It is with great sadness and tremendous loss that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother at the age of 89, at home with family by her side.
Marianne was born in Revelstoke, BC on April 1, 1927 to parents Evelyn Evans (nee Holmstrom) and Russell Evans of Beaton, BC, the 6th of 9 children. She was a gifted and beautiful child who was always at the top of her class, and as the fastest runner she was the person sent for the nurse when anyone was in need. Marianne was an intelligent woman who longed for university and higher learning, history being her subject of choice.
Her desire to do her best was a strong part of her personality and work ethic. She worked hard at every job, her favourite being an assistant in a photography studio. She was socially and politically active. She volunteered for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Scouts Canada, and campaigned for numerous charities. She was very involved in BC politics in the 60’s and 70’s becoming good friends with several of the province’s leaders. She was often asked to run for office, but the spotlight was never her favourite place. She always said if there were 2 other people in the room she couldn’t shut up and if there were more than 3 that she couldn’t open her mouth, but behind the scenes her contributions were significant.
As a mother of 5, she was tireless when it came to caring for her family. She kept the house and gardens in pristine shape. Her cooking skills led her to work in many restaurants and dining rooms in BC and Alberta and she never served anything less than delicious. She was a talented and meticulous knitter and crocheted heirloom pieces. She was “Mom” to her kid’s friends and many others she met along the way. Marianne was fun loving and enjoyed a good prank or a bit of silliness. She was always ready with a smile or a kind word. She taught her kids to believe that as a society we are only as strong as the weakest of us. She was thoughtful and insightful and to all that knew her she was elegant, a “true lady”.
Marianne was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and lupus in the 90’s and later developed a movement disorder and recently pancreatic cancer. This made the last years of her life very hard and physically painful, but she never gave up and always believed in a positive future.
She often talked about dancing on her 100th birthday and we are sure she will kick up her heels in heaven with the Lord by her side. She will be able to dance free of pain and sickness, long into the wee hours of the morning.
Marianne is survived by her children Jak (Tammy) and family, Bill (Melanie), Valerie (Keith) and Wendy; her grandsons Ben and Braden and her brother Bennett. She was predeceased by her oldest son Monty, her husband Bill, her brothers Richard, George and Bill, her sisters Janey, Olive, Min and Blenda and her parents Evelyn and Russell Evans.
Mom, your kind and generous spirit make us all want to be better people. You will be missed more than words can express and your legacy of caring will live on. If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.
“If flowers grow in heaven, Lord, then pick a bunch for me. Then place them in my mother’s arms and tell her they’re from me. Tell her that I love and miss her and when she turns to smile, place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile.”
“If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.”
A funeral service for Marianne will be held at McPherson Funeral Home in Cranbrook on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Burial will follow in Westlawn Cemetery. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in honour of Marianne may do so to the: Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, Okanagan/Kootenays Area Office, #4, 1551 – Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9M9 or the : Canadian Cancer Society, #202, 105 – 9th Avenue South, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 2M1.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
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Marianne Edith Worobec
April 1, 1927 – March 14, 2017