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HUGHES, Marjorie (Marj) Jane (nee Southernwood)

August 24, 1923 – Estevan, Saskatchewan
January 12, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Marjorie Hughes of Calgary, AB passed away on January 12, 2019 at the age of 95 years.

Marj graduated from high school and Commercial Secretarial training in Estevan and worked as a secretary in the oil and gas and medical fields before marrying her beloved Leslie. Subsequently, she became a dedicated homemaker and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

A devoted family matriarch; she was vibrant, outgoing, caring, and generous. Marjorie was a gifted pianist, organist, and musician. She was an accompanist for church, nursing homes, school, and community choirs. Her musical talent brought joy to many. Marjorie was seldom idle and enjoyed activities such as sewing and crocheting. She was a long-time member of the Order of Eastern Star. Marj also enjoyed her involvement in duplicate bridge, where she met many dear and lifelong friends.

Marjorie will be lovingly remembered by her children, Joanne (Ken), Robert (Kathy), and Robyn (Marc); her grandchildren, Manda (Phil), James, John (Pam), Debra, Monique, Rachelle, Jennelle, Alyssa, Kathleen, Ali, and Thomas; her great-grandchildren, Nikki, Jesse (Erin), Dylan, Maia, Kate, and Anna; and her great-great-grandchildren, Kade and Noah. She will also be deeply missed by her sister Iris Eggan; nieces and nephews, Kim (Mark), Bruce, Tracy, Laurie, Tim, Rod, and Jim. She was predeceased by her devoted and loving husband Leslie; her brother Ron and sister in law Wanda; and her brother in law Neal. She was also predeceased by ex-husband Harry Forsyth.

In accordance with Marjorie’s wishes, a private family memorial will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Marjorie Hughes, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. The Calgary Multicultural Choir sends its sincere condolences to the family. Marjorie was our piano accompanist from 1979 to 1998, working closely with conductor Marilyn Perkins for half of those years. Our long term members remember Marjorie as a very generous musician who opened her home for choir parties where we all sang heartily to her piano accompaniment. We are grateful for her gifts. May she rest in peace.

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  2. Hello Joanne and family
    I was sorry to read of your mother’s passing in Jan 12. It was the same day as that of my mother. I share your grief.
    Please know others are thinking about you.
    Sandra Follett

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  3. Margaret & Carolyn Menzies

    To Marj’s Family……

    We were so sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. She was a wonderful person and we will miss her. We met Marj in 1969 when we became members of Friendship Chapter #125, Order of the Eastern Star. She was pianist for our Eastern Star Installation ceremonies and pianist for my daughter and sister’s funeral service. Marj was so generous in sharing the gift of her music with our family. Please know you are not alone in your sadness. Warm thoughts and our deepest sympathy are with you.

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