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BENGTSSON, Marjorie Evelyn

June 19, 1930 – December 28, 2012

Our mother Marjorie passed away peacefully at the age of 82 years.

She was born in 1930 to Madge and Neil Currie in Onoway, Alberta and grew up on the farm close to Lac La Nonne, Alberta. She attended Dunstable elementary school, a one room schoolhouse a mile and a half from her home. She then went on to complete high school at Garneau High in Edmonton. After her schooling, her life’s journey took her to Calgary, the West Coast, NWT, Edmonton and finally back to Calgary in 1967. After 1968, she was a single, working mom and always did her best for her family and community. She worked for Woodwards for many years, much of that time in the bookstore. She was always an avid reader and after her retirement, she volunteered at the senior’s centre library. She enjoyed bingo, antiquing, collecting, and pioneer history. Marjorie took advantage of many opportunities to travel to and learn about different parts of the world. She was very proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Despite the many challenges she faced in her life, she always remained optimistic, interested and involved in the world around her. As Mom wished, her remains will be interred in St. Peter’s Anglican Church Cemetery at Lac La Nonne, Alberta.

Marjorie is lovingly remembered by her children, Arlene (Jamie) Blair, Joan Zietsoff, and Wayne (Kitty) Bengtsson. Also left to cherish her memory are her six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; as well as her brothers, Don (Nita) Currie, Gordon (Beryl) Currie; and her sister Joan Gillett. She was predeceased by her brother Jack Currie.

A private family service will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre (1331 29 St N.W. Calgary AB T2N 4N2, P:(403) 521-3433)

In living memory of Marjorie Bengtsson, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Provincial Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Brian Findlay :

    Wayne, Arlene and Joan; so sad to read about the loss of your mother. One real downside to getting older ourselves is watching those we love leave us. But this also gives us the chance to reflect on what they brought to our lives and to be thankful for the time with them.
    Brian and Christi Findlay

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  2. Bruce Wilsoner :

    I wanted to pass on my deepest sympathy to the Bengtsson family, and especially Jamie and Arlene, whom I attended school with at William Aberhart. Your mother was an inspiration to me, working with her at the Woodwards Bookstore for more than 7 years was the highlight of my time at Woodwards. I always desired to work in the bookstore environment, being a teacher still today with the Calgary Board of Education. I was able to learn new skills, work with the public, and of course help “peddle” great books. Your mother (and all the bookstore staff) would remember the anticipation and piles and piles and piles of books reserved for “Invitation to a Royal Wedding”. We never again saw the likes of that sale, and your mother helped organize many of the special orders for gratified customers. I am so pleased to hear she continued with her interest in books in retirement. God bless her and your family at this difficult time. Rest in peace Marjorie!

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