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BLACK, Myrtle (Myrt) Julia

December 11, 1922 – Calgary, Alberta
November 28, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with profound sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Myrtle Julia Black on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. She was thirteen days shy of her 95th birthday.

Myrt was born in Calgary on December 11, 1922, an identical twin to Marion. Myrt was very proud of the fact she spent her entire life living in Calgary.

Myrt met John (Jack) Black at Penley’s Ball Room and they were married on May 20, 1948. After Jack’s graduation in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta, they started the family business of running a drugstore, and raising a family. Although Myrt was key in working at the various stores Jack owned over the years, especially Britannia Pharmacy, her most important and cherished role was at home with her children. She was a wonderful mom and then a fantastic grandmother, and great-grandmother. There was always fresh baking in her house (which was always spotless!) and she attended as many sports events, concerts, and school activities as she could.

Myrt is survived by a very loving family; her husband of 69 years, Jack, and her four children, Douglas (Linda), Cathy Buckle (Doug), Wayne (Daimi) and Michael (Diane). She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Sarah Black (Andrew MacNiven), Ian Black (Julia Miller), Melissa Bartlett, Chelsea Limoges-Black, Kaitlyn Black, Andrew Black, and Dylan Martinez-Black. Myrt also leaves three great-grandchildren, Mason and Avery Bartlett and Henry Black. She is also survived by her sister, Hazel Whittal and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her three brothers and her twin sister Marion.

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the caregivers of Units 73 and 57 at the Rockyview Hospital and to those at the Carewest Sarcee Hospice. Their kind and compassionate care will never be forgotten.

To say Myrt will be missed by her family is a dramatic understatement. A Celebration of Myrt’s Life will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Myrtle Black, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Keith and Peggy Davis

    We are saddened to learn of Myrtle’s passing and our prayers are with her, and with you all.

    Keith and Peggy Davis

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  2. A life well lived. Condolences to Jack and the kids. I don’t think I ever saw Myrt lose her cool and results were a happy well adjusted family who benefitted greatly from an unparalleled matriarch.
    Grace sends her best wishes as well…..she still doesn’t have a computer.

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  3. I was lucky enough to have two mothers–my own mother, of course, Marion Maria Pennington, and her twin sister Myrtle Julia Black. Auntie Myrt was always an influence in my life, and I cannot count the number of times I visited her and my beloved Uncle Jack to chat and share family news. I remember her for a lot things, but Auntie Myrt was a true fashionista and we always shared fashion tips. She was a loving, curious, humorous woman who was know for her compassion, her love and her support. She was also famous in Glendale for her Frying Pan Stew. I love Auntie Myrt and I cannot begin to express the sadness I feel at your passing. Wherever you are, I hope the tea is hot, the cookies are fresh and the sun is shining. I love you. Valerie.

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  4. Don’s Mom #2 was so kind and welcoming to me always with a twinkle in her eye. She was ready to go.

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  5. Dave & Gerry Marchant

    Dear Jack and family; Although we only knew Myrt for a short time it was immediately obvious what a wonderful and loving person she was. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this sorrowful time.

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  6. Ken and I express our sympathy to you Jack and your family on the loss of your wife Myrt. We will be thinking of you at this sad time.
    Ken and Pat Farn

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  7. On behalf of our grandparents, Jack and Wahnita Penley, and our parents, Ken and Prue Penley, we would like to express our condolences on Myrtle’s passing. We often heard Mom and Dad mention Jack and Myrtle and I know they would have wanted to be in touch at this time.

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  8. Sympathy to you Uncle Jack and family on the passing of Aunty Myrt.

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  9. Lynn and Karen Grant

    Jack & Family,

    We were saddened to hear of the passing of Myrtle.
    Thinking of you at this time.

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  10. Elizabeth and John Hogan

    Jack, we were saddened to hear of Myrt’s passing. Our thoughts and condolences are with you and your family.

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  11. Darlene MacLean

    Dear Jack and family

    I am saddened at the news of Myrt’s passing. I have such fond memories of you both. Sending condolences and a big hug,

    Darlene Graham MacLean

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  12. So very sorry to hear of the passing of Myrtle.

    God Bless her soul and may she rest in peace. Sending condolences to the Black family with special thoughts to Mike, Diane, Katie & Andrew xx

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  13. Gordon and Wendy Lackey

    Uncle Jack, Doug, Cathy, Wayne, Michael and families, we are sad to hear about Aunty Myrt. Glad we had a chance for a visit with her before we left. You are all in our hearts and thoughts during this time. Sorry we are not able to attend her life celebration, but send you our love.
    Gordon and Wendy

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