MCLAREN, Monica Maureen Theresa
April 9, 1931 – Edmonton, Alberta
August 3, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta
Maureen, beloved wife of Richard McLaren of Calgary, passed away peacefully on August 3, 2017 at the age of 86 years. Maureen and her twin brother Desmond Alexander, were the first of five children born to John Angus and Mary Alice MacPherson (Trainor) along with triplet siblings, Cecelia Alice, Camilla Audrey and Cameron Alton. Maureen is a proud graduate of both the University of Alberta (B. Ed) and the University of Calgary (D. Ed in Kodaly). Maureen followed in her parent's footsteps and became a teacher sharing her love of music and languages with her many, many students in the classroom. Music festivals, carol singing in the malls, annual Christmas concerts and operettas are just a few examples of her giving back over the many years. Maureen taught in Yellowknife and rural schools across Alberta before relocating to Calgary where she was hired to teach in one of the first French immersion programs offered in the 1970's. Maureen enjoyed a long and rewarding teaching career before taking retirement in 1990. In 1962 Maureen married Richard (Dick) McLaren, an RCMP officer, and shared the next 55 years of marriage together. Maureen loved to sing and belonged to an award winning children's chorus, university choruses, church choirs and held membership in the Sweet Adelines. Her fondest memories include singing with fellow colleagues of the C.C.S.D. teachers' choir that performed during the 1988 Winter Olympics. In retirement she curled as a member of the North Hill Curling Club and golfing with good friends. Together with her husband Dick, they enjoyed many warm winters lakeside in Chapala Mexico and traveled throughout Mexico, East Asia, Central and South America, and cruising the Caribbean. Maureen is survived by her husband Richard; daughter and son-in-law Laureen and Tom Geib; her grandchildren, Zacharias, Joseph, Cornelia and John. Maureen was predeceased by her twin brother Desmond Alexander.