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Marlene was born on October 22, 1933 in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She passed away peacefully on July 11th, 2012 in the Nanaimo Seniors Village at the age of 78. She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence (3 months ago), her daughter Elaine and three infant sons. She was survived by her sister Jean Paolone (John), brothers Bill Marsh (Valerie), Jack Marsh, John Nugent (Penny), Mike Nugent and Tom Nugent. She will be greatly missed by her children Lavonne Patterson (Marty), Skip Plensky (Susan), Dell Plensky (Calvin), her eight grandchildren Richard and Bill Brooks, Scott and Jeff Patterson, Ty, David, Rose Plensky and Dakota Plensky and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Marlene enjoyed many athletic pursuits when she was growing up in Medicine Hat. She loved to skate on the outdoor ponds in winter and compete in swim meets and lifeguard in the summer. It was in Medicine Hat where she met her devoted husband Lawrence. They were married for almost 59 years. Marlene was a very proud and loving mother and grandmother. Family was very important to her. Large family dinners and gatherings were legendary. She always contributed wonderful culinary creations to family gatherings. Her apple and lemon meringue pies were incredible. In her close knit extended family, Marlene was loved dearly. Family reunions and visitations to Christina Lake and Medicine Hat were always a highlight in her life. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Marlene enjoyed and was very skilled at needle work and a variety of crafts. She made angels, painted, crocheted, did needle point and knitted sweaters for everyone.
Marlene loved the arts. She enjoyed going to the theater to watch plays and musical performances. She especially enjoyed watching children perform. Marlene was intelligent and well read. She would read the newspaper cover to cover each day. She was fascinated with history and experienced it through books. Marlene relished the opportunity to babysit her grandchildren with Lawrence. They were always wonderful with children. Marlene was truly a very generous, caring and thoughtful person and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. There will be an open house to celebrate her life in the fall.
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