1914 - 2013
Passed away in her 100th year at the Manoir Lac Brome in Knowlton, Qc on September 21st, 2013. Marion Laura Paul was treasured by her late first husband, John Watt Smith, and adored by her devoted and recently departed husband, Charles Nayland Herrick Sr. She will be sadly mourned by her daughter, Sheila Smith of Knowlton, and her grandchildren, Sean and Tracy Lavin of Vancouver, BC. She experienced real joy in spending her 99th birthday with six month old great grandson, Finn, of Vancouver and this past summer thoroughly enjoyed her time with Tracy and Sean. She will be remembered by family and friends for her strength, her integrity, her love of ideas and learning, and- most of all-for her appreciation for the eccentric side of life. Throughout her long and adventurous life, she was an inspiration to the many people whose lives she touched. Marion was born in Winnipeg, MB on August 13, 1914, where she grew up with parents Winnifred Donaldson and Andrew Donald Paul until she moved to Toronto to be trained by a Russian ballet master. Her talent as a ballet dancer was recognized early on and she spent many years with a New York ballet company, until a car accident ended her professional career. But that didn't stop her: she opened a small ballet school in the early 50's and had a real gift in choreographing her young students. She was accepted into the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in 1956. Well into her 80's she was teaching ballet, yoga and tai chi. She led an amazing life and used her creative talents to give back to the community. Special thanks to Marion's devoted and compassionate private caregivers, Christina Faludi, Barbara Burbank, Priscilla Hadlock and more recently, Rachel Massicks. And a special mention to the staff at the Manoir who were there for her over the last few years. A memorial to celebrate her life will take place at Manoir Lac Brome, 28 Mont Echo, Knowlton, Qc on Tuesday, October 8th at 3:00 p.m.

Published in The Gazette on Oct. 5, 2013