Mickey Cool

Obituary of Mickey Cool

COOL, Mickey (nee Meurice Irene Kirkland)
October 9, 1932 – November 17, 2020

Mickey was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. Her parents were Gordon Kirkland and Vera Carrick, and she had a brother Jack Kirkland. The family moved to Calgary, Alberta where Mickey completed high school and briefly attended art school at SAIT. After a brief office job, she met her farmer John Cool. They married on March 7, 1953 settling on the family farm at Carseland. She quickly adapted to farm life falling in love with the country.

Four children quickly followed, and Mickey devoted her time to her children, the farm and her community. Many hours were spent in hockey rinks, at swimming lessons and school activities. She was a long-standing member of the Carseland PB Club as well as founding member of the Carseland Farmers Market. Other community involvements were Carseland Home and School as well as serving on the Strathmore Golf Club executive. Mickey enjoyed curling, bowling and golfing for many years.

She and John made many trips locally and internationally with good friends – all of them fun adventures. The annual Hillsun golf tournament, full of fun and laughter, maintained lifelong friendships with Calgary friends. The couple were Arizona snowbirds for a number of years where she enjoyed golfing and crafting.

Mickey was a gifted artisan. Her artistic talents are reflected in a legacy of quilts, paintings, pottery, needlework, knitting and potholders. She became a passionate and prolific quilter as a member of the Dalemead Quilters Guild, enjoying the creativity and friendship.

Mickey was lovingly devoted to her family. She took great pride in her children, the grands and the great grands, delighting in and supporting all they did. Grandma/Special Grandma always had time to play, kid sit or go watch whatever someone was doing. She put up with a lot of shenanigans along the way!

Mickey was kind, gentle, tolerant, caring and giving. She rarely saw the bad side of anyone. She gave freely of her time, enjoyed her life, and loved living it.  

She is survived by John her devoted husband of 67 years, daughters Gerry Cool (Daryl Gulliver), Lynn Thurston (Doug), Sandy Deeg (Randy) and son Mike Cool (Joan).

Grandchildren are Tyler Gulliver (Marcela Herreros), Meghan Gulliver, Brett Thurston (Krista), Jackie Thurston (Ryan van Asten), Kirk Deeg (Jenna), Alex Deeg (Joel de Souza), Luc Deeg (Katherine Piesas), Jennifer Colliton (Jeremy); Rachel Cool (Mark Poppel); Matthew Cool.

Great grands are Anabella, Daniella, Amelia and Deacon Herreros Gulliver; Kate and Jessie Thurston; Thea van Asten; Max and Ellie Deeg; and Ben, Jack and Olivia Colliton.

John and family would like to thank AgeCare Sagewood Strathmore for the care they provided Mickey in the last years of her life. We know she was special to you as well

A private family farewell service will be held at Wheatland Funeral Home on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Memorial donations may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Alberta (306, 10430 61 Ave., Edmonton, AB, T6H 2J3 or online at Alzheimer.ca)

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