I was so sad to hear about Marion. We got to know her and her family very well, starting at the South Y, when she and Ginny Schultz were coaches for our girls in mini synchro. I would say that Marion was a disruptor, as she (an Ginny) have had the most major influence on our family, in encouraging one of our girls to join Aquabelles. We are still involved in synchro, and it has been more than 35 years - all positive. Speaking about Marion and her sense of humour - I remember a wardrobe malfunction that resulted from me using a rubberized material for swim suit bottoms for Sarah and Andrea as duet partners. The suits were the perfect colour for the "Wonder women routine", but the bottoms, being more like raincoats, did not work well in the water. I am sure Marion had a laugh about that, and once we got the suit part corrected to the right material (and colour), all went well. When I heard about the beaver costume, I was reminded of the Carol Burnett show with Harvey Corman and Tim Conway - not a word needs to be spoken - just a look( the buck teeth) in the right direction and the laughter begins. I also remember the help from Lorne when a group of little girls from the south Y did a clown routine. The lack of skill of the 7 or 8 year olds was made up by Coach Marion's creative/dramatic entrance of having about 10 kids climb out or emerge from this flat fronted vehicle. She will be missed. Mary Lou Alexander and family
Lorne and Family,
I was saddened to learn of Marion’s passing. I will always remember her as a lovely hostess at Engineers’ Wives Dinner Club events during my early days in Calgary. She was a woman of many talents, and I admired her very much. I wish you all peace and best wishes.
How sad we are to hear of Marion’s passing. We realize the last years have been difficult. We are happy to know she is in a better place.
I first met Marion when she was the year ahead of me at University. Everyone looked up to her because of her many talents— including looking spectacular in the clothes either she or her Mother had sewn. We then worked together doing TV shows in Manitoba.
Both of us moved to Alberta in the early 70’s. Our friendship continued visiting back and forth spending weekends together, watching one another’s children grow into successful adults.
Marion was such a kind and thoughtful person— and oh so very organized. Her family was always her top priority. Her laugh was contagious. She and Rich loved teasing one another.
Our sincere condolences to Lorne, Andrea , Michelle and families. We will miss her greatly but our happy memories will help all of us at this sad time. Rich and Grace Whitehouse
Dear Lorne and family, Marion was a lovely cheerful lady brought a ray of sunshine into the room. The last time Jack and I saw her was at the Kaiser's Anniversary party in their home a few years back and although I knew Marion was having some issues, she was the same bright cheerful person I'd remembered. We send our condolences at this difficult time for all of you.
Jack and Carol Part
Dear Lorne Kelly and Family,
We send you our sincere condolences at Marion"s passing. Be comforted in knowing that when someone you love becomes a memory,that memory becomes a treasure. May you forever treasure your wonderful memories of Marion.
You are in our prayers,
Hank & Doreen Laska.
To the Kelly Family,
I am very sorry to hear of Marions passing. My last memory of Marion was playing golf with her and a couple of friends a few years ago. Marion’s illness had started to impact her life, but not on the golf course! Marion was just very accomplished at whatever she did in life. I have very fond memories of Marion when we volunteered with the Youth singers of Calgary and her leadership was above and beyond.
May Marion Rest In Peace and may the family be surrounded by God’s love at this difficult time. And most of all, may all the family be comforted with great memories of a wonderful lady.
Our sincere condolences to Lorne and the family. Marion was an incredible lady and will be missed by all who knew her.
She was bright, witty, and very competent. We loved her sense of humour and her great laugh. We have known Marion for many years and always enjoyed her company. We have many fond memories. We will always remember and cherish our dinners together, our bridge evenings, our travels with the bridge group and of course, the car rallies.
It has been quite a journey for Marion the last few years and may she now rest in peace.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Walter and Kathy Litvinchuk
Our heartfelt condolences go out to you, Lorne and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. Rod and Teddie Ulrich
Our sincere and heart felt condolences to you and your family. A great loss that will surely be missed. We are sure glad we had the times together at the Petrovicz reunions and the golf tournaments.
Our sincere condolences to Lorne, the girls and their families at this sad time. I met Marion a number of years ago when we served on the Personnel committee at the church. We hit it off immediately because she had such a quirky sense of humour and great laugh! We had great fun together that spilled over into co-hosting variety shows and organizing car rallies with Lorne. She was also a great cook and I still make her fruit flan! It has been a long journey for Marion, Lorne and the family - one that they have walked together with love, compassion and dignity. We hope that her death will bring some peace and comfort for all.
Lynn and Bill Judd
My sincerest condolences to Lorne and the family. I am sure it has been a very difficult few years. I have so many fond memories of Marion. We were in the same choir for years, carpooled together and did several talent shows together. Marion was so creative and kept us organized and on task (which wasn't always an easy job). I have missed her at choir these past few years and think of her often.
My sincere condolences to Lorne, Andrea, Michelle and the Scrymgeour and Kelly families on Marion’s passing. It has been a long hard-fought battle for Marion and an equally long time of concern and worry for the family. I hope that her passing will in some way give everyone some sense of peace.
I have many fond memories of Marion going back to when I first met her when we were 12. We attended high school and university together. The highlight of our summers was the weekends we spent at the Scrymgeour family cottage at Gimli. At the end of the last summer weekends at Gimli, Marion introduced me to my future husband. I moved away from Winnipeg but Marion and I always saw each other when I returned at least once a year to visit my family. We were married a month apart and were maids of honour for each other. We kept in touch over the years and had some holidays together even though we lived across the country from each other. I moved to Kelowna 13 years ago and we continued annual visits for several years. We even spent a short time together in Arizona.
Marion was remarkable for many reasons, not the least of which was her drive, determination and competitive spirit, exhibited early on in high school when she pulled many all-nighters. As a friend it was her sense of humour and her loyalty. Even though we lived far apart for most of our lives, I have always felt a strong bond with her and I know it will continue forever.
I have spent the last few days with so many memories floating in my head for my dear friend, Marion. I’ve known her since childhood and she was a treasure in my life. Today I want to share memories from our days in Gimli, Manitoba. Our families both owned cottages a few blocks apart and we would spend time at each other’s summer abodes often. I remember:
Going to the Gimli Theatre and being terribly embarrassed sitting with the Scrymgeour women, even moving a couple of rows back to avoid being stared at as they reacted to the screen, loud boisterous laughter if it was a comedy and heartbreaking sobs if it was a tragedy!
Going to dances at the Gimli Pavilion and jiving to In The Mood! Our Mothers would hang off the screens outside to check up on us and make sure we were behaving!
Making regular runs to the Gimli Bakery for Imperial Cookies!
Marion complaining that staying at my cabin was akin to being at a concentration camp because we weren’t allowed leave until all the work was done including washing all the floors daily. She kept coming back though, my family loved her as much as I did so there was always more fun than work.
And always lots of laughter and kindness, that was her M.O. ❤️
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Marion was such a lovely person and I am glad that I met her while swimming with the Calgary Aquamums. She always had a smile on her face and took joy in everything she did. I hope the cherished memories that you have of Marion will bring you some comfort.
Thinking of you and your family, Lorne, and extending our sincere sympathy. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Pat and Clarence Lomheim.
We are so sad for the loss of your family's dearest loved one! Your many friends in the current membership and alumni of the 'Youth Singers of Calgary' grieve with you. During the many years Andrea was a member of YSC, Marion was so supportive and an awesome volunteer in various YSC departments. May you find the strength to move through this difficult time and cherish all the beautiful memories that will hopefully comfort each of you; Lorne, Andrea, Michelle & your families.
From all your friends at the Youth Singers of Calgary, the Board of Directors, the Management, the Staff and our current & past Performers. Shirley Penner (CEO) & husband, Don McLean
Heartfelt condolences Lorne and girls. Marion was a bright spot in the many years we worked together at Consumer Affairs, shared professional association and gathered at synchro events. No matter how challenging the situation, Marion could be counted on to bring warmth, humor and insight....also wonderful edibles.
Fun times at your home and workplace will long be remembered as will Marion’s kind and generous spirit.
We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to you Lorne and to your family. May your memories of the good times, the smiles and laughter, and the wonderful life you shared bring you comfort.
Christine Mihailedes and Peter Ruptash
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