January 17, 1933 – Tilbury East Township, ON
May 31, 2013 – Calgary, AB
Marion Fern Fraser of Calgary passed away suddenly on Friday, May 31, 2013 at the age of 80 years. We will miss her twinkling baby blue eyes, sense of humor, determination, passion, and energy.
Marion is survived by her two treasured children, Neil Robert Innes Fraser (Margot) and Tracy Lynn Innes Holman, and her beloved grandchildren, Sophie, Liam, Skylar, and Spencer. She will be missed by her sister Ruth Ellen Leitch of Sarnia, ON, her brother-in-law Charles Gregor Innes Fraser (Nadine) of Calgary, AB, and her sister-in-law Isabel Ansley (Dr. Ralph) of Manly, Australia, as well as numerous nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her husband of thirty-five years Robert (Bob) Fraser whom she was looking forward to seeing in heaven.
Marion was born on January 17, 1933 in Tilbury, Ontario. She graduated from Public General Hospital in Chatham, Ontario in 1954 at the top of her nursing class. She joined TransCanada Airlines as a flight attendant in 1956. After she married Bob in 1961, she began her nursing career at Toronto Western Hospital surgical unit. When they moved to Halifax, Marion was in charge of a surgical outpatient clinic at Victoria General Hospital, and had her first child whom she and Bob nicknamed “Tiger”. The family moved to London in 1966 for a year and a daughter, Tracy, followed. In 1967, they returned to Toronto and Marion worked relief at both the Toronto Western and Mississauga Hospitals before the family decided to move west to Calgary in December 1968. In March 1969, Marion started working at Rockyview Hospital with pediatrics, surgical and medical patients. She was well respected by her patients, her peers, and the medical community. She would finish her career at Rockyview in 2000 – thirty-two years later. Although Marion loved her nursing career, nothing gave her more satisfaction and pride than her family. In her younger years Marion was active in the legion, golfing, bicycling, and babysitting her grandkids. As the years progressed, she found joy in reading, flowers, visiting with friends, and theater.
A Celebration of Marion’s Life will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (703 Heritage Drive S.W.) on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 781-1978, www.heartandstroke.ca. Our family would like to offer our sincerest gratitude to the caregivers at We Care Home Health Services, as well as for the generosity and caring of her friends that made it possible for mom to continue to live in her home.
In living memory of Marion Fraser, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences