Whitby, Ontario

1930 - 2021


Whitby, Ontario


(nee JOHNS)
December 26, 1930 - December 16, 2020
Marion Shepherd Ingle passed away on December 16, 2020, days before her 90th birthday, after a long struggle with Parkinson's.
Born Marion Johns, in Toronto, December 26, 1930, to Harriet and Frank and brother Stan Johns, and spent her youth in Oshawa, Ontario.
The complete homemaker, skilled at sewing, knitting and home decorating on a budget, she created a comfortable, safe place for her two girls.
Later in life Marion travelled extensively seeing Hawaii, California, Oregon, Jamaica, The Panama Canal, and Alaska to name a few but referred to China as the trip of her lifetime. She wrote perfectly typewritten letters, sometimes seven a day, chronicling the good times and the bad; jokes, poetry, recipes and pictures. She often talked of writing her autobiography.
Marion was a Snowbird in Florida for many years. Florida was her happiest time doing her favourite activities like swimming, square and line dancing and riding her bike to garage sales. Florida friends called her "Maid Marion".
In a letter to the editor of a local newspaper she spoke of the rewards of activism: "I believe you can get what you might call a "high" when you get involved in something you believe in; I have." Always the glamour queen, she was beautiful and stylish to the end, she always looked her best. She could pass for a young Elizabeth Taylor long after Elizabeth Taylor could. At age 70 Marion said: "I still feel young, I use to be the same age as Elizabeth Taylor, but now she is a year younger."
Her last years were made comfortable by the kindness of the staff at Winbourne Park Nursing Home, Ajax.
She is survived by loving daughters Donna Hagerman and Sherry Brown, grandchildren Jubal, Mat, Nathan Brown and Eddie Chisholm, and in-laws, Dave Chisholm and Alan Birks.
A service will be held in the summer of 2021 or when public health conditions allow.

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Always respected Aunt Marion, she was kind to me. As a young teen Lamenting my shortness to her, she replied well you can dance with short or tall boys and never remove your heels. Never forgot that. Realized then that nothing is perfect we have to look at both sides of our dilemma.