Marjorie Helen Augustin
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It is with heavy hearts that the family announces Mom's peaceful passing on January 1, 2013 at the age of 94. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Kenneth, son Donald and sister Verna Swaby. Marj will be deeply missed by her children Bev (Gerald), Bruce (Darlene), Bonnie and Shelley as well as her eight grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. Mom was born November 30, 1918 on a farm near Mennon, Saskatchewan. She grew up in Saskatoon and completed her Normal School education there in 1938. Her first teaching job was in Bepalm, Saskatchewan. She next obtained a teaching position at Gettysburg School in the Handel District where she met and married her husband of 54 years. After marrying Marj continued to teach as well as learning to become the wife of a farmer, working the family farm. The financial times were tough in those first years and Marj taught in communities near by as well as, one winter, with small children in tow, accepting a teaching position in a bush camp in the foothills of Alberta where Kenny joined her after harvest and worked through the winter and again leaving her to complete the school year in the spring. Ken and Marj purchased their own farm in the Handel district in 1954 where they continued to raise their five children. In 1984 they purchased their retirement home in Biggar and would live in town in the winter and then back to farm and farming during the summers. Marj enjoyed the life in town and joined in many activities. Mom was on the Home Care Board and Seniors Board. She thoroughly enjoyed all the activities at New Horizons. She joined the Fortnightly club. Evenings of playing cards and visiting with friends and family were regular occurrences throughout her life. Mom also loved to travel and she and Kenny did manage a number of trips to warmer winter climates over the years. Her most memorable was a trip to Europe in 1988 were they toured many countries but also visited and stayed in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and England, with boys that they had hosted through a farm exchange program. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Biggar United Church. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to the cancer Society. Grondin Funeral Services- Biggar entrusted with arrangements (948-2669).
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Jan. 4, 2013