WARD, Muriel Eunice (Kirkland)
1926 - 2013
It is with sadness we announce that Muriel passed away on April 7, 2013. She spent her last four weeks at the Edmonton General Mel Miller Hospice. We are thankful for the compassionate and loving care she received there.
Muriel was born on July 26, 1926 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She was predeceased by her parents, Winnifred Bertha (Deeley) and Archibald Gilbert Kirkland and her five sisters Elaine, Patricia, Lois, Joan and Shirley. She inherited from her fun-loving parents and family an unfinished debate on heritage - she stoutly defends her Irish roots in Armagh Ireland. The debate goes on and we are happy to defend her unwavering position. She moved with her parents to a small farm near Prince Albert when she was three, where they struggled to eke out a living on their tiny farm in the north. It was here in this rural community that Muriel formed her interests and life values. She set her sights on a career as a radio announcer and at age 16 applied for a position at the CKBI Radio Station in Prince Albert.
She started as music programmer and soundman for rural amateur hour performances. She was also given spots as a disc jockey. As her skills matured she developed her own afternoon program called the Sugar Bowl and, if one can imagine, also announced the daily stock market. This was the brunt of some interesting feedback. Her excellent ear led her to selecting the music for all of the Station programming. For Muriel this wasn't work, it was pure fun.
She resigned her position at CKBI at the age of 24, when she married Lyle Ward on September 2, 1950 and moved to Waskesiu where Lyle was employed as Park Engineer for Prince Albert National Park. This was the beginning of a happy marriage that lasted the rest of her life. She was a happy and creative stay-at-home mom who accepted frequent moves, sometimes reluctantly, which were inevitable in Lyle's engineering career. She moved from Waskesiu to Banff and then to Halifax and Ottawa and back to Edmonton all in a span of eight years. She was thrilled to be exposed to parts of Canada that were new and interesting to her; it provided fodder for her inquisitive mind and the opportunity to absorb the scenic, cultural and historic landscape of Canada. It was an experience she had only dreamt about as a young girl.
Muriel lived a full and interesting life, driven by her insatiable curiosity. Her interests spanned sketching, painting, reading, fashion, dancing, crossword puzzles, flowers, meeting people, family heritage and later in life sharing these passions with her grandchildren.
She leaves Lyle, her husband and partner for 63 years, her son Kim (Brenda) of Saskatoon, her daughter Debra (Brian) of Calgary and her daughter Kelly of Edmonton; she leaves also five grandchildren, Courtney (Bill) of Halifax, Chase (Meghan) of Winnipeg, Milan of Calgary and Jaimie and Jesse of Edmonton. She leaves also many nieces and nephews all of whom she holds dearly.
She will be deeply missed by her family and remembered by all who had the good fortune of knowing her.
A Memorial Service will be held at Connelly - McKinley Funeral Home, 10011 - 114 Street Edmonton, on Saturday, April 27 at 11:00am.
To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com.
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Apr. 13, 2013