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Marlene Rose Lidkea



Dr Marlene Rose Lidkea, aged 58 years, passed away suddenly on December 23, 2013 in St Albert.

Marlene leaves to celebrate her life; her husband, Dr Michael Poitras, her sons Andre Poitras, Evan Poitras, her special granddaughter Grace Bacha, her parents Audrey and Russell Lidkea, her siblings, Harvey, Wade (Joan Garbey), Ross (Marlene), Darlene (Len MacMillan), Wayne (Larisa Aponiuk), numerous nieces and nephews, several aunts and uncles, many friends and colleagues, and her dog Snuggles.

The third of six children, she was born on May 24, 1955, in Melfort, Saskatchewan. She grew up mainly in the Edmonton area.

In the fall of 1980, she met her husband Michael Poitras, and they were married in 1983. They welcomed two sons, Andre and Evan, who were Marlene’s pride and joy.

Marlene graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine in 1979. In 1981 she completed her Family Practice residency at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton, after which she started her practice in St Albert, and she soon developed a passion for delivering babies. In 2009 she opened the Centering Child Birthing Clinic, which provided maternity in a group setting. Through the years she has delivered over two thousand babies. As a member of the medical staff of the Sturgeon General Hospital for over 30 years, she served on many hospital committees, including the position of President of the Medical Staff. She was an assistant clinical professor in the University of Alberta - Faculty of Medicine. For many years she taught students and Family Practice residents in her office and at the hospital. She was elected to the council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, serving three years. In 1995 she awarded the YWCA’s Woman of Distinction for her outstanding leadership and achievements in health and medicine.

In the provincial centennial year of 2005, she was one of one hundred physicians to receive the Physicians of the Century award, for her work in the treatment of child victims of sexual assault. She developed an exhaustive set of diagnostic criteria, a protocol that has since been adopted by the Alberta Medical Association, as a standard procedure for dealing with children who have been victims of physical and sexual abuse. Additionally, her determination and research led to the establishment of Edmonton’s Child and Adolescent Protection Unit and the Child and Adolescent Protection Centre at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in 1997.

She was an amazing wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Her passion for adventure took her to Egypt, Jordan, Europe, South America and most of Canada. She was a dedicated swimmer, including completing the Swim Across the Lake in Kelowna over the past three years. Gardening was her refuge from her busy work life, both at home and her parent’s acreage. She challenged herself with experiences like rock climbing, kayaking, multiday hikes, snorkeling, and skiing. Always an avid reader, she could be found reading a book most days.

Always keen to host family and social functions, she made sure everyone felt welcome and had a good time. Her happiest times were centered on the large family gatherings at her parents’ acreage.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton at www.sace.ab.ca or C-PAR Canadian Physician for Aid and Relief at www.c-par. ca.

In Loving Memory of
Marlene Rose Lidkea
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Funeral Service:
Celebration of Life
Saturday, January 11, 2014
7:00 PM
The Enjoy Centre
101 Riel Drive, St. Albert, Alberta
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