GREENIAUS, Marie It is with the utmost sadness that we announce the death of our mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, Marie Greeniaus, on October 16, 2016. Keeping her in their hearts forever are her children: John, Gloria, Barbara and Ted; her daughters-in-law, Sheridan and Mary; her son-in-law, Bill Israel; and her granddaughters, Rebecca Graham and Elizabeth Greeniaus. Marie was the beloved daughter and only child of the late Ina and Clair Mill. Born in Toronto on April 24, 1922, she attended more than a dozen schools in Southern Ontario before graduating from high school. Marie was truly a lifelong learner who read voraciously and enrolled in extension courses wherever she lived. Throughout her years in Victoria, Marie attended University of Victoria continuing education courses and participated in Shakespeare study groups at Berwick Royal Oak. On December 12, 1942, Marie married Jack Greeniaus, in Hart House, at the University of Toronto. Jack's career in aeronautical engineering took the growing family to London, England, in 1949 and to Montreal in 1952. Marie returned to work as soon as her youngest child, Ted, entered elementary school in Beaurepaire, Quebec, first as a school secretary and later as a successful real estate agent with Crown Trust. Marie's circle widened, and she made lifelong friends in her new careers. Her first pay cheques went to the purchase of a used Volkswagen Beetle - for Marie, having her own wheels was an absolute necessity for an independent life. In 1979, Jack's work on the design and testing of Canadair's Challenger jet required another move - this time to the high desert outside of Los Angeles. A reluctant Californian, Marie was happiest on the golf course or at the bridge table, but neither the climate nor the culture suited her. The decade in California was hard on Jack and Marie's marriage: they divorced in 1988 and, in 1989, with the encouragement and support of her children, Marie returned to Canada. Within weeks of her arrival in Victoria, Marie joined the Saanich Newcomers' Group and became an enthusiastic participant in virtually every activity. Through her involvement in book clubs, golf, dinner groups, quilting, needlepoint and several bridge groups, Marie established friendships that endured until the very end. It was at the bridge table that Marie's considerable intellectual skills and competitive spirit were best showcased. A Silver Life Master, she attended bridge tournaments all over North America, racking up points wherever she played. When arthritis pain made life difficult and her travel was curtailed, she maintained her own chair at the Duplicate Bridge Club on Head Street and was at the table as often as possible. In 2010, Marie moved into Berwick Royal Oak. She made good friends there and appreciated its amenities. Nancy Duncan's arrival at Berwick was a stroke of good fortune for Marie - they became fast friends, and the ritual of an evening cocktail with Nancy was a highlight of Marie's day, up to and including her last. In 2015, Marie's declining health forced a move to the Care Unit at Berwick. Not the most compliant resident, Marie's needs were managed with compassion and care. She especially appreciated the tough love delivered by Andrea and Jennifer. Marie engaged the services of Dr. Ted Rosenberg soon after he opened his practice and, for the next twelve years, he was consistently kind, caring and firm with one of his more obstreperous patients. The quality of Marie's life was greatly enhanced through Dr. Rosenberg's exceptional treatment skills. Marie sought out beauty wherever she turned: the hummingbirds at her feeder; the flowers on her deck; the art on her walls; the many photos of her children and beautiful granddaughters. Marie's life was filled with significant accomplishments, but her greatest source of pride were her children. She took delight in their talents and achievements and loved nothing more than being able to proudly introduce her children or her granddaughters whenever she had the opportunity. During Marie's long life, she was dealt some high cards and some low ones. She played every hand with joy, finesse and elegance. We will miss her always. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. For those wishing to make a donation in Marie's memory, please keep in mind that her charitable priorities were Operation Eyesight and the Victoria Women's Transition House.
Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, 2016.