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OLLERENSHAW, Marjorie Charlotte (nee Sinton)

January 26, 1921 – January 24, 2012

Marjorie Charlotte Ollerenshaw, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 just two days prior to her 91 birthday.

Marjorie will be deeply missed by her daughter June (Claude), her son Robert and her grandchildren Brittany, Justin and Caleb. Sadly she was predeceased by her loving husband of 46 years Fred Ollerenshaw; her parents, Grace and Norval Sinton of Airdrie; her sister, Virginia (Edgeron) Davies and brother Don (Pauline) Sinton.

Marjorie and her siblings Virginia and Donald were raised on the family farm near Airdrie, AB where her father Norval Sinton had acquired a ¼ section of land in 1919 through the Soldier’s Settlement Board after the First World War. The three young children attended the Goldenrod School that was located 1.5 miles south of the farmstead and consisted of Grades 1 to 9. Marjorie continued her education by pursuing her Grade 10-12 courses at Central High School in Calgary in order to complete her senior matriculation. Marjorie had always wanted to become a nurse and enrolled into the nursing program at the Calgary General Hospital following her high school graduation. She graduated with honors and was awarded the gold medal for “highest general proficiency in nursing”.

Marjorie began her career as a surgical nurse in the Operating Rooms at the Calgary General. She decided to continue her post-graduate training at the Colonial Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Here she worked on innovative surgical procedures with physicians from the world-renowned Mayo Clinic for a period of 18 months. She gained much excellent experience in Rochester and then returned to the position of Head Supervisor of the Operating Rooms at the Calgary General Hospital for a period of ten years.

Marjorie Sinton and her future husband Fred Ollerenshaw originally met each other at the Full Gospel Church on 14th Avenue S.W. in Calgary. She was most impressed by his variety of interests ranging from farming and ranching, singing Barbershop, playing the trumpet, riding motorcycles to flying recreational aircraft. They dated for approximately one year and were married at the Full Gospel Church on 10 April 1951. After a brief honeymoon to Red Deer and Edmonton, they settled into a small three room house located on Section 24 which Fred purchased just a few miles S.E. of Section 33 where he was raised.

Marjorie loved creating vegetable and colorful flower gardens in the yard where she spent many an afternoon admiring her handiwork from the small covered porch at the rear of the house. The creation of her working garden now became her focus while transitioning from a career in nursing to that of being a mother and wife. Both her children, June and Robert were raised on this homestead and grew up surrounded by the love and continuing support of their parents.

In 1958 Fred purchased the adjacent Section 23 lands that are now home to the Ollerenshaw Ranch. Marjorie and Fred worked tirelessly as they built up his farming and ranching operations by acquiring more additional farmland nearby and increasing his cattle herd. In 1973, Marjorie and Fred moved their family to Calgary.

Marjorie became involved with many associations during her lifetime including the General Hospital Nurses Alumni, Rangeview Ladies Club, Calgary Opera Guild, Women’s Ministries and Christian Women’s Club. The church was an important part throughout her life and she has lived her years in honour and service of her God.

The pursuit of education was a passion for Marjorie by encouraging young people to become well educated and productive in their lives. She also loved to entertain and would host untold bridal and baby showers for her many friends throughout her life. She wished for every young woman that she knew to be honored and celebrated at these important junctures in their lives.

Throughout her life, she had taught that wisdom is the proper use of knowledge and to make decisions that are guided with wisdom and tempered with patience. She has contributed so very much to her husband, children, grandchildren and the many friendships she nurtured throughout her life. She had a wonderful sense of decency, integrity, compassion and loyalty as well as a strong commitment to family, friends and community.

Marjorie and her family would like to acknowledge the numerous devoted friends who have stood by and supported her as her health declined during the past few years.

The family is also profoundly grateful to Marjorie’s primary caregiver, Chantel Howard who devoted her love and attention to her during the past eight years. We also wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to all the caregivers who provided care and support while Marjorie resided at her home on weekends including Kim and Sarah Wright, Vicki Davis, Grace Isidoro, Rose Bantog, Marilyn Van Sertima, Emily Fernandez and Calixta Pituc. The family also wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to the medical and nursing staff at the Beverly Centre and the Rockyview Hospital.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, February 2, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Memorial Services will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church (1009 – 15th Avenue S.W.) on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Kenneth Bombay of Brantford, ON officiating. Graveside Service to follow on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens at noon. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, tributes in Marjorie’s memory may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 2323 – 32 Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB. T2E 6Z3.

In living memory of Marjorie Ollerenshaw, 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. Ken & Audrey Belbin :

    Dear June and family, we are saddened to learn of your Mother’s passing on Tuesday. She was a wonderful inspiration to me. Her sweet personality and encouraging words were so timely and appreciated. She was a “Woman of Influence” in the truest sense. I am glad to have known her.
    May you remain in the grip of God’s Grace as you grieve, remember, release and rejoice in a life well lived. Much love, Ken & Audrey Belbin

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  2. Betty-Ruth Reimer :

    Dear June and family

    Thinking of you with sincere sympathy and prayer. Love Betty-Ruth

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  3. June, Claude, Rob and grandchildren:
    Ou deepest sympathy to all of you in the passing of a wonderful mother and grandmother. She is in the presence of the Lord and suffers no longer. Cherish the memories of the times together as a family. May God be your source of strength,peace and healing during this time as you grieve
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Psalm 23
    Jerry and Eileen Parson
    First Assembly

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  4. Rob and June, I got to know your mother in her later years and she was always so gracious in sharing her history and memories of the family and her married life. I know how precious she was to you both and the void her passing will leave. Hang on to all those wonderful memories and the values she taught the family – Linda Knight

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  5. Mary Ellen Erdman :

    June and Robert, I am so sorry to here about your Mum. Your family was such a big part of our lives…great neighbours, wonderful friends. Your Mum always supported me as I was heading into my nursing career. Take care. You are in my thoughts. Love Mary Ellen

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    Robert, June & Family

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. Although we are unable to attend on Friday, please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.


    Joellen Burston & Rayanna & David Tanner

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  7. Robert, June and family
    We were so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was a great neighbour and a true friend to our Mom. I have many fond memories of her as our families lives were entwined from the friendships we developed. I remember her gracious kindness and sincere interest in what was happening in our lives. My Mom loved their continued friendship that lasted by their outings with the Rangeland Ladies Club. The gift of our memories that God has given us will hold her close to your heart.
    Love Maria (Van Tighem) Lokos & family

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  8. Clare Beers and Tim Buehner :

    To the Family of Marjorie Ollerenshaw:

    Please accept our sympathy at this time.

    We knew Marjorie in the Calgary Opera Guild and always liked her wonderful outlook on life. Tim had some memorable conversations with her at that time. We all worked behind the scenes of the Calgary Opera baking, selling cakes, car raffle tickets, etc.

    Please know that Marjorie and her family will be in our thoughts and prayers at this time


    Clare and Tim

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  9. Olga Engfer, Dorothy and Sam Scarcelli :

    Rob, June and Family,
    We are saddened by the passing of your Mother. She was a special lady who was highly regarded by our family. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  10. Jim & Kelly Edwardson :

    Our most sincere condolances Rob & June. Marj was a wonderful and caring person who went out of her way to make life better for others. Our family has been blessed because of her and we know that she will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her.
    Blessings on you in your time of grief.
    Jim & Kelly Edwardson

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  11. Rhonda Patrick(nee Larsen) :

    So sorry to read of your Mother’s passing. She was a good friend to our family, especially my aunt Opal Richards. She was a bridesmaid to my Aunt Opal and the wedding picture hangs proudly on my wall. She was a beautiful woman who I remember well. Prayers and thoughts in your loss. Rhonda Patrick (nee Larsen)

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  12. Sherry & John Lundeen :

    Rob, June & Family,
    We were very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. She was a wonderful person and we very much enjoyed having her visit us in Atlanta for our wedding. Her yearly notes every Christmas were always so fun to read. It was clear to all how proud she was of her family. We will cherish the times we spent with her and remember fondly our trip to Calgary.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sherry & John

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  13. Bernie Patterson :

    Dear Robert:
    It is with great sadness that I learn of your mother’s passing. My condolences to you and your family.

    Bernie Patterson, currently living in Doha, Qatar

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  14. To the family of Marjorie Ollerenshaw,
    My condolences to you on the loss of Marjorie.
    I do not know your family but I usually look at the obituaries to see if there is someone I know. I noted that Marjorie went to the Goldenrod school. The Nose Creek Historical Society will be unveiling a plaque to mark the site of the school sometime this spring. If any of your family is interested in attending the unveiling, please contact me and I will let you know when the date will be.

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  15. To the Ollerenshaw family:
    Very sorry to hear of Marjorie’s passing.

    From all the Friesz’s

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  16. Russ and Patt Evans :

    Hi Rob,
    It has been many years since we were last able touched base. I was driving by the Ranch on Wednesday thinking I have to get in contact with you and saddened to learn later that day of your Mom’s passing.

    I know that Mrs O will be deeply missed by you, your family and all those who were close. Our thoughts are with you during your time of grief.
    Russ, Patt & Harry Evans

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  17. Bev & Ed Menteer :

    Dearest Rob and June,
    Ed and I were so sorry to learn about your mom’s passing… Your mom & dad were both remarkable. I enjoy remembering all the fun and past memories with all of you. Especially out on the farm feeding or petting your favorite “cow” Rob.. Your parents always made all your friends well welcomed and loved. They are now together, up in Heaven. Take care of each other. Love to you all.
    The Bowles-Menteer Family

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