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PROULX-TURNER, Sharron Marguerite

April 21, 1953 – Metcalfe, ON
November 21, 2016 – Calgary, AB

Mother, Nokomis, aunty, sister, friend, poet, storyteller and teacher to the last, Sharron joined the ancestors, her mother Joan, sister Gail and son Steven, on November 21 at Rosedale Hospice in Calgary. In her last days, she spoke of her sense of peace and readiness, providing us some light for our journey without her. Originally from the Ottawa River Valley, Sharron made Calgary her home in 1973. Over the years, she raised two children, earned an MA in English, and has written six books. Writing remained a passion for her until the moment she completed her last manuscript in October. A proud two-spirit Métis woman, Sharron gave to her community generously as a teacher and leader, particularly of women and youth, and was a tireless social justice advocate. She had a fierce spirit, great humour (her smile lit up a room and a day), along with a wonderful gentleness, and a huge capacity for love.

Sharron will be missed by her children, Graham Angus, and Barb Horsefall (Harold); her grandchildren, Willow, Jessinia, Mazie-Anna, Ariston; as well as other family members and close relations, Paul and Connie, Aimée and Darwin, Alicia and Patrick, Joy and Kim, Faye and Brad, Anne and Phil, Ed, Phil, and Aruna. Her circle of relations was wide and inclusive; through Sharron, we have gained many friends and strong connections, near and far, and will miss her deeply.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Our particular gratitude goes to the staff at the Rosedale Hospice for their wonderful care of Sharron, family, and friends during these past weeks. Instead of sending flowers, please consider a donation to the Rosedale Hospice. https://hospicecalgary.thankyou4caring.org/

In the foreword to One Bead at a Time, Sharron writes: “Recently, I was diagnosed with end-stage liver cancer. . . This book may close my life. Life is story. I became involved with this project, not because I love impossible work but to give back to the Indigenous women and children whose stories so often go untold. . . .for my mothers and grandmothers before me, whose unspeakable sacrifices paved the way for me to be a writer. Thank you, Grandmothers. Thank you, Creator.”

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  1. Carole Therien & Georges Faucher :

    Sincere condolences to Sharron’s family and friends. Do not cry but rejoice in having know her.

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  2. I am so very sorry for your loss. Sharron was a gift to us all and I have been made better for knowing her.

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  3. She was so genuine. She will be missed.

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  4. My sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the family, my heart breaks for your great loss.
    Farewell my friend, your light will always shine brightly in my heart, and thank you for the footprints you left in my world.
    Kinanaskomitin

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  5. Bob, Fayeand michelle Beazley :

    I am blessed for knowing you and the light in my heart which i held for you will never die. Rest in the Lodge of the creator and let your spirit free.

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  6. Heart felt thoughts and prayers for Sharron and her family. I met both Graham and Sharron in different places though connected by writing and poetry. Thank you for always sharing the act of writing and in being true, loving and always kind. Prayers.. Love.

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  7. Sharron shone her light on so many and I will forever treasure her encouragement, fierce courage and love. My heart aches. I humbly offer my condolences, strength and prayers as you journey on. Peace

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  8. You will always be remembered and missed.

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  9. Janice Williamson :

    Sending love to all who knew and loved Sharon. The beautiful words that mark her passing remind me of how her memory and writing will endure…

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  10. Barb and Graham,
    Your Mom was one of my first instructors at Mount Royal, beginning my Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She was a true inspiration! As a mother, writer, and social justice warrior. Her fire, passion, and love still live in my heart, her legend will live on for a very long time. My heart goes to you and the rest of your family at this time.

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  11. May Love,blessings,wisdom, courage and faith be constants in your lives. Sharrons teachings continue on through many. She left a mark and had an impact on so many lives and in so many ways. I am grateful to have known her …with much love, strong songs and big hugs….stay blessed.
    Jane …She Who Walks With Animals

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  12. Thank you dear Sharron for your songs and teachings, for the beautiful ceremonies, in the summer grass and in the snow, and for the help and hope that you provided to so many, including me.

    My sincere condolences to your family and friends. May you travel well.

    Until we meet again. I will carry you in my heart until then.

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  13. Sharron with two r’s that what I would say when I greeted her from the softness in her voice her kind and supportive ways during my time in Calgary I will keep your books and the messages that they shared ever close transition time is never easy on those of us left behind we long for one more moment with you to share our respect and love for who you are and all that you represented Chi Miigwiich my sister my friend Bam528!

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  14. My sincere condolences to the family and close friends of Sharron, who I had the privilege of working with on her first book many years ago.
    I’m thrilled to know that she has completed a new book. If I can be of any help in getting it published, please contact me. I would be pleased to help in any way, in remembrance of a wonderful spirit.
    Barbara

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  15. Marjorie Beaucage :

    Good journey dear sister. Your beautiful legacy lives on in all you’ve touched as you walked amongst us. Kinanoskimitin.

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  16. Joanne Arnott :

    With thanks for our many years of friendship, missing your bright light and pure laughter
    Sending love to Barb, Graham, Joy, and all

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  17. I’m here sitting in a lovely ribbon shirt you made me (my first one), for the whole day and candle is lit some food offerings….Today I honor you..send condolences to your loved ones…you taught me so much even when preparing to leave us…

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  18. Shanti Guha-Thakurta :

    Graham, Barb, and families, I wish you sleep, love, and good memories at this sad time.

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  19. Breanna hastings :

    I hate to hear you are gone but me and my little sister (Jaylynn) will always remember you for the story’s you told us and the hugs and the great mountain trips we went on <3 at least you can watch over us all, Sharron I always consider you as my kokum now you can at least rest easy…

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  20. Anila Srivastava :

    Sharron with two “R’s” – I think your smile had to be so brilliant to outshine your beautiful long silver hair. You were one of the women who showed me how to respect mothers. Thank you for being a steadfast friend to my sister – knowing you were there when I was here helped me to worry less. Enjoy your journey. Love, Anila

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  21. Christine Calvert :

    So sorry for your loss, Graham. I’m thinking of you and sending supportive thoughts and hugs. The obit was lovely – she sounds like an amazing person and will be forever missed. I know you’ll keep her memory alive and strong – I hope those memories bring you peace and smiles for years to come. xo
    Chris

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  22. Sharon was not only my friend for many years,we were two spirited sisters in poetry,resistance,angst, and had great love. My prayers are you your family. She always spoke often of you. Praises
    For Sharon. I will continue to speak her name in my work. In Beauty Connie Fife

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  23. Monica Buchanan :

    My heartfelt condolence to Barb, Graham and all remaining families and friends that Sharron has left behind as she transition planet Earth. Sharron journey on Earth has left us with many amazing gifts and she will live within the people whose lives she has touched forever. I am truly blessed to have known this amazing woman and I will cherished her memories forever. Personal challenges interfered with my desire to show up in person to say goodbye but Sharron will always live within me. To those who have known and loved Sharron, we all mourn her passing the end of sharing our time with a great spirit, and I am deeply saddened by our loss at this time. Even as we know her suffering is over the pain is real so please accept my condolence.

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  24. Sharron’s spirit guides and strengthens us all. Her courage, honesty, poetry, love and wisdom have changed my life, and I share deep condolences with all her loved ones. With you in sorrow and in gratitude for all her beautiful work.

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  25. Oh its a year soon.. I miss Sharron… I offer her food on alter now and then and smile whenever I wash plastic bags. because one time she told me all about washing them out good..

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