CORSON, Durraine “Dane”

February 1, 1932 – March 1, 2017


It is with deep sadness that we announce that Dane Corson of Cochrane passed away peacefully on March 1, 2017 at the Sarcee Hospice in Calgary.

Dane was born in Mankota, SK to John and Lillie Golfen.  As a young lady, she worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Pincher Creek, AB where she met and married the love of her life, her ‘Mountie’ Jim. It is here that they welcomed their first child Brenda into their hearts.  Moving often for Jim’s work in the RCMP, they lived in Fort Macleod, Blairmore, Edmonton, Bonnyville, Taber, and Calgary.  Their second daughter Karen was welcomed while they lived in Edmonton.  After retirement, Jim and Dane made their home in Cochrane, which they loved.

Dane loved being a homemaker staying home with her girls but was happy to return to work part time as a Teacher’s Aid when the girls were teenagers.  She always loved working with children and this love carried over to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dane will be forever loved and remembered by her husband Jim; her daughters Brenda (Russell) Poffenroth  of Cochrane and Karen (Paul) Millar of Calgary; her grandchildren, Dayne (Ariane) Poffenroth, Scott (Stacie) Poffenroth, and Samantha (Colton Craig) Millar; and her great-grandchildren, Kamryn, Evynn, Avery, and Corson.  She is predeceased by her identical twin sister Lurraine; her brother George Golfen; and her parents John and Lillie Golfen.

A Celebration of Dane’s Life will take place at the Cochrane RancheHouse (101 Ranche House Rd, Cochrane, AB) on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wellspring Calgary Attn: Fund Development, 1404 Home Road NW,Calgary, AB  T3G 1B7



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  1. On 03/03/2017 at 3:15 pm Brenda Said:

    I have so many fond memories of Dane
    & Toodie…we grew up together in Mankota way back in the 40’s. We were best of friends right through to high school. Words were always plentiful in there home & so was food & hospitality. Their mother was so warm & friendly & always jolly.She was dressed up everyday even her nails polished. The twins were very helpful in doing the housework & cooking. One day when we were very young they decided I needed a hair cut. So while we were in the barbershop their Dad owned I was put up in the chair & I’m not sure which one did the cutting but I remember that only one side of my head was cut.. above my ears. When my parents saw me they were not very happy. Kids will be kids LOL Over the years our friendship continued as though we were never apart.I had the privilege of being a bridesmaid for both of them. Dane was a faithful friend to all her childhood friends. I would hear about everyone from our school days up until a few weeks ago. I will miss you so much Dane .
    Blessings to the family

    DJ Bristow

  2. On 04/03/2017 at 8:06 am Norma Jean and Lorne Vidler Said:

    Our friend “Dane”

    (Knock knock). It’s just me, Norma Jean! “Come in”….I can’t, the door is locked! Hi, thought I would watch ‘Y & R’ with you…..”Come on in and stay awhile”

    I’ll be thinking of you each day as I sit and watch our 4 o’clock TV show, and I will be keeping you up to date as to What’s What and Who’s With Who………Next on the Young and the Restless!

    A grand and wonderful lady, Dane……always a smile and a kind word for all! Her persona will stay with us all who called her friend and we are all better for knowing her.

    So very sorry that we missed being with Dane and Jim these past months, as we sit her is Mazatlan, but FaceTime and Skype have helped keep up communication.

    So until we get home….love to all!

    “Come again”

    Norma Jean and Lorne

  3. On 05/03/2017 at 9:13 am Louise & George Lorencz Said:

    We are saddened to hear of your loss. We extend our heartfelt condolences to you, Jim, and your family.

  4. On 05/03/2017 at 12:04 pm Tony and Bette Douville Said:

    I was honored to be Dane’s bridesmaid and have valued and enjoyed her friendship over the years.
    Dane was the “best friend ever”,,,not only just a friend,,, but a sister and confidant. We have enjoyed
    many meals and camping trips together. Always in a good mood and on top of the world” no
    matter what obstical she may be facing.

    Dane was very proud of her loving family and will be missed by everyone who had the opportunity
    of knowing her.

    I am going to sadly miss that cheery voice “Hello Mother Douville”

  5. On 05/03/2017 at 2:24 pm Jack Kenny Said:

    Very sorry to hear of Dane’s passing, Jim.

  6. On 05/03/2017 at 5:02 pm Laura Easterbrook Said:

    For the past 42 years Karen has been my best friend. The best part of having Karen as a friend is that it came with the Corson family.

    I’ve had the privilege of calling “Mom C” my second Mom for the past 42 years. It seems she’s always been part of my life… from the awkward pre-teens through to celebrating my wedding and the birth of both my children. She was always there and she always made me feel like one of the family.

    She was the epitome of the perfect “Mom”. Always a welcoming warm hug, a kind word, great advise. She was my role model when I became a mom… how I treated my children as well as their friends. I’m sure I never measured up.

    I wish I had called more, visited more…. I will miss her more than words can say!

  7. On 06/03/2017 at 9:33 am Bev (Ramage) & Gord Phillips Said:

    Jim, Brenda, Karen and families,
    We are so very sorry to read of Dane’s passing.
    May you find comfort in the care and love of those around you.
    Our heartfelt condolences,
    Bev & Gord Phillips
    Cochrane, AB

  8. On 09/03/2017 at 11:30 am Linda Essink Said:

    Jim Brenda Karen and families

    I am so sorry for your loss. I loved her so much and valued her friendship greatly. She was a great Lady. She will be missed by by all that knew and loved her.

    Linda Essink