55 plus sectiion of the Calgary Winter Club :

    Your friends at the Winter Club send sincere thoughts of sympathy at this sad time. Memories of Clara are dear to us all.

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