Obituary of Maureen Louise Munro (nee Young)
April 14, 1943 – Calgary, Alberta
May 10, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta
Maureen Munro passed away peacefully on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, 2020, from complications related to cardiac illness.
Maureen, the eldest daughter of Rex and Dorothy (nee Copithorne) Young, grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Springbank, Alberta. As a youth, Maureen was active in 4-H, horseback riding, team sports, and helping on the family farm.
Maureen graduated as a nurse from the Holy Cross Hospital in 1964, then worked at the Calgary General Hospital in pediatrics. She achieved a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta and subsequently taught nursing at Mount Royal College.
In 1965, Maureen Young married the love of her life, Milo Munro, and shortly thereafter moved to their forever home in Springbank. She embraced a lifetime commitment to agriculture, community, and family. Maureen’s family was her greatest joy, and she could always be found cheering for her children and grandchildren at various hockey rinks, soccer fields, football stadiums, horse shows, figure skating carnivals, and band concerts. She particularly loved trailing cattle in the mountains with her husband, kids, and dogs. Maureen loved to cook and entertain guests. She welcomed everyone with a smile and an extra place at her table, and the roast beef dinners and picnic lunches she prepared were second to none.
You could count on finding Maureen on horseback with her trusty camera, gently encouraging her horse to stand still just long enough to get that perfect shot. She was a talented amateur photographer, and her work is a lasting legacy to ranching featured by prominent Western artists on canvas and bronze sculpture. She also enjoyed making leather chaps for her family, as well as silver buckles and jewelry.
A committed and passionate advocate for students, Maureen served as a Rocky View School Division Trustee from 1995 to 2007. Additionally, she was a valued member with the Springbank Park for all Seasons Board and the Rocky View West Recreation Board, contributing much knowledge and service to the community.
Maureen was fun, witty and intelligent. Adventurous in spirit, Maureen enjoyed travel, and her favorite destinations were Ireland and Hawaii.
Maureen is lovingly remembered by Milo Munro, her husband of 55 years; children Shawn Munro (Lynn), Shannon Munro (Ryan Brood), and Corbin Munro (Kari McFarlane); grandchildren Connor Munro, Grady Munro, Avery Brood, Kendra Brood, Lochlan Munro, and Finley Munro; sister Brenda Goode (Will), and brother Gary Young of Perth, Australia.
The family wishes to thank the physicians, nurses, care aids, and staff of the Foothills Medical Centre, Rockyview General Hospital, and Chinook Hospice, for their commitment to her care.
A celebration of her life will be held later this year. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes can be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Maureen’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com.
In living memory of Maureen Munro, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE, AB, T4C 2E2, Telephone: 403-932-4740.