Starr, Daphne Elizabeth
Friday, March 13, 1959 ~ Sunday, August 11, 2019
With heartfelt sadness, the family of Daphne Elizabeth Starr shares the news of her passing on Sunday August 11, 2019.
Daphne is survived by her children, David Armstrong (Brittani) and Nicole Armstrong; mother, Ruth Starr; sisters, Lea (Ron), Fran (Dave), Christina (Moe) and Rebecca; nephews, Brock and Connor Edinger and Alex Starr, and niece, Geneva Starr. She is predeceased by her father, The Rev. Murray Starr.
Daphne was the middle child in a family of five daughters, a configuration generally met with wonder and awe wherever we went. As one of five, she was always resourceful, and creative in developing her own independence and interests. She was smart, extremely skilled at crafts like sewing, and extremely good at academics, being one of very few women to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Alberta in the early 1980s.
Following graduation, she worked for Transport Canada. When the Alberta economy took a slide, she was quick to secure other employment and pursue further qualifications, including Travel Agent certification as well as a Master’s in Petroleum Engineering. Her children’s education was very important to her, and she embraced the approach and philosophy of the Waldorf schools. This interest led to a Master’s degree in Education and she spent time assisting in Waldorf schools.
Despite these successes, Daphne’s life was also shaped and affected by a number of challenges, and we celebrate the resilient spirit that kept her motivated. Progressive supra-nuclear palsy, with which she was diagnosed in 2015 and which she stubbornly held off for longer than anyone expected, was something she could not conquer. The family would especially like to thank St Marguerite Manor and Daphne’s attentive, compassionate and caring friends and caregivers.
She will be keenly and lovingly missed. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11:00 am at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Calgary (2828 – 19 St NW). Donations in her memory can be made to Parkinson Canada, Covenant Care, the Foothills Hospital, or a charity of your choice.