August 26, 1947 – Brantford, Ontario
May 13, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta
Marlene of Calgary, AB, passed away on May 13, 2018 at the age of 70 years.
Marlene’s memory lives on in her daughter, Wanda Williams; her sister, Shirley (Don) Woodard.
Marlene was predeceased by her brother Ronald Immel.
You always protected me, cared for me, supported me and loved me, even when I made it almost impossible. You stood behind me to let me shine and always had my back. You stood beside me when I had no one else. You fought so hard for years and didn’t want to leave. Not because of fear or anger of not getting to do or have more, it was because you were worried about me.
I miss you so much Momma Tree (You and I alone know the story behind that nickname). In the end the only thing I could do for you was to let you go. Let you know it was okay to let go. I didn’t say it because I don’t love you or wanted you to go. Far from it. I did it because I think you needed to hear it, to have any peace. I think you were waiting for it, I hope it eased your heart.
Thank you for letting me be there with you when you left. I would have never forgiven myself if I wasn’t. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done-needed to do for you. You couldn’t have had anyone beside you that loves you more than I do. After 44 years of being on the receiving end of so much love, support and care, I hope what I did was enough, I wish I could have said “I love you” more. There are never enough “I love you’s”.
In your honour I will tell the story that you loved and always made you laugh no matter how many times I told it. It’s a true story with a ‘Twist’ I always put on it. It’s the story of how I was named. After I was born the nurse handed me to my Mom. Smiling, the nurse asked “What would you like to name her?”. Mom, exhausted, looked at the nurse and said “Oh ya, I have to name her too”, with a sigh she looked around the room and gazed upon another new mother in the bed across from her. Mom said “Hey, Hey you over there. What’s your name?” The woman replied “Wanda”. Mom waved her hand in the air and exclaimed “Okay, good enough. Name her Wanda”. Of course although my Mom did get my name from another mother in bed across from her, this did not happen in the flippant, annoyed, dismissive nature that I portray every time she told me to tell someone the story, but how it made you laugh.
Love you forever.
In living memory of Marlene Williams, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences