November 9, 1925– Clive, AB January 18, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Marjorie Cunningham Smith passed away peacefully at the McKenzie Towne Retirement Centre with her family at her side on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the age of 88 years.
Marjorie was born in Clive, Alberta and received her education there. She was the youngest person to enroll in the School of Nursing at the Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary and graduated with her RN in September 1946.
Marjorie met Alex while she was nursing in Edmonton and they married on December 29, 1948. Marjorie and Alex spent their first five years of marriage living in a trailer in many towns across the prairies while Alex worked seismic and Marjorie continued her nursing career. Their first child, Danny, was born in 1951 and following the birth of their second son, Howie in 1953, the family settled in Edmonton. Donna, Marjorie’s only daughter, was born in 1956 and passed away in December 1958 due to a heart condition. Their youngest, Keith, was born in August 1960 and shortly thereafter Alex left the oil business. Looking for stability, Alex started a trucking company with Marjorie’s brother Vern and relocated the family to Calgary.
Following the move to Calgary, Marjorie decided to take time off from work to be at home with her children. After several years, she returned to nursing on a part time basis in 1966 and retired in the early 1970s.
Marjorie was a dedicated volunteer. She worked with Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank, and together with Kathleen Hatlelid they delivered Meals on Wheels for thirty years. In addition to volunteering, Marjorie was an avid and a very accomplished bridge player. Through her bridge clubs she made many long lasting friendships. Marjorie’s idea of a vacation was going on a cruise. This was often with family and friends as long as there was time for playing bridge on the boat.
Marjorie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a wonderful cook, and loved entertaining friends and family. She was a kind, caring, and loving person. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Marjorie is survived by her loving husband Alex; sons Howie (Gayle), and Keith (Debra); daughter-in-law Donna; grandchildren, Jason (Stacey), Cameron, Ian (Adrienne), Taryn (Omid) and Tyler; and great-grandson Timothy. She was predeceased by her parents Ruth and Bob McCormack; daughter Donna; and son Danny.
A Celebration of Marjorie’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on February 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Flowers are graciously declined; however if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Meals on Wheels, 3610 Macleod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 2P9 Telephone: (403) 243-2834, www.mealsonwheels.com or to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403) 290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com. The family would like to thank Dr. V. Phillips and the palliative team of Dr. M. Celis and Angela Ferguson. We would also like to thank the caring staff at the McKenzie Towne Retirement Centre.
In living memory of Marjorie Smith 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