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CURRIE, Lillian Maud (nee LeMarquand)

Our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Lillian was born in Montreal, Quebec on Jan 7, 1916 to the late Arthur and Maud LeMarquand. She graduated from West Hill HS and then attended the McGill Conservatory of Music where she received her ARCT diploma (piano). Lillian married James (Jim) Currie in Jasper, Alberta on June 29, 1940 and moved with him to British Columbia. Following WWII Jim continued in the Army as a career officer and he and Lillian were posted to many locations including Ottawa, Vancouver, Edmonton and the UK. After his career in the military, Jim joined the Trade Commissioner Service and he and Lillian went to Ottawa, Iran and Washington DC. Lillian was a great asset to Jim’s career. She was an excellent hostess and made friends wherever she went. After retirement Lillian and Jim moved to Jim’s hometown of Victoria, BC where they spent many happy years. After Jim’s passing, Lillian moved to Calgary to be close to her family. Besides enjoying spending time with family, Lillian was an avid bridge player and played in several groups. She was also known for her wonderful sense of style. In 2011 following a brief illness, Lillian moved to the Newport Harbour Care Centre. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff for their excellent care of and kindness to Lillian in her last years. Special thanks to Suzette for her compassionate care of Lillian in her final months.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter Catherine (Stuart) Mugford; grandson Jim Mugford; great-grandson Max Mugford; sister in law Eileen LeMarquand; nephews and nieces Philip (Pat) White, Barb (Bruce) Unich, David (Janice) Griffin, Grant (Wendy) LeMarquand, Ann LeMarquand, Laurie Devlin and their families.

Lillian was predeceased by her husband Jim; infant daughter Elizabeth; granddaughter Joanne Mugford; sister Amy White; brothers Art and Gordon LeMarquand; and sister in law Marjorie LeMarquand.

A memorial service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB) on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Peter Coutts of Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church presiding. Reception to follow at the funeral home. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Ostomy Canada Society, #210 – 5800 Ambler Drive Mississauga ON L4W 4J4,
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In living memory of Lillian Currie, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Grant LeMarquand

    Dear Cathy and Stu

    Wendy and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of my dear Aunt Lillian.

    I have such fond memories of visiting Lillian and Jim when they were living in Victoria. Lillian and I spent hours sitting up talking about family, and especially about my father – I learned more about him from her than I did from him! It has been wonderful to be able to visit with Lillian in Calgary over the last couple of years.

    May the presence of God be very present with you as you grieve her passing.


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  2. Cathy and Stuart,

    Pat and I both offer our condolences on the passing of Auntie Lillian.
    I didn’t see a great deal of Auntie Lillian when I was young. She was always away, living in what to me seemed like some wondrous part of the world – England, Iran, Washington. My mother kept me informed about my aunt with stories of her whereabouts. To me, she lived an exotic life and when she came to see us it was like receiving a royal visit.
    One of my most vivid memories of Lillian occurred one summer when she kept me for two weeks at her home in Bells Corners near Ottawa. I would have been eight or nine years old at the time and I have no doubt now that staying with my aunt was prompted by my parents’ need for a break from their son. As an adult I’ve come to recognize how tolerant she was with a little boy who would disappear with the other neighbourhood children for hours at a time and who’s boundless energy got him into one scrape after another, all brought about by his craving for adventure and his complete disregard for consequences.
    My Auntie Lillian was always kind to me and I’ll continue to think of her, as I always have, with great affection.


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  3. Bonnie Mugford

    Dear Cathy & Stuart,
    Bill and I were sad to hear of your “mum’s” passing, but we know that you are blessed to have many wonderful memories of her from a long life, well lived.
    Affectionately, Bill & Bonnie Mugford

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  4. Jacqueline Martin

    My most sincere and heartfelt condolences to Cathy, Stu, Jim and Max on the passing of Lillian Currie. After knowing the family for over 30 years, it was my extreme pleasure to become a companion for Lillian in the last 10 months. What a wonderful, enlightening experience it was for me. What a grand old lady she was! During the first few months we would talk about our families, how much she loved the flowers Cathy would send her and how important family was to her. Then as she grew weaker and weaker we would read the Hello Magazine and talk about the royal family and the upcoming wedding. She really should have been royalty herself. Thanks to Suzette, her caregiver, she was always the best dressed woman on the ward with lipstick, earrings and appropriate coloured sweater. She loved her great grandson Max so much and was thrilled when I brought my grand daughter to visit her. We should all hope for such a rewarding and meaningful life. I know that she and Joanne are happily spending some much deserved time together in heaven, where they both belong.

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