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ROSE, Mary Patricia (nee Grant)

June 8, 1931 – Rocky Mountain House, AB
May 6, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Her long legs carried her to the end of life’s journey on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the age of 82 years.

Pat was renowned in Thorncliffe for her extended walks, outpacing those decades her junior until well into her seventies. She was born in Rocky Mountain House and carried a piece of the farm with her not only in her exercise routine, but also in her love of gardening. She terrorized neighbourhood cats who had the audacity to hunt around her bird feeders, and was happiest reading the newspaper in the back yard under the trees. But first and foremost, Pat was about family, and she built hers on the bedrock of her 57 year marriage to her parenting partner, her travel companion, her darling Earl. He called her the love of his life.

Pat was “Mom” to Beth and Stuart Hill & to Nancy, Tom, Roxanne and Doug Rose. She was “Granny” to Nathan and Emily Hill & David, Nicole and Matthew Rose. She also leaves behind her honorary sister, Marg Johnson and husband Evert. Although they were never formally adopted, she grew up with Ethel Hobbs and Ernie Sjuberg, both deceased, and considered them family. She treasured the regular visits and contact with many nieces and nephews, and is fondly remembered by many other relatives in Canada and Great Britain. She was a surrogate mother to 200 foster children over 15 years, and touched many other little lives as a volunteer rocker at the Children’s Hospital. She was a familiar face around the community where she was an active volunteer.

Pat lost her brother and buddy Hamish Grant of Rocky Mountain House and her brother-in-law Oz Clark in the last year, but was in daily contact with her beloved “Pegs”, sister Peggy Clark of Erskine. She shared a special relationship with her sister-in-law Shirley Goulet of Toronto.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 2:00p.m. Pat loved flowers, but for those who wish, she received outstanding care from the amazing staff at Unit 111 at the Foothills Hospital and a donation to the Calgary Health Trust would honour the support and compassion she received during her three weeks there. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Pat Rose, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Diana Christie :

    On behalf of Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association I would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the Rose family. Pat was an amazing woman, volunteer, lifetime member, and later, staff at our TG bingo. She was loved by many. For myself, I will remember a very caring woman who not only loved her husband, Earl and family, she extended and gave her love to the community, her foster children and to all those around her. Diana Christie

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  2. Jeff & Heather Laird :

    We are so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman and will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  3. Frank & Lynne Hickey :

    Hi Earl, Nancy, Beth, Tom & Doug! Kindly accept greatest condolences from Lynne and Frank Hickey & Family. We came to know Earl and Pat and perhaps in osmosis-like fashion met with Nancy, Beth, Tom & Doug. Earl and Pat were always proud of their family, along with many of those who came into their lives. Pat’s ready smile, willingness to help and attentiveness to wellness – all combined to make her a welcome guest almost anywhere. Lynne and Frank would occasionally leave a political meeting or community function near the Rose home, call ahead even late at night and would almost always be invited in for a short visit. Discussions almost always included the activities of their children, Thorncliff – Greenview Community activities, and naturally politics. We consider the many contributions made by Pat and Earl, to have enriched all who knew them, and many who have no idea about how they made things happen. We are all better off for knowing your family. God Bless each of you!! Sincerely, Frank & Lynne Hickey & Family, Calgary, Alberta.

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  4. Mark Lawrence :

    Dear Nancy, Beth, Tom and Doug and of course “Dad EarL”

    I wish I could find some words to comfort you. but all that comes up is overused cliches. All I can think of to say is that I loved your Mom and Dad like a second set of parents.

    Deeply saddened,
    Mark Lawrence, Calgary.

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  5. Loy Martinez :

    Doug and Family,
    Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. May you be comforted by the fond memories and the love which surrounds you. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
    God Bless

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  6. Lois Cartney :

    Earl and family my prayers are with you at this time. Pat was a great person always willing to help at bingo and helping out at the booster club. She will be greatly missed.

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  7. Bernadette Gray :

    Our dear sweet Pat was one of the rare little earth angels I’ve had the pleasure to know for a few seemingly short years, way back when. I remember she could be serious, seriously funny, and then downright outright funny. Her giggle was infectious and she always seemed to laugh with her whole body. It was always a hoot to make her giggle. I cannot count how many times I found myself thinking that I want to be like Pat when I grow up, even though I was in my early forties at the time. She was definitely one of the good ones, and one to emulate. There is so much more I could say, but I am guessing most who knew her, already know. We’ll miss you Pat. Rest well. We’ll see you next time……….
    “God willing and the creek don’t rise.”
    My sincerest condolences to Earl & the family.

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  8. Dave and Teri Durocher :


    We want to offer our heartfelt sympathies. We are saddened for your loss and our thoughts are with you and your family during these difficult times.

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  9. Marj and Al Bell :

    Dear Earl and family
    Sincere condolences to you all, words are so empty at this time but may you find peace knowing you are surrounded by friends who knew and loved Pat too.
    Sincerely Marj and Al Bell

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