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Arlene Jean Macdonald (Holloway)

October 2, 1939 - June 24, 2022


During the late evening hours of Friday, June 24, 2022 Arlene Jean MacDonald passed away at Kootenay Street Village  in Cranbrook  at the age of 82 years.  Arlene was born in Edmonton, Alberta on October 2, 1939 to Doug and Elsie Holloway.

Arlene spent many years of service working with the BC Fish and Wildlife Service.  She enjoyed spending time in the outdoors camping and watching wildlife.  Her many hobbies included quilting, sewing, gardening, baking, cooking and canning.  Arlene also loved to play cards, especially cribbage with family and friends.  She enjoyed watching the many birds, deer and various other wildlife from the big dining room window in her home as well as on her deck.  She would greet them all with a wave and “Hello”  and even asked Ole to lower the doorbell at the back door so the ducks could reach it when it was time for a treat.  Arlene spent time with the Pony Racers as a timer and line judge in the years she and Ole spent travelling to different racing events.

Arlene was a member of several different clubs in town including the Scandinavians of East Kootenay, Floor Curlers, Ducks Unlimited, BC Government Retired Employees and the Mission Hills Senior Ladies Golf League.

Arlene leaves to mourn her passing her beloved husband, Ole Haugaard; two sons Craig (Lylla) MacDonald and Kevin (Ann)  MacDonald and her one daughter Shelley (Cary) Ingram.  Also left behind are her two brothers Doug (Cathy) Holloway and Donald Holloway.  Arlene was predeceased by her parents Douglas and Elsie Holloway, her sisters Grace and Joan and one sister-in-law Caroline.

A Celebration of Life and Open House for Arlene will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 2:00 pm at the Scandinavians of East Kootenay Viking Lodge on 4th Ave. S. in Cranbrook.  Memorial donations may be made in Arlene’s memory to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.  Condolences may be left for the family at

Mark Memorial Community Funeral Home in care of arrangements (250) 426-4864


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Cheryl and Wayne Ostash
Relation: Friends of the whole family for many many years. 💔

Oh my goodness. I just saw this tribute. Sending our condolences to Ole and Kevin, Craig and Shelley, and there growing families. I’m heart broken. She was the kindest and nicest lady. We will miss her.

From: Brandy
Relation: Niece

So many beautiful memories of Aunty Arlene. Lots of cards, cooking, gardening, and of course lots of laughs. All my love to het family. May your fond memories bring a smile to your faces and warmth to your hearts 💕

From: Dan & Rhonda Murphy
Relation: Friend

Rhonda and I were very sad to hear about Arlene’s passing, she was always so friendly and kind to us! Our sincerest condolences to Kevin, Ole and other family and close friends!

From: Henny Hansen
Relation: Through the Scandinavian Club

So sorry for your loss Ole. Condolences to you and your family.

From: Bettylou Christenson
Relation: knew Arlene for many years through DUCKS Unlimited

Dear Ole and family
I was saddened by the news of Arlene’s passing.
Heavens gain – our loss
Arlene was the bright light in the room with her smile and gentle ways She will be missed by all who knew and loved her
Your friend

From: Anne-Marie Weiergang
Relation: Svigerinde ( Ole's søster )

Mine tanker går til min bror Ole, samt børnene Graig, Kevin og Shelly med familie. Modtag min kondolance i denne svære tid, efter tabet af Arlene. Dagmar og Peter ( vores forældre ) kunne intet sprog ud over dansk, men ved hjælp af fakter var Arlene god til at forstå dem. De nåede at besøge jer 2 gange i Canada. Første gang Arlene besøgte Danmark havde hun sin mor og Shelly med. Jeg besøgte jer i 1998, mit livs oplevelse. Så skønt et hus og storslået natur. På grund af Arlene, som altid var så glad, gæstfri og imødekommende, da forstod jeg hvorfor min bror blev i Canada. Arlene var en skøn kvinde. Tak for mange dejlige minder. Vi står tilbage med et stort savn efter tabet af Arlene. De kærligste tanker fra Anne-Marie

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
August 13, 2022
Beginning at 2:00pm

Scandinavians of East Kootenay Viking Lodge
4th Avenue
Cranbrook, BC Canada

4th Avenue
Cranbrook, BC Canada

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Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Alzheimer Society of BC

828 W. 8th Avenue
Suite 300
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1E2

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