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CLARKE, Mary Lou

Mary Lou passed away at the Central Okanagan Hospice House on January 17, 2020 at the age of 71 years. She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Rod; her daughter Kelly (Matt) Bardal; her brothers Wayne (Susan) Black and Gerard (Ann) Black; and her sister Patricia (Earl) Andrews. She was predeceased by her parents Dan and Louise.

Mary Lou graduated from the University of Western Ontario and went on to earn her Certified General Accountants designation. She was an accountant by trade, but she could do anything, from landscaping and painting the various houses we had to setting up her own business. She learned conversational French in her 30’s, how to golf in her 40’s, and how to paint in her 50’s and 60’s. She was an avid traveler and took her husband to Europe 10 times, to Australia 3 times, to Hawaii 3 times, to New Zealand, the Caribbean islands, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. She loved it all.

She loved her life; she loved her family, and she loved her friends. She was just a beautiful person and a lot of fun to be around. In the words of her daughter she was “the best Mom you could ever ask for”.  I have never heard an unkind word spoken about Mary Lou.

She will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice House, hospicehousekelowna.com, or to the KGH Foundation (fund designation: Hospice Palliative Care) www.kghfoundation.com.

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Hospice House, or to the KGH Foundation (fund designation: Hospice Palliative Care) Link: hospicehousekelowna.com, www.kghfoundation.com




  • Mary and. Vic Desaulniers says:

    So sorry to here the sad news will miss you at golf may you rest in pease. . Our thoughts and prayers are with the family

  • Cathy and Don Beebe says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Rod and family. Mary Lou was a beautiful person and a joy to be around, we will miss her.
    Rest in peace Mary Lou.

  • Pete Nouwen says:

    Rod I am sorry to here about your loss , my prayers and thoughts are with you and your famiy.

  • Lynne Sacks says:

    Dear Rod and family,
    It was such shock this summer to learn of Mary Lou’s illness. At that time she walking the golf course and enjoying her life at beautiful Sunset Ranch. I always enjoyed spending time with Mary Lou. She was always upbeat, interesting, and fun to be around. She enjoyed the travel she and Rod did in the winter, her painting, her hiking and her hiking buddies, and the time they spent with friends and their family. If you had her in your foursome, you knew you were going to have a good time. She will be missed by all who knew her.
    Lynne and Allan Sacks

  • Joan & Larry Wood says:

    Our thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow. It was a pleasure to have gotten to know Mary Lou through golf and I will always cherish the time she was a part of my life. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed by all whose life she touched.

  • Sharon Jefferies says:

    I met Mary Lou in the spring of 2011 when I joined Sunset Ranch Golf Course. She was such a pleasure to get to know and such a fine person. I was very lucky to have the chance for our paths to cross.

  • Sam Schwartz says:

    My heartfelt condolence to Rod, Kelly and the Black family during this difficult time.

  • Gerry Just says:

    Rod and your family…so sorry. She was a beautiful person….and we have hope.
    Take care, Bro.

  • Joan Dolson says:

    I always enjoyed golfing with Mary Lou at Sunset Ranch and will miss seeing her on the course. My condolences to the family.

  • Ron and Crystal Sales says:

    Rod and family. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Mary Lou. We will miss her beautiful smile and wry sense of humour. We’ll hold dear memories of golfing with the two of you.

  • Sheila Long says:

    Dear Rod and Kelly; One of my recent memories of Mary Lou is seeing the three of you last July you were headed for coffee and croissiants. I was volunteering for the triathlon and you three came along on a Sunday morning so happy and content to be together. I hope memories like those keep you comforted through this tough time. She was a lovely person and I enjoyed being one of her hiking pals.

  • Carol & Ralph Hesje says:

    It is so difficult to express the sadness we feel at your loss of Mary Lou. She was a funny, caring & compassionate woman. We are proud and happy to have known her & had she & Rod in our lives.

  • Sandra Morden says:

    I always enjoyed seeing Mary Lou at the course….. She had a smile on her face and we always shared a laugh. I usually got her name wrong ( on purpose )…..and we always had fun if we golfed together…….My
    concolences to your family, she was taken too soon and will be sadly missed.

  • Andree MacKenzie says:

    To my cousins, Rod and Kelly
    I am so sorry for your loss. It has to be so difficult losing a sibling. The tribute in her obituary was wonderful. Mary Lou and I besides cousins, were great friends until high school. We did see each other at the family gathering in Inverness. One cannot change the past, but I feel sad that we did not keep in touch. Sincerely Andree MacKenze.

  • Lorraine says:

    Our hearts are heavy today because she was such a lovely lady and good golfer. Her smile was infectious and a pleasure to be around. Rod, Doug and I are sending sincere sympathy to you, Kelly and family.

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