Marjorie Landeen

LANDEEN, Marjorie Marjorie Landeen passed away after a brief illness, at the North Shore Hospice in North Vancouver, on the morning of July 6, 2013 at the age of 94. Marj was born in Delisle, Saskatchewan on October 26, 1918 to Arthur & Olive Morgan. Her father ran a dry goods store there until the onset of the Depression when the family moved to the Crescent Heights neighbourhood in Calgary where Marj attended high school, and worked at Woolworths Department Store. After WWII, Marj married Art Landeen and moved out to the village of Chinook, Alberta, where Art taught school until 1955. By this time there were two children in the picture, Barry and Susan. The next move was to the much bigger town of Lacombe, Alberta, population 2500 at that time. Art continued to teach high school in Lacombe, and Marj began a 30 year career as the high school secretary. Marj was that quick minded, organized person to whom everyone, students and teachers, came to with requests for information, favours or help. At various times she volunteered as a leader of Girl Guide and Cub Scout groups, and was always active in Anglican Church activities. Some years after Art died in 1987, Marj moved to the coast (West Vancouver) to enjoy the milder climate and ocean view, and to be closer to family. She will be remembered as the keeper of the family stories for all sides of the family and will be deeply missed for her sharp mind, generosity and patience, as well as for her interest in asking the big questions in life and being suspicious of those who provided simple answers. She is predeceased by her husband Arthur O.R. Landeen, her sister Eleanor Grigsby, and brother Gerald Morgan. Her two children Barry Landeen (Annette Reinhart) and Susan Harris survive her as well as grandchildren Eric Landeen-Lefebvre and Fred Landeen and the many relatives and friends whom she always kept in touch with. Donations in Marj's memory may be made to the North Shore Hospice c/o Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. For those wishing to share memories of Marj or offer condolences, please visit and click on North Vancouver-Memorial Gardens. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Published in The North Shore News from July 21 to July 22, 2013