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REESOR, Marian Katherine

October 7, 1920 – March 10, 2012

Marian Reesor of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the age of 91 years.

Marian Reesor was born at Consul, Saskatchewan on October 7, 1920. In August of 1940, she married Joseph (Joe) Reesor, and for fifty-eight years, until Joe’s death in 1997, they became “Joe and Marian”. In 1941, Joe joined the RCAF so farming was put on hold until the war ended in 1945, while he was stationed at various bases including Calgary.

During their time in Calgary, the first of three sons, David (Dave) was born. After the end of the war in 1945, Joe and Marian returned to the farm in Consul where two more sons, Daryl (Derry) and Richard (Dick) were born. Joe farmed and Marian was a busy homemaker; looking after three boys, and preparing (often with Joe’s help), for what, over the forty odd years at Consul, would have been thousands of guests.

They were also very active in the community until, due to Joe’s health, their retirement from the farm, and the move to Calgary in 1983.

Calgary was a chance to relax a bit, golf, spend more time with old friends, make new friends, and travel. They visited the United States including Hawaii, each Canadian province, and Europe.

When they moved to Calgary they had immediately begun volunteer work with various organizations, and they continued with this activity until shortly before Joe’s sudden passing in 1997.

Now on her own, Marian continued her visitation and phone call “encouragement ministry”; not only to people in institutions or in their homes, but with people she met on transit, in malls or wherever she happened to be.

Music was one of her lifelong joys; she constantly amused her children and grandchildren with her habit of whistling, or breaking into song, wherever she happened to be; sidewalks, malls, or on the bus.

After a series of falls leading up to her near death in 2009, she moved into Father Lacombe Care Centre where the staff, daily living out their mission and core values, helped her return to a comfortable degree of health. She regained her joie de vivre, her love of music, and her passion to love the lonely.

After a brief hospitalization following a fall on March 6, 2012, she was returned to the care of Father Lacombe, and her family. She passed away peacefully on March 10.

Marian is survived by her sons and their spouses, Dave and Meritha, Daryl and Jane, and Dick and Cathy; her grandchildren, Deanna and Darryl Oxtoby, David “RJ” and Darrellinn “Elli” Reesor (all of Calgary), Vance and Lauren (Vancouver), Kristy (Red Deer), Heather (Swift Current), and Julie (St. Paul), Tracey and Barry Noga (Bow Island), Brad Mckelvey and Becky (Medicine Hat); and her great-grandchildren, Taylor, Travis, and Tomara, Becky and Brooklynne, Brett, Brianna, Kaeleigh, Meghann, Jarrett, Kaitlin, Ethan, Dylan,  Carter, Lucas, Cypress and Linken.

She was predeceased by her husband Joseph (Joe) Reesor; grandson Tyson Reesor; father Henry Peterson; mother Edna (Peterson) Askin; sisters Fay Sonnegren and Grace Morrison; and brother Henry (Pete) Peterson.

A Celebration of Marian’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) at a later date. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Marian Reesor, 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.

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  1. Carl @Terri Kaechele :

    Reesor family-We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Marian.We remember many good coffee times spent with Marian and Joe
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Carl and Terri

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  2. Reesor family– Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Marian was a delightful lady and we know that she will be missed.
    Carl and Terri Kaechele

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  3. lina jamison :

    My sincere condolences.

    I won’t forget Marian’s beauty, sweet smile, soft voice, and gentle manners. Whenever she came to the Gift Shop, I would remind myself that she’s the kind of woman I would like to emulate the rest of my life.

    It has been a real pleasure and honour meeting a great woman like Marian. I will surely miss her visits.

    Lina Jamison

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