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MARTIN, Alana Dianne (nee Oelrich)

September 9, 1955 – October 30, 2011

“Dancing with the Stars, Flying with the Angels”

It is with great sorrow that the family of Alana Martin announce her passing on Sunday, October 30, 2011. Alana was a wife, mother, grandmother, friend but most of all a person who touched many lives through her kindness and genuine caring.

She was known for her deep respect of people and was a friend to many. Alana was not afraid to take risks and met life with open arms. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. Alana fulfilled her life by being around her family. She loved camping, golfing, gardening and making wonderful meals with her husband. Alana travelled the world experiencing different cultures. She was compassionate, empathic, courageous and had an amazing sense of humour.

Alana will be lovingly remembered and missed by her husband Randy Martin with whom she was happily married to for twenty-nine years. Alana is survived by her son Dereck (Heather) who sports an amazing sense of humour, her daughter Lindsay who has inherited her mom’s sensitive spirit and her granddaughter Nikita with whom she had a very close and special bond, sisters Cheryll McInnes and Shannon (Ray)Knight, brother Rodney (Laurie) Oelrich.

Alana was predeceased by her parents Effie and Albert Oelrich.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Glen Eagles Golf and Country Club (100 GlenEagles Drive, Cochrane, AB), on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Metis Calgary Family Service, 352 Sunvale Dr. SE, Calgary, Alberta T2X 2P1, Telephone: (403)240-4642 or Alberta Children’s Hospital, 2888 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, Alberta T3B 6A8, Telephone: (403)955-7211.

In living memory of Alana Martin, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. Shauna Pelletier :

    My deepest condolences to Alana’s family, she was truly an amazing woman. I’ve knew Alana for 9 years when my 1st daughter went to medicine wheel, and she was also there when my 2nd daughter went there as well. She is going to be missed dearly by everyone. She is now an angel to watch over her family and everyone who loved her. Prayers to her husband and children and grandchild.
    Shauna, Larissa and Savannah Pelletier

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  2. Marsha Flamond :

    It saddened my family & I deeply to hear of the passing of Alana. Our deepest sympathy for her family. It is truly a great loss for all who knew her. We met Alana 9 years ago, when she was the Parent Liaison for Medicine Wheel Early Learning Center. Both of my children went there and she helped us out in so many ways. She was there for us, when we suffered a great loss. She spent many hours with us at that time. She also helped us with getting a house through Habitat for Humanity. The kind words she said in her letter of recommendation about us were greatly appreciated. She helped with the building of our house putting in a hard day of work on her own time away from her family. She also helped with getting my husband employment at Metis Calgary Family Services when she mentioned to him that there was a position that needed to be filled. He did the rest. That job helped him heal from the passing of his mother. She was always there for us. Alana was truly a great lady and she will be missed. My prayers & heart are with the Martin Family.

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Alana was a wonderful friend to many people including myself. She was such a great role model and I learned alot from her. I am thankful that she was a part of my life and that I had a chance to visit with her before she left. She was very proud of her family and talked about you all the time. My prayers are with you…
    Kathy and Alexis

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  4. I met Alana when my son Jake went to the Little Turtles preschool. I found Alana to be a mother hen , she always was there to listen to and we used to talk about traveling and her going to the UK. When I heard the news I was deeply upset, RIP Alana. You will be greatly missed, I currently reside back in the UK now having moved back 2 years ago, you were an amazing women and loved by everyone that knew you. Rest in peace, love always from Bev Smith in the uk across the miles xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  5. Gary Rathwell :

    Dear Randy, Derek, Lindsay and family,

    Please know you have all been in my heart for the past two months. Alana was a wonderful niece, I will miss the good times we shared together, most recently, this past summer.

    You are in my thoughts. Try to cherish those special moments you shared with her (somehow, it will be those moments) that will carry you through.

    Alana is on her journey, and I know she is flying high, over some mountain top!

    Much love,

    Uncle, Gary

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  6. Cecile Calliou :

    On behalf on the Calliou Family we send our deepest condolences to Alana’s family and loved ones. Alana will be missed in our community. Alana worked for INUWIN program yrs. back in Cochrane and the youth and our own children loved her. Her and I went to UofC together. We travelled in many of the same circles together. Our prayers are with you all and we miss our friend!

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  7. It is truly a surprise to find out that Alanna passed away. She and I attended University of Calgary and graduated in 2001. My condolences to her husband, children and grandchild. Alanna was a wonderful, caring and vibrant woman who could light up a room with her smile and personality.
    Love and Peace, Barb Remple

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  8. Lori Anne Houle :

    Alana you have truly touched the lives of so many … the memories of our girlfriend trips, San Fran, Chicago, and the cottage in the Rockies I hold close to my heart, we laughed & teased, and your compassion for others words cannot describe. I will never forget the Double Rainbow and the seven dwarfs. I will miss you.
    I know you are that Angel that will always be there guiding Lindsay, Dereck your children and your most precious gifts and at this time ask the creator to comfort Randy and the kids with LOVE and your spirit.

    Rest in Peace my Dear friend
    Lori

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  9. Metis Calgary Family Services :

    On Behalf of Metis Calgary Family Services Ke Mama Nnanik, It is with tremendous sadness that we remember our friend Alana; you have been a part of our family showing kindness & friendship to all, your loving warmth to families and children was unconditional, you were like a mom to many.. with that your memory will always be a part of everyone. Our deepest condolences & prayers to the Martin Family at the loss of your mom and Loving wife, our friend & colleague Alana, we will miss you, always a part of our memories.
    ” Time for me to go now, I won’t say good bye.
    Look for me in the rainbows, way up in the sky.
    In the morning sunrise, when all the world is new.
    Rest in Peace Alana, we will never forget you.

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  10. RIP my friend it is great loss to the family, her friends and the community. Alana and I have been friends for many years since she was still living in Medicine Hat. I truly believed that God would hear our prayers and heal her but it was not to be. Now we only have the many fond memories she left behind, She will not be forgotten, my prayers and thoughts to the family.

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  11. Allyson Sterling :

    I am so sorry to hear of your passing. You touched the lives of me and my children through our time at Ke Mama Nnanik and Medicine Wheel. My heartfelt condolences to your family.

    Allyson, Jack, Colton and Natalie

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  12. Gloria Paulet :

    A bright light may have been extinguished but she has left a beautiful bright light within all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  13. We are not able to express our sadness enough, and our words can never begin to reflect the true essence of Alana’s spirit in this world. We do however catch a glimpse of her magic in the smiles and laughter of our memories with her. In this place her spirit continues to warm and touch our hearts. An astonishing lady in life, we are so proud to have known her during her quest of joy for the world. Somehow she has managed to achieve mortality beyond her physical being through the grace of her footsteps amongst us on our mother earth. If you know Alana, then you know that of which we speak.
    Many more children and their families lives are enriched today because of Alana’s gifts…

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  14. Isabelle Adams-Modien :

    My deepest condolences to Randy, Lindsay, Nikita and Dereck. Alana is a special woman forever leaving an indelible mark on my heart. Sending love and prayers for your journey with the Creator… as we spoke about so many times before. Till we meet again my friend!! xoxoxo

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  15. Lori Durdle (Lutz) :

    Words can’t come close to expressing how deeply sad I am. My heart and prayers go out to Randy and the kids.

    Love Lori

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  16. My condolences to the entire family. What an amazing and inspiring woman. Her spirit will live on through the inspiration she provided her family.
    Much Love
    ARae

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  17. The McGillis Family :

    We would like to send out our love, strengh and prayers to Randy, kids, and the family. As well as to everyone Alana has touched in her life. We just wanted to say that you are so special to our family and we will never forget the support, hope and strengh you brought to us Thank-You Alana it was turly an honor.

    My daughter asked to smudge for you this morning we did. I would like to leave with this message from my daughter to you. She said as the smoke started to rise “I’ll miss you Alana Bannana I loved running around crazy with you.” You well forever be in our hearts. Sincerely Cody Amy Thomas
    and Marissa

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  18. Jeannette Hansen :

    My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to Randy, Dereck, Lindsay and Nikita; Alana will be deeply missed by all of us who knew her. She was a true friend, full of life, adventure and laughter. We shared many adventures over the thirty plus years we knew each other and although my heart is breaking, I know you are free of pain and at peace among the angels. Love you forever my friend, Jeannette.

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  19. Alana and I met in London, a city she really enjoyed. We worked together but despite our age difference we hit it off as friends from the very beginning. I couldn’t think of anybody who wouldn’t get on with Alana, she was and will be one of the kindest and loving persons I have ever met. I have so many lovely memories I hold dear. All my deepest sympathy to you Randy, Cheryl, Lindsay, Dereck and Nikita.

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  20. GLENDA SCHNEIDER :

    alana: thanks for the memories and the talks we had when we walked.. love you forever

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  21. I want to pass on my deepest sympathies to you Randy, Dereck & Lindsay. Alana was an amazing woman that I don’t think anyone will ever forget! My heart is absolutely broken. I’m so proud she was and will always be such a great role model for Nikita.

    Rest in peace Alana
    Anne-Marie

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  22. Jennifer Houle :

    To Randy, Lindsay, Derek and Nakita

    Im so sorry. Alana was a beautiful, funny, caring and passionate woman. She helped me along my life’s journey with her words and kindness. She will forever be missed but through her work she has touched countless lives in a positive way. Alana I am thankful to have had a chance to know you in this life. May your sorrowful hearts be comforted by the Lord Jesus in this difficult time. Amen

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  23. My deepest sympathies are with Alana’s family. We have been blessed to have had Alana in our lives,
    My thoughts are with you.
    Jackie and Sage

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  24. Andrea Gewessler :

    I only knew Alana for a short time while she was working in London. But even in that short time-span she impressed me with her warmth, empathy and passion for her work with family practitioners. Through her kindness and compassion which has impressed those who met her she will live on in our hearts and our actions. Rest in Peace Alana.

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  25. Jody Lee Blomquist :

    My deepest condolences go out to the family. Alana was such a cheerfull caring person who I had a awesome friendship with and spent an amazing christmas with a while back she will always be in my thoughts RIP

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  26. louann pinay :

    I just got the news today, you were and still are an angel that showed me and my children so much in life. You open my eyes to my first healing camp thank you for all you have done wishing upon you and many blessing for your family.

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