Marjorie Alice (Marge) Bessaw

Marjorie Alice (Marge) Bessaw

AKA “The Shuswap Gambler” – Our dear friend Marge quietly passed away at Shuswap Lake General Hospital on July 20, 2012 at the great age of 96. Marge had an amazing life, marrying the love of her life Steve, the two of them enjoyed more than 50 years together, until Steve’s passing in 1992. Marge is fondly remembered for her love of travel, gambling, jewellery making, curling and of course bingo, her great style and always beautifully manicured nails and her hair, which until recently, she cut, coloured and permed herself. She was loved by everyone and will be missed from the heart.

Marge was born in Gore Bay, Ontario, the youngest of 3. She received her Diploma in hairdressing in 1936 and opened her own shop wherever they lived. Steve and Marge retired to the Shuswap area and made many really good friends.

Marge was predeceased by her husband Steve, both parents, brothers Bob & Ernie Gilroy and niece Shirley Rodgers all of Ontario.

GREAT Aunt Marge is survived by her 2 grandnieces, Hallie and Kim and their children and grandchildren, all of Ontario. Also her chosen son Lyle Parlour of Salmon Arm and chosen daughter Dolly Beck (Cliff) of Courtenay and many close friends.

For the special care given to our Marge we would like to thank Dr. Lourens , the staff at the Shuswap Hospital, the nurses and staff from Community Care Services, and her friends at Askews .

A Memorial reception was held in the Mountainside room at Bowers Funeral Home on Friday morning, July 27, 2012 at 10 a.m. with Jack Bowers the celebrant with various tributes shared by her friends.

Email condolences may be sent to Marge’s obituary at

Your condolences will be approved within one business day. You will need a valid Facebook account. Please email us if you have any questions.