Marjory (Sympson) Greaven

Marjory Greaven (née Sympson) Saddled up at home on Bowen Island and rode off, al galope of course, across her beloved pampas into a lovely dawn on July 26, 2014. She was lovingly cared for by her daughter, Moira and son, Walter. Our sincere appreciation to Dr. Schloegl, Katy, Sally, Carol, Deborah, Shannon, Jane and Wendy for their wonderful care, compassion and support. Predeceased by her husband, Dr. Walter Francis Greaven (October 1971), and three of her six siblings, Marjory is also survived by her much loved grandson Lucas, and daughter-in-law, Liza, and Will Castleton of whom she was so very fond, and her siblings and families in Australia, England and in Argentina. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 25, 1919 to an estancia family, Marjory trained as a nurse at the British Hospital in Buenos Aires. She volunteered for the War and served from July 1941 - January 1947 as a nurse with Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service in England and Scotland, in India and, after peace was declared, in Singapore. In December 1948 she married Dr. Walter Francis Greaven in the Argentine and they immigrated in August 1956 with their young family to Canada where her husband practised as a physician in Vancouver. They made their home in North Vancouver before retiring to the Argentine in 1971. After her husband's death, she returned to Canada in 1978 in order to be close to her two children. Marjory was a woman of great verve and sparkle who gave much pleasure to all who knew her. She will be much missed.


Published in The North Shore News from Aug. 10 to Aug. 11, 2014