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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
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.Print This Obituary & Condolences