Marlene Patricia Ward (King)
September 30, 1946 – September 15, 2017
You’ll always be with us, like a handprint on our hearts.
On Friday, September 15, 2017, our lives were forever changed with the death of Marlene Patricia Ward. The loss of this beautiful lady, whom we had the privilege to know, has left us all with broken hearts.
Marlene was a feisty, fun loving, and spirited woman, who loved her family unconditionally. Family was always first and foremost in her life, especially the children who were drawn to her generous spirit, like moths to a beacon. She was multi-talented and multi faceted; she excelled at cooking, calligraphy, photography, solving crossword puzzles, and playing the organ.
Marlene was an outstanding volunteer who contributed to many different facets of the community. Her contributions to the Beaver Valley were honored with the Beaver Valley Citizen of the Year in 1990. Over the years, Marlene was involved in the Beaver Valley Skating Club, Beaver Valley Manor, BC Winter Games, Community Policing, Trail Pipe Band Auxiliary, Royal Canadian Legion Branches 14 & 11 Ladies Auxiliary, and Christina Campers.
Marlene was the face and heart of Fruitvale Elementary as their secretary for 20 years. The name on her desk plate read, “Mrs. Warden” and her favourite part of each day was interacting with the students and tending to all their needs. She thoroughly enjoying running into her former students around town, always recognizing their faces and truly pleased to see them.
After her retirement in 2002, Marlene and George enjoyed spending more time at their beloved Christina Lake, and down in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island with their grandchildren.
Marlene suffered a stroke in 2007 that affected her speech and mobility, but despite the struggles she faced, Marlene did not lose her strength and fierce independence. Marlene’s amazing legacy has left an indelible imprint on our minds and in our hearts, as she now has her “angel wings”.
Marlene is reunited with her husband, George, her parents, George and Vera King, and her brother, George. Marlene is lovingly remembered by her daughter, LeeAnn (Scott), son, Jason (Krista), grandchildren, Samantha (Nik), Austin, Evan, & Riley, great grandchildren, Nash & Linden, sister, Lynn (Bruce), brother, Fred (Lori), and sister in-law, Ruth, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
The family is grateful for the team that supported Marlene’s medical needs over the last 10 years. Thank you to Dr. McCoid for her long term care, Dr. Dalla Lana, Dr. Halstead and Dr. Edge and the staff at KBRH for their care in her final days, and the amazing group at Serendipity (Laurie, Rita, Don, Cindy) for their love and support that allowed Marlene to stay at home as long as she desired.
Please join us to celebrate Marlene’s life at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Trail Royal Canadian Legion Branch #11.
As an expression of sympathy, the family requests that in memory of Marlene you donate to the BC Cancer Foundation at 686 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1G1 or perform a random act kindness by visiting the sick in the hospital, the home bound, or lending a hand to a neighbour.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence by visiting the family’s register at www.myalternatives.ca.
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