Marion Grace Marr

Marion Grace Marr

It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Marion on Feb. 11, 2014 at Hillside Village.

Born on July 3, 1914, Marion was the second youngest of eight children born to Ed and Mima Paynter. The pioneer Paynter family farmed near Tantallon Sask. When Mom was 12 years old the family moved to Vancouver where she attended the Fairview School of Commerce and graduated in 1932. While unable to find suitable employment for which she was trained Mom always found work to help the family during the 1930’s. Her focused, perseverant nature served her well during those difficult times. She was a planner with vision. No job was too big. Her sisters said she was somewhat stubborn but lovingly so.

Marion met Sid Marr on a Vancouver street car while traveling to work. They were married on Sept 9, 1939 until Dad’s passing in 2002. They made an incredible team. With Mom’s ability to visualize and Dad’s wood working skills house renovations and alterations were the norm. Family gatherings organized by Mom were frequent and large. Summers were a special time in the Marr family with camping trips throughout B.C. and Washington State. In 1975 Marion and Sid moved from their long term home in North Vancouver to Salmon Arm to be closer to their children and their families.

Mom was an artist. As children we were very familiar with smell of oil paints and turpentine. We knew the difference between pastels, charcoals, and watercolours. Again Dad would help with frame construction, stretching canvas and hanging pictures at shows and galleries. Mom’s paintings hang in many Salmon Arm homes and will be a cherished legacy for all family members. In later years she worked mostly with silk paintings. Many were done well after her eyesight began to fail.

She is survived by her sons Allan (Karen), their children Shannon Seed (Greg) and Cameron (Jennifer), and Brian (Rochelle) their children Braden (Leila), Travis and Daidri. Great gramma will be missed by Graeme, Evan, Reid, Meghan, Malcolm, Kathleen (Brendan), Piper, Maylani, and Renn.

The family would like to thank the staff at Picadilly Terrace, Hillside Village and Dr. Du Plessis for the excellent care provided.

At Mom’s request there will be no service. A spring time family gathering will be arranged.

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