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FAHRNER – Mildred (Mickie)

March 15, 1920 – June 1, 2010

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mildred (Mickie) Fahrner on Tuesday June 1, 2010 at the age of 90 years.

Mickie was born in Northumberland, England, the daughter of Daniel Clarke and Eileen Stevenson. She attended Cambridge University and studied psychology under the eminent Professor Bartlett. She joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) at the start of World War II in 1939, achieving the rank of Sergeant. Mickie was responsible for the psychological testing of Air Force recruits arriving in the UK from Commonwealth and Allied Countries and assigning them to their duties. During this time, she met and fell in love with a Canadian soldier, and on June 4, 1943 she married Philip Marsh Scott of Kneehill Valley, AB in Edinburgh, Scotland. Sadly, Philip was killed at the Battle of Ortona, Italy in December 1943. Mickie came to Canada in 1944 toward the end of the WWII, via a convoy ship loaded with soldiers and POWs, eluding German U-boats as they crossed the North Atlantic. She settled on the Scott Family farm in Kneehill Valley. In 1948, she met John Campbell Fahrner, of Banff, Alberta through a shared interest in the showing of Collie dogs. Cam and Mickie were married on July 5, 1949 and spent their honeymoon at Lake O’Hara; which became one of their favorite places to hike and they returned regularly for many years. Cam worked for Calgary Power (TransAlta) and the family lived in a number of beautiful locations, including Ghost Dam, Seebe, the Kananaskis and Spray Lakes; finally settling in Calgary in 1964. Mickie was involved in volunteer activities throughout her life, including Pastoral Care and the CNIB (reading for visually impaired U of C students). She enjoyed gardening and loved spending time with her four grand-daughters. In the last few years she was able to realize her life-long interest in travel by going with her daughter on several cruises in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean; and made numerous trips to Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, where she loved to walk the beaches.

Mickie will be lovingly remembered by her friends and family; daughter Pamela (Ted) Simper of Okotoks; son Ian (Merry Jill Milne) Fahrner of Calgary; four granddaughters ; Jennifer and Meghan Simper and Alissa and Jacqueline Fahrner; her sister Esme Palmer and the Clarke Family (England), the Scott Family and the Corbett Family. She was pre-deceased by Cam, her beloved husband of almost 60 years, and her brother George Clarke (England). Mickie will be remembered for her zest for life, strong spirit, determination, sense of fun and loving nature – she was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Barnabas’ Anglican Church (1407 – 7th Avenue N.W.) on Friday , June 11, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email or to S.T.A.R.S. (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society), Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 8M7 Telephone: (403) 295-1811,

In living memory of Mickie Fahrner, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Pam, Ian and families. I don’t know if you remember me but my name was Betty Whitnack and we lived directly across the street from your family on Coleridge Road. My deepest sympathies on your loss. Both your mom and dad were such nice people — always greeted you with a smile and genuinely interested in what was happening in your life. I was just thinking of them in the last week and was wondering how they were doing. Again, my deepest condolences. Betty

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  2. Jean Kehler :

    Hi Pam and Ian

    I was just young when I knew your family, but I always remember your mom as being very adventurous, really nice and special to those around her. I will be thinking and praying for you and your families.
    Jeannie Flemming-Kehler

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  3. Mary and Roy Cook :

    To Pamela and family: It was with sadness that my husband and I read of your mom’s passing. Mrs. Fahrner was a lovely and gracious woman. We always enjoyed our visits together with her and Cam. She was so interested in everybody and was always so thoughtful and appreciative. May you take great comfort in the wonderful memories you must have of both your parents. Lives well lived!! Thinking of you…Mary and Roy

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  4. Nancy & John Dicey and Family :

    Sorry to read that Mickie had died. She and Cam were of great help to us in the Calgary Canoe Club when we were starting the Banff to Calgary Canoe Races back in the sixties and Calgary Power were in no mood to permit access by the Bow river through ‘their’ land. Cam and Mickie enabled them to see the light and they became our friendly connection for many years. God Bless.

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  5. Tammy & Jean Cruickshank :

    Dearest friend Pam – Mom & I are so saddened by the prematue loss of Mickie; we had such enthusiasm for another cruise after her pending hip replacement. We treasure attending the great gathering for her 90th B-Day at Fish Creek Park & will always have great memories of the 4 of us cruising together.

    Thinking of you & the family & wishing you kinder times. Will see you soon my friend.
    Tammy & Jean

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  6. Richard & Cheryl Whitnack :

    Pam and Ian,

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. It was very interesting to read her story as presented in the obituary. It’s surprising what you don’t know about someone and what interesting lives they lead. Our condolences to you and your families. Unfortunately we will be unable to attend the funeral but will be thinking of you and your recent loss.

    Richard & Cheryl Whitnack

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  7. Kristine Reid :

    Dear Pam and Ian,

    I only knew your mom from the perspective of a child so it was wonderful to read the warm and loving story of her life…. what a delightful read and how proud you must be for her sense of adventure and courage.

    I recall a sleepover and how amazed I was that your dad took the time to set the table for breakfast before we went to bed. When I asked why, he said it was to make it easier for your mom in the morning.

    Some moments will be tough, but the warm memories are a wonderful gift when those moments come.

    With sympathy and fond regards,
    Kristine Reid

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  8. Kristine Reid :

    in sympathy

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  9. Willy and Johan Goossen :

    In sympathy. We’ll remember Mrs. Fahrner as the very well respected wife of Mr. Fahrner and the mom of Ian and Pamela and the grandma of the grandchildren. We visited the family during June 1988 with Koen and Vera. Thinking of you all…
    Willy and Johan Goossen, Tiel, Netherlands

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