Miss. You sister,should have called when that little voice said to call you ,I miss talking to you very much.god be with you always.
Dear Gordon, daughters, Lilly and Ann, sons, Robert and Gordon, cousin Jean and all family and friends of my wonderful special,and loving cousin, Marie...
Please know that my heartfelt prayers are with you all. Sadly, I only recently learned of her passing and felt devastated to learn the news.
I have some very special memories of my dear cousin with eyes that sparkled with fun, twinkled with mischief and tenderly shone with warmth and love.
I remember when she was only about 18 years old and came for a long visit to Portland. Her aunt Beryl (my mother) loved her dearly (as she did all of her nieces and nephews... so very much) and we children were so very happy whenever they came to visit.
On this extended visit of Marie's, she showed my older brothers and I what an athlete and competitive great kick ball player she was. I wanted to be on her team because she was the best! I especially liked how surprised my brothers and the other neighborhood kids were that this girl from way up north could beat them at what they thought was going to be an easy win. Even better was how she just burst out with laughter and made the game so much more fun.
I did not want her to go back home. As she was getting ready to depart, I cried and hugged her hard because I wanted her to stay and live with us but she told me she just had to go home. She missed her family and friends there. She told me that she needed to go home and would visit again and that I could always come up north for a visit too.
Well, I was too young then to understand...
Much later I learned that it was because she just couldn't be apart from a very special person living in her home area, who was missing her greatly and she was missing him.
Yes...It was her Gordon...the love of her life.
Marie and Gordon together have been an inspiration to so many as to how special and wonderful true love is.
I thank God that she made such a wonderful choice and feel blessed to have seen and known that such a love exists in this crazy world of ours.
True love in this world today is a rarity and such a treasure. Money is worthless in comparison to it.
Fortunately, I was blessed not too many years ago, with spending a very special day with this wonderful couple (these two best friends). It was one of the happiest days of my life. They took me on my journey quest to see the old homestead on the mountain where my mother was born.
It was an exciting and emotionally fulfilling day for me. As much as I enjoyed finally seeing the place where my mother's birthplace was (the house had unfortunately, just collapsed) I was loving even more, just being with Marie and Gordon. Seeing them together, hearing their stories, I was enjoying their warmth, laughter and love which radiated between them. It was touching and endearing to sense the deep bond that they shared.
Thank you Gordon for that special and "a bit scary ride" going up and down the mountain that day so that I could see it and where our grandparents home had stood.
Right before my eyes, with all that I experienced that day, I was reminded that when everything materialistic is gone, love endures and lives on.
I will treasure that day forever and ever for being able to share and spend that precious time with you both.
Sadly, I am once again reminded that time and making plans can be our enemy. I had planned to call Marie in early spring of this year to talk about getting together this summer (all of us). Well, I waited too long and only recently, learned the news of her passing, making all thoughts of this too late.
Sigh...trying harder to not put things off, not even for a day will be my renewed future goal.
would like to share another fond remembrance of 2 wonderful sisters, Marie and Jean (who have always been quite a team together) but who were especially so, as they researched the ancestry of our family lines one fine spring day.
I remember driving to the cemeteries with them, Uncle Clyde and my mother
in order to check out stones of ancestors.
As a teen, I was not feeling excited about going into cemeteries but my thoughts began to change as I became fascinated by these 2 and their joy of their adventure. It was intriguing to see them working together that day, so excited and recording what they found. How they giggled and laughed despite the persistent nuisance of those relentless "tiny black mingie" bugs surrounding them. Well, I chose to escape that and to sit in the car with uncle Clyde and watch curiously, from a distance where we were bug free. On that day, I began to gain a curiosity and interest in our family history.
While listening intently, to their stories, I began to feel the warmth and joy of the love surrounding me in that car as we drove all about to different research locations. Surprisingly, I found myself wanting that day not to end. In fact, I realized later, that this experience had left a huge impact on me... the love and laughter in that car was so amazing and so very special. Gathering history was certainly a lot of work for them but how they seemed to enjoy doing it together. It was absolutely fun and wonderful!
My point in sharing this memory is a reminder that family time together and with loved ones is a gift...
Oh yes...it is precious indeed. We can grow, gain something and feel enriched by it all.
In concluding today,
I will pray that God wraps His loving arms around Marie and treasures her as so many of us do and that He looks upon us all with loving tenderness and helps us heal as we grieve her departure.
Marie and I ...We did not have to see each other or even speak often.
It is wonderful how love is...
I always felt the amazing compassion and love that she offered to me and I accepted it joyously and then happily returned it right back to her.
No words can truly express all that she means to so many of us and all that she has done in her life.
Today, I will just say that I will always cherish my time with her and would like to extend love and big hugs to you all that loved her and knew her.
To you Marie,
Always and forever....until we meet again, you will live on here in my heart and cherished memories. Thank you for your love and our special moments together...
Love you lots...
Gordon and family,
My brother Glen and I were honored to attend the memorial service for Marie. I talked to her on the phone just a month ago to ask about the condition of the road up the mountain.
The number of people attending the service was an impressive tribute to you and Marie.
Our thoughts are with you,
Dear family ease accept my condolences for your loss. May you all take comfort in God's words of hope. Romans 15:4
Gordon & Family I am so sorry to learn about your loss. May God help you through this difficult time. Michael Pearson Enfield
Gordon & Family,
Sorry to hear about your loss,our prayers are with you and your family. God bless you at this time of need.
Lilly and Ann sorry to hear about your Mom you both are in our thoughts and prayers Roland & Nadia Drinkwater
Sorry to hear of your loss, she was a very nice lady!
Gordon & Family,
Sue and I are keeping you and Marie in our prayers.God bless you at this time of need.
you are missed, god bless you