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CUMMER – Marion (nee Murray)

October 19, 1925 – January 6, 2011

After a life of travel and adventure, combined with raising a family of four children, Marion Cummer passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at the Rockyview Hospital in Calgary.

Marion Murray was born in Edmonton, the youngest of six children of an immigrant Scottish family. At an early age she acquired a desire to see the world, and at 19 set off for New York City in hopes of pursuing a career as a fashion model. She returned to Edmonton where her good looks caught the attention of Bill Cummer, an administrator in the oil industry. The couple married in 1950 and settled in Calgary where they raised their family.

Marion’s home was always open to family, friends and travelers, and she was a gracious hostess whether entertaining at home or at Elkana Ranch in Bragg Creek. Marion became heavily involved in parent-teachers’ associations and volunteer groups including the Opti-Mrs (the ladies’ auxiliary of the Optimist Club) and the Cancer Society where she helped organize Daffodil Day each spring. In Calgary, Marion became a strong advocate for preservation of parks and historical buildings. Her interest in interior design was expressed early on and was a passion she pursued most of her life, culminating in attending an interior design school in London, England.

Meanwhile, Marion rose to the challenges of becoming an executive’s wife as Bill’s career progressed in the oil patch. They traveled the world together in style and, in 1976, they moved to Bermuda, returning to Calgary in 1990.

Marion will be deeply missed by her husband, Bill; children, Don, Diane Wigington (David), Denise Dolph (Dave), and Dean (Mark O’Neill); grandchildren Stephen (Ashley) and Cameron MacDonald, Melissa Bottoms (Kyle), Michael Dolph, Jacob Cummer; great-grand-daughter Charlotte MacDonald; and step-son William Allen Cummer (Jan DeGrass).

She was predeceased by her parents, William and Mary Murray, and her sister and four brothers.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Monday, January 10, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A celebration of Marion’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, we encourage our friends and loved ones to donate directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com.

In living memory of Marion Cummer a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Clare Atkinson :

    To Dean and Mark and the Cummer family

    We were very sorry to hear of your loss and are thinking of you. Losing your mum is a shock whether it was expected or not.

    With our condolences and sympathy and very much love

    Clare, Graham, Lizzie and Katie

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  2. Elizabeth Bacon-Smith :

    Dear Don and the rest of your family ~

    I am so sorry for the deep loss of your beloved mother. Reading about her life here, I can see what a full and productive life she led. If you may find some comfort in that and knowing how deeply she loved all of you, may you find that comfort and peace.

    My heart is with you during this terrible time of loss and adjustment to life without your beloved mother.

    Love,
    Lizzy

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  3. To Dean and his family!! So sad to hear of your Mom’s death. Her obituary was wonderfully written; what an amazing person she was!! There is no doubt she will be remembered by many!!

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  4. Brian & Sandie Nixon :

    Sincerest condolences to the Cummer family. Mrs. Cummer will always have a special place in our hearts. We have many memories of “Denise’s mom” and all of them bring a smile to our faces.

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  5. Dean, Mark and all the Cummer family,
    So so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Mom was fortunate to be surrounded by her loving family, to be taken care of in the way she took care of all of you. She sounded like a truly wonderful wife and mother.
    Sending my thoughts and love,
    Nancy Lang (Toronto)

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  6. Catherine Hall :

    Dean, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s recent passing. Although I didn’t know her, she sounded like an amazing woman and someone I would have liked to meet. Please know that our thoughts and condolences are with you and your family at this very difficult time.
    With our deepest sympathy,
    Catherine & Alex

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  7. To the Cummer family

    I am so sorry for your great loss.
    Marion Cummer was a gracious, charming and elegant person and I will cherish the memory of meeting her.

    With my sympathy and love..
    Evelyn

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  8. Yvan Corbeil & James Drost :

    Dear Dean & Mark

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss and are thinking of you at this time.

    With sympathy,

    Yvan, James & Tennessee

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  9. Cathy Holditch :

    Dear Uncle Bill and Family,
    I was sad to get the news that Aunty Marion passed away. I will always remember our last meeting in December. Aunty Marion looked so beautiful in her blue dress…
    I send my love and sympathy to you all.

    Love, Cathy

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  10. Fritz and Antra Kugler :

    Dear Don and Jacob,

    We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom and Grandmom. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now, and in the days to come.

    Antra, Fritz, Martin and Natalie

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  11. Dear Bill,

    I note with sadness Marion’s passing and offer my condolences herewith.

    It occurs to me that if you are still in the house on Signal Hill that you likely will want to move. To that end it may be useful for you to know that I moved in 2005 from Sydenham Road to a seniors residence, Manor Village at Rocky Ridge, 450 Rocky Vista Gardens NW, which I find very satisfactory and think you would also.

    I am no longer able to walk, but use scooters to get around. So I cannot attend a funeral. But if you can get around, I would like you to visit, perhaps for lunch or dinner. I can show you this place if you’re interested. But the invitation is open if you’re not interested in moving.

    Warren

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  12. Matthew Teghtmeyer :

    Dear Bill, Don, Diane, Denise, Dean and family.

    I am so sorry to hear about Marion’s passing. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

    Matt

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  13. Christine Gingerick (nee Andersen) :

    Dean and family,
    Although we haven’t been in touch for many years, I was saddened by reading the news of your Mom’s passing. I cherish those childhood memories – your mother always made me feel welcome. You are in my thoughts.
    Christine

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  14. To Bill and Family,
    We are saddened to hear of Marion’s passing. Wishing we could be there with you we are sending hugs. May your many fond memories give you peace.
    Love Bill and Rhonda

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  15. Barbara Morris :

    Dear Don,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom.

    My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Barbara

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  16. Marino Giancarlo :

    Dear Denise, Dave and Family;
    Denise, I am saddened to hear about the passing of your mom. I remember you always spoke fondly of her and in reading the obituary I can see that she was a very special person. Please take comfort in knowing that the memories you have of Marion will be with you during this difficult time and forever.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    With sympathy, Marino Giancarlo

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  17. Jim and Margaret Armstrong :

    Dear Bill and Family,

    Our deepest condolences to you all on the loss of your beloved wife, mother and friend. Her memory will be cherished always.

    Jim and Margaret

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  18. Wendy Zatylny :

    Dear Bill, Don, Diane, Denise, Dean, and all of Marion’s family,

    Please accept my deepest sympathy on Marion’s passing. She was always so kind to me, and I have missed her in my life these past years. But I remember her visits very fondly. One of my best memories was when she visited me and Don one summer, and decided that it was high time for us to tackle the basement of the Riverdale Avenue house. I came home to see this woman, with manicured nails and in gold jewelry and petite sandals, wielding a crowbar and surrounded by debris and chunks of drywall. That, to me, exemplified Marion’s spirit. The wonderful picture on the memorial page brought that back, and is how I will always remember her.

    I wish I could be there in person tomorrow, but Jacob will carry my condoleances. Know that you are in my thoughts at this time.

    Hugs to you all – Wendy

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  19. Bob and Lois Traquair :

    Bill, we are very sorry to read that Marion has passed away. As sad as it is it brings to mind the enjoyable times we had in London and Bermuda as well, of course, as Toronto when you passed through on some of your travels.
    Our sincere condolences to you and the family.

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  20. Thomas Thomsen :

    Dear Denise, Dave and Family.

    I am sorry to hear that you Mom has passed away.
    Sincerely,
    Thomas, Janice and Kristian

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  21. Dean and Mark,

    Please accept my love and kind thoughts on the death of your mother, Dean.

    My condolences to the rest of your family.

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  22. Bill, Don, Diane, Denise, Dean & all extended family-

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. How lucky Marion was to have you all present the beautiful memory book to her at Christmas time. The fact that you all participated in pulling together a life in pictures was well-timed.

    Love,
    Patty

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