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RANKIN, Marlene Elaine (nee Rogers)

October 4, 1935 – Roblin, Manitoba
May 5, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Marlene Elaine Rankin, beloved mother of Diane and Laura Rankin of Calgary, Alberta, passed away on Sunday May 5, 2019 at age of 83 years.

Marlene was born in Roblin, Manitoba on October 4, 1935, the eighth of nine children of Charles and Edna Rogers. Marlene grew up in Makaroff, Manitoba, where she completed high school. While visiting her sister Marie in Centralia, Ontario she met her husband Alexander (Sandy) Rankin, who she married September 23, 1955.

This began a whole new life for Marlene, as Sandy was a member of the Royal Canadian Armed Forces (RCAF) being posted at St. Jean Quebec, Marville France, Lahr Germany, Vancouver and Comox, BC and Cold Lake, AB. Marlene loved the life, traveling to different parts of the world, meeting new friends. Places they also travelled to included France, Italy, Belgium, England and Germany. After Sandy retired from the RCAF, the family moved to Calgary in 1971, where Marlene became a secretary at James Fowler High School and Sandy worked for CP Rail. They then moved to Brooks AB, in 1977, where Sandy was a Waterman at EID and Marlene became the secretary at Brooks Composite High School until Marlene retired. She then moved back to Calgary to be closer to her family.

Three words to describe Marlene were family, community and music. Family was most important to Marlene. She made a home for her family wherever they happened to be in the world. Marlene was a social butterfly and she found community in many groups. She was involved in quilting, scrabble, bridge, seniors groups, and church. Of all the things she enjoyed, music was her passion. She attended the CPO, sang in a choir and recently learned to play the ukulele.

Marlene is survived by her sister Jean’ne Loomis and sister-in-law Audrey Rogers, granddaughters, Cara (Marek) Polujan and Caitlin McKean, great-grandson Alexander and Sebastian Polujan, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Marlene was predeceased by her husband Sandy, parents Charles Edwin Rogers and Mary Edna Rogers (nee McKnight), brothers James and Raymond Rogers, and sisters Christine Beck, Mae Strachan, Marie McDonald, Lucille Bach, and Isabel (Dolly) Ashby.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Thomas United Church (100 Hawkwood Boulevard N.W., Calgary, AB) on Monday May 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the church. Condolences may be forwarded through The Family would like to thank the staff at the Foothills Hospital stroke unit for all their care. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, or the Women In Need Society, 128 – 1220 28th St NE, Calgary, AB, Telephone: (403) 252-3826,

In living memory of Marlene Rankin, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Karen and Wendell Nelson

    Diane, Laura and families,
    Wendell and I were so very shocked and saddened to hear about your Mom’s passing. Her and I had such a good visit on the phone on Thursday night that I couldn’t believe the news Sunday. We only have amazing and happy memories of spending time with Marlene., Wendell at BCHS and all the social times Marlene and I spent together at church functions, just visiting over tea until late, or birthday celebrations in Calgary with Ann. Just a heart full of good and happy memories of a special friend I loved dearly. I will miss her very much. You are all on our hearts and in our prayers. Once again, we are so very sorry for your tremendous loss.

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  2. Coreen mercer

    Laura, so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom, my condolences to you and your famil

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  3. David Graham

    Oh Laura, I am so sorry for your loss of your mother. I never got to meet her, but I could imagine her in you. Thinking of you.

    Dave Graham

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  4. Arlene Giest

    Dianne & Family , and Laura it is with heavy hearts that we wish you sincere condolences, Marl was not only my aunt, but more like an older sister. The memories I have are very special as growing up she was always there for me. The times we shared where happy ones, music and singing brought her great enjoyment. We will miss her dearly but she is in a better place with the rest of her family. Love & Hugs

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  5. At this time it is hard to find the right words of condolence. I had the privilege of working with this wonderful women and mother. The BCHS stall arranged to have her taken to supper on her 65th birthday in an appropriate 65 Lincoln convertible. It was a bit cold as it the first snow of the season and we did not get a chance to ride with the roof down.

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  6. Dianne and Laura , We’re so sorry to hear the news of your mom passing , she was a wonderful women . Janet and I along with Jenna and Katie saw all of you in Victoria for our moms 90th birthday, Merle enjoyed her company , and I do remember her spunk and spirit was great , our love and prayers are with you.

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  7. Chris Matthews

    So sorry for your loss, Marlene was truly a wonderful Mother and Grandmother. A very genuine person and will be missed by her family

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  8. Russ Matthews

    Condolences to Diane and Cara and families.. Obviously your mother and grandmother an outstanding women and caregiver.

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  9. Dianna, Laura, granddaughters and great grandsons. So sorry to hear that we all have lost a wonderful friend. I have great memories of the many trips we took together. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Jane Adams

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  10. Diane, Laura and Family:

    We were very saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. Little did we know that our visit with her at the Foothills would be our last. We were indeed fortunate to have Marlene as a key mainstay of the Brooks Composite High School office for 25 years. She was a dedicated, reliable secretary who everyone at the school adored. She was also a confidante and a great friend. We have many memories of meals shared and card games played. Marlene was always the calming voice when political points of view were exchanged with your dad. Ann will miss the long late night calls as they caught up on news about family and friends. There are many fond memories; too many to count. We will all miss Marlene.

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  11. I am sorry to hear of Marlene’s passing. She was a kind and friendly person who will be greatly missed.

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  12. Shirley MacGregor

    You are missed.

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