COLE, Marion Ilene (nee Burgar)
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October 10, 1925 - June 25, 2012
Our family is deeply saddened by the passing of Marion at the age of 86 after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Marion will be lovingly remembered by her two sons, Randy (Marlene) of Stony Plain, and Cam (Jan) of Richmond, BC; two grandchildren, Michelle (Steve) of Hamilton, and Kelly of Richmond; three step- grandchildren, Steven (Annette) of Sherwood Park, Derek (Jen) of St. Albert, and Pamela (Jason) of Spruce Grove; one great-grandson, Charlie; nine step-great-granddaughters, Tianna, Darian, Kaylee, Breanna, Maddy, Faith, Hannah, Jessica and Sophia; one very dear sister, Doreen Harvey of Edmonton.
Marion was predeceased by her parents, Hiram and Mae of Vegreville, and one brother, Russell of Calgary.
Mom was born in Edmonton, and as a young child moved to Vegreville. In 1949 she married Terry Cole and was a stay-at-home mom who sometimes helped out at the family business, the Vegreville Land Company. Mom was actively involved in the United Church Junior Choir and in the Order of the Eastern Star.
In 1972 Mom and Dad moved to Edmonton. Mom worked for Alberta Health and the C.N.I.B. and was involved in the drama club of West Edmonton Seniors. She also taught English as a second language on a volunteer basis and up until the last few years Mom took a great deal of pride in walking long distances, either along 100th and Jasper Avenues in her colourful "Oilers" jacket, or all 18 holes in a round of golf at Victoria. She loved our beautiful river valley.
Mom was a big music fan and kept the nursing staff at St. Joseph's Auxiliary Hospital entertained while she danced with the aid of her walker to her favourite band, The Emeralds. She loved good jokes and kept her great sense of humour right to the end. Mom was a keen supporter and tireless worker in the Laurie Hawn election campaigns. She was also a crossword puzzle fanatic and loved the Edmonton Journal.
The family would like to extend a warm thank you to the wonderful caregivers at St. Joseph's as well as to the support staff at the U of A's ALS Program, but most of all to Mom's very special friend, Jo Sherrin.
A Celebration of Marion's Life will be held on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Westlawn Funeral Chapel (16310 Stony Plain Road., Edmonton). Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: ALS Society of Alberta, 314 Circle Square, 11808, St. Albert Trail, Edmonton, AB T5L 4G4.
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Published in The Edmonton Journal on June 30, 2012