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Delphine MacPhail

July 6, 2018

Burial Date July 12, 2018

Delphine Charlotte (Black Horse) MacPhail

January 20, 1944 – July 6, 2018


Loving mother, grandmother, sister, auntie, cousin and friend. We miss Del dearly and remember her for her enduring perseverance and compassion. A survivor of the Indian Residential School program, Del prevailed through significant adversity to achieve high school excellence in Calgary, and was chosen as Indian Princess to represent Alberta’s Indigenous People at Expo ’67 in Montreal. There she met her husband and moved with him to Nova Scotia, where they had three children who she loved deeply: Warren, Scott and Vanessa. Del returned home to southern Alberta and eventually continued her academic pursuits, ultimately earning a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary. She made a meaningful contribution to the Siksika Nation community in her chosen profession, where she worked for many years helping others until the sudden decline in her health in 2009. Del was an inspiration to all who knew her and her story. She was predeceased by and is also survived by members of her extended Black Horse, MacPhail and Tyler families, as well as numerous people to whom she was related through love and affection, if not blood. Del’s greatest happiness came from her grandchildren, whose mere mention would light her face with joy. Del’s family wishes to thank the staff at Sagewood AgeCare in Strathmore for the kindness, friendship and care they provided during her time of residence there. A reception and  viewing will be held at 11 am on Thursday, July 12, 2018.  Del’s funeral ceremony will begin afterwards, at 2 pm, followed by the burial and a feast.  All events will be held at the Gordon Yellowfly Memorial Arbour in Siksika, AB.

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