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Maureen Rosemary Allain
June 25, 1935 - September 7, 2014
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<div itemprop="description">Maureen Allain (nee Carpenter) 1935-2014 <br /> &quot;Mommy&quot; to one, Mom to us 4 and Nana to her 9 beloved grandchildren, she will be deeply missed. She passed Sunday peacefully and may her free spirit soar again. <br />A young girl raised in Sheffield, England confined by WWII she developed a desire to explore the world. She started by travelling to Cambridge to pursue teachers&rsquo; college. Next stop was a teaching position in London, England, and from there she ventured west to work &amp; see the mountains in Golden, BC. <br />She met Andre at a curling bonspiel, and was captivated by his humour &amp; ultimately by his lasting adoration for her. She never looked back. Postponing her plan to visit Australia by some 50 years, she flew to Toronto to become an editor of an Anglican magazine. There she &amp; Andre wed and began their life together. <br />Four children, a full time teaching career (grade 1), earning her Bachelor&rsquo;s degree in humanities (with distinction) at night all while raising us and still deftly exploring the arts and nature with us whenever she could - what an amazing person and mother! <br />She instilled in all her children and grandchildren a taste for adventure, a zest for living life to its fullest and an impressionable passion for travel. Her love for nature, especially birds, defined her character and inspired her many lovely paintings. <br />Her stoic determined mindset, peaceful disposition and her unyielding optimism enabled her to pass through life, and her recent dire medical condition, with as much natural grace as is humanly possible. <br />May the wild flower in you bloom and the graceful bird in you soar again. Mom we love you - Charles, Suzanne, Vivienne and Michelle and all our spouses and children. May we remember you always and God willing carry forth some of your admirable qualities. <br />Maureen&rsquo;s Memorial will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at St Cyprian&rsquo;s Anglican Church at 1:30pm; refreshments to follow. <br />In lieu of flowers, donations to the Nature Conservancy of Canada or The Arthritis Society would be greatly appreciated. <br /></div>