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HANLEY, Marjory Edith

February 10, 1939 – Carmangay, Alberta
May 24, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Marjory lets her friends and community know of her peaceful passing after a long illness.

Left to celebrate her life is Bill, her beloved husband of 57 years, children Ken (Lisa Olund), Doug, and Susan (Richard Harbert and sons Jeremy and Julian), and granddaughters Courtney (Jarrett), Caitlin (Brett), Jill (Cody), and Erin.

Supporting Bill are Marj’s older brother Don Miller (Doreen), many nieces and nephews, and the amazing friends who have been by Bill’s side since Marj took ill.

Marj was predeceased by her parents Kenneth and Alice Miller, her older brother Robert, and her sister-in-law Sarah.

Marj was born and raised on the family farm near Carmangay, Alberta in 1939, and she remained the ever-practical farm girl to the end of her days.

She graduated from the Nursing program at the University of Alberta in 1959. After meeting Bill in 1960 and marrying him shortly thereafter, Marj and Bill began their lives together in Edmonton, before moving out to west coast for a couple of years, and eventually settling in Calgary, where they’ve been for the past 51 years. Along the way, and aside from the kids, they were never without a cat – or two or three – for Marj to cuddle with at the end of the day.

As a Registered Nurse, Marj was instrumental in petitioning the Alberta government to develop a recertification course for nurses returning to work after raising their families. Marj was a proud graduate of the recertification program in 1974, and returned to nursing full-time at Rockyview Hospital before retiring in the late 1990’s.

An accomplished pianist – not many people knew that – and a masterful bridge player – everyone knew that – Marj spent her retirement enjoying both, as well as book club (the house was always full of books), travelling with Bill, and enjoying her grandchildren. She was always involved in the programs and activities at Southwood United Church – from choir to UCW to Bible Study – where she and Bill have belonged since their arrival in Calgary in 1967.

Marj’s family is eternally grateful to the Southwood United family for the prayers, visits, meals, support, and endless kindness they have shown both Marj and Bill over the years, and especially during her illness. Thank you also to Intercare Southwood for their compassionate care of Marj during her short time there.

A celebration – and we mean celebration – of Marj’s life will be held on Friday, June 1st at 11AM at Southwood United Church, located at 10690 Elbow Dr. SW, Calgary, AB. Wear bright colours please – she would have loved that.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ovarian Cancer Research – Alberta Cancer Foundation, or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

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  1. To Bill and family, Duke and Betty du Plessis send sincere condolences on Marj’s passing. We will fondly remember her and may she rest in peace.

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  2. Shannon Neustaeter (Thedroff) :

    Mrs. Hanley opened the door to her home and allowed me a safe and loving place to stay when I was going through some very hard times in my teens. She had such a huge heart and I will never forget the family dinners and her doing laundry while I was trying to take a shower downstairs. She accepted me as not only Sue’s friend, but as a shirttail relative without judging or making me feel less about myself. She was truly a remarkable woman. My deepest condolences to Sue and the entire Hanley clan.

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