MARIAN MARGARET ANDERSON (nee Bullock)
22 February 1932 – 23 June 2015
Marian passed away peacefully after a few hours in palliative care at NRGH, the final result of pulmonary fibrosis.
Marian (Min) was born in Vancouver, lived in Fort Langley, moved with her parents, (Joe & Dolly) to Parksville during the early years of the war (1939 – 1940). She excelled in sports and in her final school year was awarded “Athlete of the Year” trophy. After graduation Marian worked at the BC Telephone office until she married Al in 1953. She was his shining light, moving from province to province as he was a career officer in the RCAF. Marian held many jobs to supplement his meager salary. Her son Mark (Victor) arrived while she was in Cold Lake Alberta (1959). Her daughter Julie (Julia) arrived in 1961 while the family was stationed in Sydney NS. Marian became a full time Mom until later years, after taking secretarial courses, she filled various posts until her final position as Secretary to the Colonel in charge of all military dental services which was located in Trenton, Ontario.
She and Al moved back to BC on his retirement in 1989. Marian loved her retirement years and being with old and new friends in her old “Stomping Grounds”. Without question Marian was deeply loved by all who knew her.
Besides her son and daughter and 3 precious grandchildren, Kai, Jack and Aaron she leaves her brother, Harold (Anna), brother-in-law Lorne (Doreen), many cousins, nieces and nephews (please forgive us if we missed anyone). As Matriarch of the Bullock family she loved you all equally. Some may say it is a miracle that she was married to Al for 62 years as he found fault with most things and she only saw the goodness in each person she met. We have many people to be thankful for in aiding Marian but we must publicly thank Paige Huggins for her yeoman service in every conceivable way each and every day. Her love and devotion was very obvious as she tried to make each day better for Marian. Paige, we are so grateful to you that words are insufficient in thanking you.
Marian did not wish any funeral service but in a more joyful manner we are planning a “Celebration of Life” in August of this year.
We will announce a final day when it is confirmed.
In closing, please no flowers. We do appreciate how the “Oceanside” community has already, in so many ways, expressed their willingness to help us through this difficult time.
Thank you so much and let’s remember that
“Life goes on and this old world keeps a-turning”.