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NEGROPONTES, Leslie Marilyn

July 29, 1942 – Vulcan, AB
February 19, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Playful. Generous. Intelligent. Courageous. Voice-of-reason. Remarkable. Elegant. Gracious. Beautiful. Steadfast friend. Adventurous traveler. Savvy businesswoman. Culinary magician. Costume designer. Resilient leader. Comforter. …these are just a few of the words used to describe Marilyn.

Leslie “Marilyn” Negropontes died peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014, from breast cancer at the age of 71 years. Predeceased by both parents, sister Nancy, and grandson Eli, Marilyn is survived by her husband Sandy, daughter Mary and her husband Rod, son Evan, daughter Jessie, grand-daughters Emma and Annika, sister Judy and brother Keith and their families, her first husband Chris, and countless loving relatives and devoted friends. She touched the lives of many people and will be greatly missed.

Born July 29, 1942, in Vulcan, Alberta, to Les and Kaye (nee Craig) Christensen, Marilyn spent the first part of her life in and around the town of Champion. That is where she learned to love the big blue sky of the prairie. The oldest of 4 siblings and many first cousins, she was a natural leader.

After a short time at the University of Alberta, she moved to Calgary where she married Chris Dann in 1962. Mary Kathleen and Christopher “Evan” were born soon thereafter. Marilyn married her second husband, Alexander “Sandy” in 1971, and gave birth to her third child, Jessica Alexandra a few years later.

Marilyn had several careers, in the corporate world. In addition to these she ran her own business with her sisters Judy and Nancy for several years. She was a generous volunteer, donating her time and skills to fellow cancer-patients in the Hope Group and Hospice Calgary, children with disabilities and their families at the Calgary Between Friends Club, and many circles of friends including book club, investment club, and the Pembina Hall friends group.

She never called herself an artist, but her creative instincts and stylish flair was noticed in everything she touched, from photography to food to interior decorating. She had a passion for textiles, and lovingly created clothing and gifts for many special occasions.

Marilyn’s deep love of travel and nature took her around the world. Among other great destinations, she visited mountain tops in the Rockies and toured India with the “Eight Canadian Mothers”, immersed herself in family history in Nova Scotia with Jessie, cruised the Mediterranean with Judy and Mary, traveled in the eastern US with Evan, explored Europe, Africa and South America with Sandy.

Following Marilyn’s wishes, there will be a private family service in early March. Any others who wish to remember Marilyn are invited to do something creative or generous in her honor; in that way, many sparks of beauty and goodness will be sent out into the world and we will all be a little bit better-off because she was here. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Marilyn Negropontes, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Patti-Anne Kay :

    I “know” Marilyn through her wonderful sister Judy. It will be a joy to honour Marilyn and those who love her so dearly in the planning and doing something creative or generous.
    Patti-Anne Kay

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  2. Dear Judy. I received your e-mail here in Toronto. My heart felt condolences go out to you. I am so sorry for your loss. This seems to be a time in our lives that we have to learn to be able to say goodbye to so many friends and family. We have to be able to allow them to continue on their journeys, while we are left to try to pick up the pieces earthly lives. Time helps but never enough to learn to live without the ones we love. God be with you. Love Sue

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  3. CRAIG ROSKIN and FAMILY :

    Wherever a beautiful soul has been,
    There is a trail of beautiful memories.

    Will always be remembered.
    Love,
    CRAIG, JOAN and Family
    XXOO

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  4. Allison Rennie :

    Too soon too soon
    Snow is falling snow on snow
    today
    I remember Marilyn smiling as the sky
    blue is clear and beautiful

    As you grieve and remember,
    I pray the Spirit’s presence is near and light
    as snow, and deep as love.

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  5. Carlyn and Brody :

    Jessie, we are sending you and your family lots of love. We would love to create something together at our next art session to send out into the world in recognition of your mom. A beautiful idea to honour a beautiful soul.
    Love,
    Carlyn and Brody

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  6. Sandy, Judy, Keith and Family
    Words cannot express, enough, the loss of such a beautiful person, our dear Cousin Marilyn. I express my deepest condolences to you all. Cherish the Memories for they will bring you smiles, laughs and tears, but will last forever.
    Love
    Cousin Ronald & Family (Hugs to all)

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  7. Walter and Ann Haessel :

    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of Marilyn’s family. She was a wonderful woman and we shared so much at the U of A and more recently as part of the Pembina Group. She will be greatly missed. She fought a good battle and is now at rest with no more chemo, pain and distress. Wonderful thoughts of our good times together with Marilyn and Sandy will live on forever. Thoughts go out to both Sandy and Jessie as you try to cope with this terrible loss, which came way too soon.

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  8. Sharon & Bill Dembicki :

    It was with great sadness that we heard the news about Marilyn’s passing. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you all.

    Marilyn was one of those special people that touch your heart and make you a better person for knowing her.

    She will continue to influence our lives through her gentle spirit. We will remember her with fondness and pass on her legacy of generosity and creativity.

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  9. Laura & Brian Kaminski :

    Our deepest & sincerest sympathies Evan to you & your family on the loss of your mother.

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  10. We are all very sad to hear of Marilyn’s passing. Please know that our thoughts are with you and your family. She was a beautiful lady, and will be missed by everyone .

    With Sympathy,
    The Lang family (Selma, Darren & Deb, Sandra & Les and family)

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  11. Dave and Elaine Palmer :

    Sandy:

    Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of Marilyn. She was a vibrant, energetic wife and mother and while we knew her for only a short time she made a great impression on us. While your life will change now, your happy memories of your life together will remain forever. Remember those wonderful times you shared with her to get you through this most difficult time.

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  12. Sandy,
    Dianne emailed me the information on Marilyn. We want to offer our condolences to you and Jessie and the rest of the family. We are so happy that you had such a wonderful life together and memories that can be treasured forever. It is a devastating time for everyone but it is amazing the strength that comes from within to carry on. I only met Marilyn once or twice in the 80’s when she did some glass work for us at the Chateau Airport. What a wonderful woman. You were so lucky.

    Keep strong.
    Juanita

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  13. Allison Fieldberg :

    Dear Jessie,

    I am so saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. I have wonderful memories of spending time with your mom at your house. She was truly a generous, intelligent, dynamic woman. Please give my love to your family. A huge hug to you.

    Love and prayers,
    Allison

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  14. To Sandy, Mary, Evan, Jessie, it was so sad to read that you have lost such a wonderful Wife and Mother. Heaven is very lucky. Marilyn was my strength when I lost my dear Shawn. Again God Bless the Family and Marilyn.
    God Bless Joyce Whitney

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  15. Jessie,

    I remember our meal at Community here on the Upper West Side not that long ago and what engaging, meaningful conversation we fell into almost immediately. It was the first time I had properly met your mom, but she made me feel so special. I remember her saying ‘I’m so glad that it was just the two of us who came, Jessie. That way we got more time with Sara!” I remember how she listened with love and compassion to my stories about my work and my students, and I remember trading book suggestions and helping you to make plans for the rest of your visit. I have always been so thankful for you in my life, Jessie, and I’m so thankful that I knew your mom and had that evening with her. Sending you lots of love and peace, Sara (and Joel, too)

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  16. Sandy, my sincerest condolences to you and your family. I often think of the many dinners and outings I shared with you and Marilyn. Marilyn was a very special lady and I am honoured to have known her and to witness the impact she had on her family and everyone she came in contact with. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.
    Robert Whitney

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  17. Suzanne Jackett :

    Sandy, Jessie & family,

    I was so, so saddened to hear of Marilyn’s passing. She will be truly missed by so many…not the least of which is you guys and the rest of your family. Marilyn gave so much to so many and I will never forget her wisdom, guidance and strength. From her time on the board at Between Friends in the 80’s, to our most recent interaction, post flood last June, Marilyn was always there for me to support and inspire. I feel blessed to have had the privilege to know her and each of you. Please take care of yourselves and each other.

    Suzanne

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  18. Doreen & Jack Sandercock :

    Dear Sandy and family
    We were so saddened to hear of your loss. Marilyn was such a vibrant, interesting and caring soul. She will be missed by so many. Our sincere condolences to all.
    Doreen & Jack

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  19. Betty Walker :

    My condolences to the family on the death of your wonderful mother. May you find peace in your memories. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by many.

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  20. Kathleen Bancroft :

    Sandy,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. I have fondest memories of Marilyn. I remember most her accepting nature and kind heart. I also have fond memories of her sharing stories of her family, whom she loved so much, in my parents dining room.

    I hope everyday gets a little easier and you take care in the upcoming months. Know my family is here for you for anything you need.

    Much Love

    Kathleen xo

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  21. Gillian Amies :

    Sandy, I would like to offer my condolences to you and your family on the death of Marilyn. I only met her twice in Olds in 1970/71 and thought what a wonderful person she was then, and how well suited you were for each other. I am pleased that you had a wonderful, long and happy life together. The photo above shows that she radiates love and you can only do that if you have been in a happy relationship.. Blessings to you and the family. Gill

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