Mary Arlene France (MacKenzie), known to her friends and family as Arlene, passed away on the morning of November 25, 2020, at the age of 77 years in the presence of her loving husband, while receiving care at the Crowsnest Pass Health Centre in Blairmore, Alberta. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Bob France; her daughter, Shelley Henczel; her granddaughter, Kaitlin Henczel; her brother, Sandy MacKenzie; her sisters, Kathryn MacEachern, Margie Csuka, and Helen Jensen; as well as her extended family and many friends.
Arlene was born in Truro, Nova Scotia on May 27, 1943 to her parents Merle and Lillian MacKenzie. She eventually moved to Calgary with her daughter where she worked with the Bank of Commerce, Scott National and Revenue Canada. She was an accounting wiz, known by many for her skills and talents in the companies she worked with. She lived her life surrounded by nature and enjoyed her time outdoors amongst the wildlife. Growing up on the farm in Greenfield, she spent her time outdoors with her dad and her love for nature continued as she moved and lived on an acreage in the Crowsnest Pass, Alberta where she fed her squirrels and watched the birds and deer. She pledged her love to Bob France with marriage in 1976 and they shared endless moments of devotion and admiration for each other.
Arlene was an avid sports fan especially for her favourite teams the Calgary Flames, Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Blue Jays. She knew all the players names and wouldn’t miss a game wherever she was. She was stubborn to the core and did things her own way. Even in her last days, her nurses knew that whatever she said went. She will be fondly remembered and missed dearly.
A celebration of her life will be held in Nova Scotia at a later date when travel is permitted. Condolences can be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. Donations may be made in her memory to the charity of your choice.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel assisting the family. (403) 562-8555.
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