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.
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.