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D’ARCY, Patricia Louise

June 22, 1926 – Ft. Worth, TX
July 23, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Patricia Louise D’Arcy, of Calgary and Rancho Mirage CA, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the age of 88 years.

Patti was born in Ft. Worth Tx on June 22, 1926. She graduated from the Will Rogers High School in Tulsa Ok. and the University of Tulsa in 1949 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She was married to Jerry D’Arcy in 1948, in Tulsa Oklahoma. The D’Arcy’s moved to Calgary in 1955. They had two children, Dr. Clyde D’Arcy of Parker, CO and Rebecca D’Arcy Wyatt of Parker CO and Rancho Mirage CA Throughout her life, she maintained a great love for education and the arts, philanthropically supporting many organizations, projects and scholarships in Canada and the United States. She was an avid supporter of Women in Need Society and sponsored a charity golf tournament to support that organization for many years at the D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club in Okotoks.

She was past President of the Children’s Hospital Aid Society in Calgary. The Patti and Jerry D’Arcy Presidential Scholarship was established at the University of Tulsa in 2001 to provide merit-based scholarships to entering freshmen. Patti loved her dogs. Winston and Walker were along on the first trips to California in the seventies, followed by Penny, Annie and recently Archie. All were her constant companions in both Rancho Mirage and Calgary. She was an avid golfer and bridge player and a member of the Calgary Golf and Country Club and The Springs Country Club for many years. She enjoyed attending the annual Oilman’s Golf Tournament in Banff and Jasper for many years. One of the highlights of Patti’s life was entertaining Queen Elizabeth at the Calgary Stampede. She also enjoyed participating as a Past President’s wife of the Calgary Stampede.
She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Jerry D’Arcy of Calgary; and her mother and father, Blanchard and Madge Belknap of Tulsa OK.

Patti is survived by a son, Dr. Clyde G. D’Arcy and his wife Toni and their triplets, Jeremiah, Mattie and Morgan of Parker CO; Rebecca D’Arcy Wyatt and her husband Jim Wyatt and their son Adam, of Parker CO and Rancho Mirage CA, and step-daughter Jessica Wyatt of Santa Rosa, CA.; her cousin Paul Brown and his wife Julia from Texas.

A Celebration of Patti’s life with be held at McInnis & Holloway, (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday July 28, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Women in Need Society, #1 3525 26th Ave SE Calgary T2B2M9 www.womeninneed.net

In living memory of Patti D’Arcy, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Michael and Carol Mannas and Family :

    Patty was one of our favourite people of all time. She was kind and gracious and we will miss her as our neighbour forever. We learned how to name dogs from she and Jerry and in fact she gave us our first dog as a wedding present. Guinness and Jameson, Kavanagh, Walsh and Neuman and Carol and I will miss her without end.
    So Very Sorry For your Loss
    Best Regards
    Mike and Carol

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  2. Stephanie Hart :

    We are so sorry to hear of Patti’s passing. We loved her very much and will miss her greatly. Mostly, I will miss talking to her. I admired her so much – I’m really sad.

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  3. On behalf of myself and the Springs Country Club membership and staff, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this wonderful woman.

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  4. Jackie Walsh :

    It was always my honor to be included in a golf foursome with Patti at The Springs. Although she was far superior in her level, she was always more than gracious–and, also, a great teacher. I admired her courage in the past years coping with her illness. Her outlook during this time was one that would always be admired. My prayers are with her family at this difficult time. Jackie Walsh

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  5. Clyde, Becky, and your families. I was saddened to hear about your mother’s passing. She was such an elegant and gracious lady. It is hard for me to remember a time before the D’arcys and Finns became such close friends. I will always cherish the memories of your mother and the many special occasions we spent together.

    Unfortunately I am in California now and will not be back in Calgary in time to celebrate your mother’s life with you on Monday. She will however, be in my thoughts and prayers.

    My sincere condolences,

    John Finn

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  6. My Sympathy to you all. Patty was a beautiful person and I enjoyed her at Spring CC. She was always kind and fun to be with. Bless you all as you live your lives. Sincerely, Sue Turner Mannos

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  7. Genia and Mary Boulware :

    Becky, Clyde and Family…My Mother and I just tonight learned about Patti…Even tho Mom is in an extended care home and has memory problems she immediately remembered her good buddy and close friend Patti and all the wonderful get togethers and golf games they managed before failing health. Esp. after they both lost the most amazing husbands they became closer. Our families were so much a part of each others lives in business and socially in their early days in Calgary (being from Texas and Louisiana) and later in the Desert. I know my Father and Jerry respected each other and worked hard together on the Stampede Board, in business and on Calgary’s Transportation Board along with many others.
    I Know Mom and Mrs. D. up until this last year and due to failing health for both loved their lunches and so did I with her good friend and care giver, Joan, who is so special and loving!
    For me growing up, your family and our close neighbours, the Finns, Appaloosa horse breeders were the reason I became a horse person when Mr. D., who was also a very well respected breeder of Quarter Horses in Alberta, Percy Smith and my Dad worked a deal to make my first horse happen… little Appaloosa, Lolly Pop, who Becky had cherished as a young girl and then I. They told me Jerry had traded a water trove to Finn for her…not sure how true that story was but I love it.
    I became an Animal Health Tech much due to the help/reference of this great family and on that road worked with a local Vet and Claude as a student Vet to achieve this career.
    I and my family are forever grateful for being a part of the amazing times and lives of Jerry and Patti.
    I am out of town and hope to make the Memorial but if not please accept my Mother’s and my best and love to you all!
    Mary Boulware

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  8. Gary and Robin Williams :

    We are sorry for the loss of Rebecca’s mom. God rest her soul. She leaves behind a life time of memories in everyone’s hearts. She will be missed by all her family and friends.

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  9. To Clyde, Becky, and your families–
    Patti and I were friends for more than 50 years. Although I left Calgary long ago, we stayed in touch, and her bright humor remained a part of my life. We spoke together last on our shared birthday this June. I wanted you to know how deeply I regret your loss and how greatly I will miss her, too.

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  10. Laura Brinkerhoff Palmer :

    Clyde, Becky and families–

    Sincere condolences on the loss of your mother/grandmother — a lovely lady, a caring person, a good friend to my family. She shall be missed! Blessings to you all at this difficult time.

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  11. Wm. (Bill) B. Robertson, Town of Okotoks :

    On behalf of Okotoks Town Council and staff, I would like to share our deepest condolences on the recent loss of Patricia Louise D’Arcy. It is our sincere hope that you will find comfort in your memories and strength in the support from others during this time of hardship. The D’Arcy Ranch legacy left to our community from Jerry and Patti D’Arcy will be forever remembered!

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