After a long and valiant battle against “the beast within” (as she named it) Marilynn went to sleep peacefully on January 26, 2011 at home, with her family by her side. Marilynn leaves behind, her best friend and husband of almost fifty-seven years, Reg, and her children David (Shelley); Steve (Diane); Douglas (Mary Anne)and her daughter and best buddy Leah, as well as ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Doug (Audrey) who live in retirement in Florida and loved visiting this part of the country.
Marilynn moved to Qualicum from the town of Ancaster, near Hamilton Ont. fifteen years ago after a busy family life and working career, primarily in the banking sector, to retire with her husband Reg and enjoy the beauty and truly relaxed way of life on Vancouver Island. She loved her gardening, sewing, relaxed boating and most of all, playing bridge with anyone willing to play for the enjoyment of the game. Earlier in life she was an excellent golfer and did her best to teach her husband Reg the finer points of the game, something which apparently was not one of her easier accomplishments
As mentioned, she loved a good game of bridge and fortunately, as a member of the Probus Club of Qualicum Beach, she found several players who welcomed her into their bridge groups and many became great friends. During her illness, she often mentioned how much she missed the bridge games and just being with such warm and wonderful people.
It is difficult to express thanks to so many friends who have supported Marilynn over the last year or so, but her family do say “thank you very much” to each and every one, in the Qualicum area and, in fact, across the country. A special “thank you” goes forward from Marilynn and her family to Dr. Marlene van der Weyde and to the Parksville-Qualicum Palliative Care Unit and the Home Care Support Team for all their excellent dedication and kindness to her. Special thanks also to Dr. Joe and all the staff and volunteers at the Cancer Clinic and the Cancer Lodge in Victoria.
In lieu of flowers, Marilynn and family would appreciate any support that may be extended to the Cancer Society and to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
A private family service was held for Marilynn and a Celebration of life will be held in the near future, the details of which will follow as soon as finalized.