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BARKER, Pauline Marguerite

April 19, 1934 – Calgary, Alberta
January 8, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with sadness that the family of Pauline Barker announces her passing at Rocky View General Hospital on the morning of January 8, 2019 at the age of 84.

Pauline was born the youngest daughter to her parents, Arnold and Emily Dawson. Pauline enjoyed baking, cooking, Square Dancing, crafting, golfing, and swimming. Spending time with her family was always a favorite even when she was refereeing between her many children. A highlight for Pauline was Square Dancing in the 1988 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies. She also enjoyed travelling with family, especially to any place warm; Hawaii was definitely a personal favorite. She travelled to Disneyland several times including for her honeymoon in 1959. Throughout her life, Pauline travelled across Canada, went on cruises, and visited Dubai.

While raising her family, Pauline worked for over twenty years with Mackimmie Matthews Law Firm as a Court Runner. She was also a Foster Parent to numerous children over the years who quickly became part of the family. Pauline also found time to support her daughters and the Brownies as a Snowy Owl. In retirement she volunteered with the 1997 World Police and Fire Games, and enjoyed her home and garden. Baking bread and cookies for Kathryn was a weekly task she and the entire family enjoyed. She was always kind and sweet, garnering the name “Auntie Sweetness,” but had a quick wit that those who knew her really well got to see.

Although Alzheimer’s was taking her away, she kept her sense of humour and determination until the end.

Pauline was married for over fifty-nine years and leaves behind her husband John (Jack) Barker; son Murray Barker and daughter-in-law Jen Ellerman; daughters and sons-in-law Maureen Barker, Allison and Dale Palmer, Sharon and Duane Schreiner; and granddaughter Kathryn Palmer.

Pauline was predeceased by an infant daughter, Theresa; her parents, Arnold and Emily Dawson; brothers, Arnold, Vincent, Frank, Arthur; and sister, Kathleen.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North Calgary, AB, Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Pius X Parish (2424 24 Avenue NW Calgary, AB), on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Reception to follow in the Church Hall. Condolences may be forwarded through

If friends so desire in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made in Pauline’s name directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, 800, 7015 Macleod Trail S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2K6, Telephone: (403)290-0110,, or to any charity of your choice.

Sincere thanks to Unit 47 Rocky View General Hospital, McKenzie Towne Continuing Care and Garrison Green United Active Living for the kindness shown to Pauline and family.

In living memory of Pauline Barker, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Patty Jo Folliott :

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your wife, Jack, and your mother Murray, Maureen, Sharon. She was such a gentle, giving soul and I will always remember her kindness.

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  2. We are extremely sorry for your loss. Aunt Pauline was a kind, loving, caring, and gentle lady. Sending all our love and prayers. Vicki and W J Morris.

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  3. Scott & Laurie Mullin :

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom Murray. Sending you our thoughts and prayers.

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  4. Lorie Bonin-Sandford :

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Pauline.
    My sincere condolences to Jack and the family.

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  5. So very sorry for your loss. Always great memories with our visit when I was in Calgary. Aunt Pauline you will be missed.
    Love Diane and Mel Wright

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  6. Thoughts are with you and your family Murray! Sending you and Jen a virtual hug.

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  7. Murray I’m very sorry for your loss.

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  8. Michelle Dulmadge :

    I am so very sorry for you loss. My condolences on the passing of Pauline. She was a wonderful woman.

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