It is with great sadness that the family of Marion Elizabeth Baird announces her passing on April 17, 2017. She is predeceased by her parents and four siblings, and her husband Archie. She is survived by her step-sons Norman (Roberta), Ronald (Janice), and by her daughter Brenda (Jeff), and sons Iain (Islay) and Michael (Carmella). Grandchildren Tara, Kevin, Charlie, Quinn, Gillian, Robin, Jordan, Callum, Jillian, Rachel, and Sophia, and several adored great-grandchildren.
Born in 1928 in Rouleau, Saskatchewan as the youngest of five siblings, she studied business and eventually worked for Imperial Oil in Regina, Vancouver, and Victoria. She was the first female to be transferred geographically within the company. In Victoria she met and married Archie Baird. They bought a home in Nanaimo overlooking Departure Bay and began a family. They were active in the service community and most especially in youth sports. Marion attended literally thousands of soccer games, swim meets, hockey and ball games, and arts events in support of her children and grandchildren. When her youngest child was settled in school, she re-entered the workplace at Simpson Sears, where she remained until her retirement.
Her family and home and her garden were her passions. She also enjoyed a cut-throat competitive game of bridge, art, music, and travel. After her retirement she travelled to many countries around the world gathering friends and memories. Her last years were spent at the Nanaimo Senior’s Village, where she received exemplary care until the very end. The family would especially like to express immense gratitude to the staff at NSV. Each one of you is an extraordinary person.
We will remember Mom for her integrity, generosity, and great warmth.
Rest gently, beautiful mother, grandmother, friend.
We invite you to an informal gathering on Saturday, May 13 at the
Nanaimo Golf Club, Departure Bay Room between 2 and 4 P.M.,
to share memories and celebrate a long life lived well.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Salvation Army.