Catalina "Lena" CLARK

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CLARK, Catalina Elizabeth
April 16, 1976 – September 25, 2016
Catalina Clark (nee Turingan), beloved wife of Cam, passed away on Sunday, September 25 2016. Lena was born in Calgary on April 16, 1976. Lena is survived by her beloved mother Josephine Arcega Turingan-Pearce (Dale); her father William E. Varns III; brother Jonathan Turingan (Kylie) and son Charlie, and brother James Gould (Shoshana); her step-siblings Lucinda, Angell and Ben Pearce; Cam's children Blake Clark (Mandy) and children Charlie, Brynne and Savanna, and Aubrey Clark (Mike), Lindsay Ingram (Chris) and children Andie and Max ; and all her extended family in Canada and the Philippines. Lena was predeceased by her brother William Jr.
After more than two decades of deep friendship, Lena wed the love of her life Cam Clark on December 19, 2015 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Airdrie. In just one highlight of their enduring bond, Cam celebrated Lena's 40th birthday this year by inviting her favourite band to perform a private concert at their ranch. Lena and Cam spent their precious moments together travelling to Europe and elsewhere, fishing, shooting, skiing, golfing, riding and tending to livestock on the ranch.
The eldest of thirteen grandchildren, Lena was always number one to her beloved Grandpa Bill Turingan and grew up doting upon her brothers, nieces, nephews and younger cousins. She gave immense time and energy nurturing their interests and encouraging them throughout their lives. The many who can boast developing deep friendships with Lena know of her generosity and lively sense of humour.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Calgary, Lena worked as a geologist for many years for companies like Fairbourne Energy and Encana. Most recently, Lena's interest was in Smithbilt Hats, and her passion was in the design of their soon to be new location.
A life-long athlete and a fierce competitor, Lena's list of accomplishments are storied. At the age of 18, Lena was the youngest female gold medalist competing with the Canadian National Judo Team, bringing honour to her Calgary dojo Ishiyama. She was a warrior on the soccer field as well, and was proud of her goals (and injuries) competing at many levels in both Canada and Australia. Lena loved riding and took up equestrian sports, winning buckles in team penning.
All in all, there was never a more dynamic, daring and inspiring individual than Lena. It was not possible to meet her and remain unchanged. Those lucky enough to know her continue to resonate with her tremendous energy and passion, and will continue to carry her love on through all the days.
Those who wish to pay loving respects to Lena may attend a Prayer Service on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. and a Funeral Mass on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. both held at St. Pauls' Catholic Church (1305 Main St S, Airdrie, AB). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lena's memory to Kid's Cancer Foundation of Alberta 609 - 14 Street NW, Suite 302 Calgary, AB Canada T2N 2A1 kidscancercare.ab.ca. To express condolences, please visit: www.mountainviewmemorial.ca

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Published in The Calgary Herald from Sept. 28 to Sept. 30, 2016
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