Dora Helen

Date of death:
Sunday February 18, 2018

The Calgary Herald, AB

Mackie, Dora Helen March 6, 1926 - Tavistock, Ontario February 18, 2018 - Calgary, Alberta D. Helen Mackie was born in Tavistock, ON. Soon after, her family moved to a hacienda outside of Bogota, Colombia, where her father managed a cattle breeding operation. She was brought up during this time speaking Spanish. They intended to stay in Colombia, but sometime after the Depression began in the 30s the family returned to Canada. Upon return she and her sister Mary were enrolled in early grade school and had to adapt to the new environment and learn English. Initially the two girls lived with her Aunt Mabel and Uncle Stan in St. Thomas, ON until her parents Fred and Velma returned to Canada, had their third child, David, and bought a farm near Tavistock, where they lived until she began her studies at Queens University at the age of sixteen. Helen thrived in the university environment, excelling in her studies attaining her Bachelor of Science, majoring in physiology and chemistry, graduating with Honours and earning the gold medal for achieving the highest marks in her graduating class. She then proceeded to take a Masters degree in physiology and biochemistry at the University of Toronto, where she also worked in Dr. Banting's laboratory. Always independent, she worked during the summers at the Banff Springs Hotel, where she met the love of her life, Jim Mackie. At the time he was studying law at the University of Alberta. Upon graduation at the University of Toronto, she returned to Alberta to marry Jim in Banff. While Jim continued his studies she worked to support them. Upon his graduation, with their first child, Becky in tow, they moved to Calgary. Three more children and a number of years later, she returned to the University of Calgary to pursue her true passion in Art, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1973. She became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Artists (RCA) and the Alberta Society of Artists. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and reside in collections around the world. Helen had a resounding love of nature from an early age, which manifested itself in both her artwork and her hobbies. She and Jim spent many hours hiking in the Rockies, skiing and travelling the world. They also created lots of cherished memories at their family cabin in Bragg Creek, where they enjoyed horseback riding, swimming and spending time with the family. Helen was often found lakeside with her easel and paintbrush in hand. She will be sorely missed by her four children and their spouses, Becky (Kerry) Williams-Freeman, Jamie (Brenda) Mackie, Anne (Claudio) Morelli and David (Sandy) Mackie; her fourteen grandchildren; her fourteen great-grandchildren; her brother David (Gloria); and the rest of the extended Stock and Mackie families. Funeral Services will be held at The Anglican Parish of Christ Church (3602 - 8th Street SW., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Reception to follow at the church. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, 245 Eglinton Ave East, Suite 410, Toronto, ON, Canada M4P 3J1,, Toll-free: 1. 800. 465. 8005. In living memory of Helen Mackie, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. Funeral Home McInnis & Holloway Funeral Home - Calgary 5008 Elbow Drive Southwest Calgary, AB T2S 2L5 (403) 243-8200 Published in The Calgary Herald on Feb. 20, 2018

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