January 27, 1925 – June 12, 2019
Anne Doreen Marshall (aka “Mom”, “Grannie Annie”, “Great Grannie Annie”, “GG”), who had a lifelong passion for travel and adventure, started her last journey on June 12. Her travels began on a farm outside Winchester, Ontario on January 27, 1925. Farm life was, however, an inadequate platform for her wanderlust and nurturing spirit so she followed her sister, Dallas, into the nursing profession. Nursing provided Anne with her first travel experience- a one year posting with her sister to Bermuda. Upon her return to Canada a year later she was fortunate to have the opportunity to nurse with neurological surgery pioneer, Dr. Wilder Penfield at the Montreal Neurological Institute. In Montreal she was also able to rekindle a relationship with an aspiring young salesman and former military officer, Richard (“Dick”) Marshall. Dick and Anne were married in 1950 and sons, Barrie and Ted joined them in 1952 and 1956 respectively. Dick’s many transfers with NCR across Canada throughout his career only whetted Anne’s appetite for travel. In her lifetime she saw more countries, tasted more ethnic cuisines, and experienced more cultures than your average diplomat. She also loved golf, garage sales, scotch, peanut butter, wine, walking, reading, and designing “octopus gardens” with her granddaughters – not necessarily in that order. She treasured the lifetime friendships she made in Montreal, with the “Green Tongue Gang” (so named for their use of Clorets as after dinner mints) in Edmonton, and with her walking and golfing buddies in Nanaimo. But, above all, she loved her family. Fiercely.
She is predeceased by her parents, Allan and Ella MacDonald, siblings, Dallas and Jim, and beloved husband of 52 years, Dick. Anne is survived by sons, Barrie (Beverlee) Marshall, Ted Marshall, granddaughters, Leah (Chris) McKeigan, Jamie (Jared) Vincent, and Kelly Marshall, great grandkids, Ella, Jimmy, and Marshall, sister in law, Shirley MacDonald, nieces, Jan MacDonald and Anne Hughes, and nephew, Bill Hughes. Bon voyage, GG.
A private family celebration of Anne’s life will be held later. Donations to the Red Cross or the charity of one’s choice are welcomed.
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