Rocky Mountain grace: our Ralphine Locke

Ralphine Louise Locke passed away peacefully in her Banff home on March 7, 2014, while a chinook wind was blowing. She was 88 years old.

Ralphine featured in Highline Magazine, Winter 2013

Click here to read about Ralphine, featured in Highline Magazine, Winter 2013

We’ll never know Rocky Mountain grace like Banffite Ralphine Locke. She was the perfect combination of pioneer and pearl; a true adventurer who always treasured the beauty she found in exploring nature, in meeting people, and in preserving history. Locke herself was a treasure to this community: she served on the Town of Banff’s Heritage Committee as a reference for Banff’s history, she ran the Luxton home museum as a volunteer and in 2009 she was honoured with a lifetime achievement award for heritage conservation by the Town of Banff. Subsequently, she received one of the inaugural SHINE awards from The Banff Community Foundation. Locke exuded a kindness that made us feel more connected to the Bow Valley than before we met her.

And we’ll think of Locke often — when we read great poems, when we watch the clouds slowly move over Lake Louise, and when we smell the first flowers blooming in the Luxton garden.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014
at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff.


Article that followed the photo of the three Western pioneers.

Article that followed the photo of the three Western pioneers.

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