Our beloved family matriarch has passed away in Edmonton, Alberta. Born in Oyen, Alberta, Frances spent her childhood years growing up on the family homestead. She took teacher training at age 18 and spent her early adult years teaching in Copper Mountain, Edson, and Edmonton. She raised four children while obtaining a BA in Art History. In 1985 she earned an MA in Art History for her thesis, Under the Chinook Arch: The Influence of the Group of Seven on Alberta Landscape Painting Between 1920 and 1960. Frances taught a wide variety of art history courses until age 85 at Grant MacEwan College, University of Alberta Faculty of Extension, Athabasca University, and Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association. Throughout her life, Frances had a passion for travel that took her on many trips to England, France, Italy, Greece, Egypt, and the United States.
She is lovingly remembered by her four children and their spouses Jim (Wendy), Leigh, John (Gloria), and Sue; seven grandchildren and their partners Erin (Mark), Daley (Alicia), Kirsten (Andy), Francesca (Ryan), Megan, Alex (Jessica), and Mikey; and three great grandchildren (Finn, Evie, and Luka). She also leaves her sister Ann of Victoria, BC and numerous nephews and nieces in BC and Alberta.
Frances family would like to extend special thanks to Marie, Yolande, and Sherri at Ashbourne Assisted Living for their compassionate, expert care of Frances during the seven years she resided there. Thanks also go to the staff at Hardisty Nursing Home where Frances received excellent care during the last few months of her life.
A Celebration of Frances Life will be held in August at a time and place to be announced later.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Frances Henderson Klingle Scholarship Fund at MacEwan University by contacting Louise Charron, Senior Development Officer, MacEwan University, phone (780) 633 3907.