Marion Gilmer (nee Shaver) passed away peacefully on Tues., Dec. 13, 2016. She was 95.
She was the loving wife of 69 years to Dwight Gilmer, who predeceased her in 2015. She was the loving mother of Richard (Debbie), Rodney, Carole Marriner, Reg (Charlene), and Anita (Greg Stubbings). She is survived by her 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and her sister, Shirley MacIntyre. She was predeceased by her son-in-law, Randy Marriner; her brother, Frank Shaver; and her in-laws, Harry and Percy Gilmer, Della Hunter, Annie Adams, and Irene Conley.
Marion spent her first 65 years near South Mountain — her childhood on a farm west of town, and her married life just south of town in Pleasant Valley. She enjoyed a successful teaching career in several Dundas county schools, following the educational transformation from one-room schoolhouses to the centralized Nationview Public School from which she retired in 1977. During this time, she supported Dwight’s expanding farming career while juggling her family and community obligations. In 1985, they moved to Iroquois, where she embraced the town life taking up new hobbies, including bridge, golf, reading for pleasure, boating (reluctantly), and watching the ships go by. Marion and Dwight enjoyed travelling, which took them to Cuba, Alaska, Europe, Panama, New Zealand, Australia, and many times across Canada. She volunteered in church and community, and was always there to care for her children and grandchildren, and cuddle her great-grandchildren. Marion’s final two and half years were spent very contently at the Hartford Retirement Residence in Morrisburg, where she could be found most days working on her word puzzles.
The family thanks Dr. Rivington, the caring staff at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, the Hartford Retirement Residence, and the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre for the wonderful care provided to Marion during her final years.
Friends called at Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquois on Fri., Dec. 16 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at Iroquois United Church on Sat., Dec. 17 at 11 am followed by interment at Spruce Haven Cemetery in Brinston.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com