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MARIAN VERLYN GILLIES (published on February 06, 2010)



MARIAN VERLYN GILLIES (nee Rattray) 1921 - 2010 It is with great sadness and love in our hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our Mom, Marian Gillies, in the early morning hours of February 1, 2010 at the age of 88. Marian was the dearly beloved wife of the late Jim Gillies (1919-2000). Left behind to cherish the memory of Marian are her children, Greg (Carol), Gail and Susan (Ronald (Kim), grandchildren Scott (Stephanie) and Kara (Micah), and great-grandchildren Dailey, Austin and Regan. Marian was the loving daughter of the late Graham and Marian and devoted sister of the late Vernon. Many dear friends, relatives, neighbours, Susan's cat Vinnie and the family dog Renee all held a special place in her heart. As a young woman Marian followed in her father's entertainment footsteps. Graham Rattray was a well known comedian and singer who performed in Vaudeville in the 1920s. Marian took naturally to the stage and brought joy to many while singing at the Cave Cabaret in Winnipeg. In later years Marian loved to recount stories from these happy days. She shared her love of life and music with Jim, a professional pianist. Marian and Jim had a magical time at the piano, playing and singing together for 57 years. We will always remember her kind heart and wonderful sense of humour. Marian's greatest happiness was raising her three children. Respecting Marian's wishes, cremation has taken place, and a memorial service for family and friends is being planned for early April. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the MS Society, 4-141 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0R3


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