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MARION BOURDON (published on February 18, 2010)

MARION BOURDON (nee STEWART) April 20, 1922 - February 13, 2010 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marion Bourdon at the Grace Hospital at the age of 87 years. Remaining to forever cherish Marion's memory are her husband Arthur; sons David (Sharon) and Nelson (Melanie); sister Betty; brother David (Sharon); grandchildren Alec, Hadrian, Trajan and Octavian (Doc) Bourdon as well as numerous nieces; nephews; in-laws and friends. She was predeceased by her brother Jimmy and sister Isabella. Marion was born to William and Isabella Stewart in Birtle, MB eight months after the family had arrived from Scotland. Even though she grew up on a farm during the depression she always talked with great fondness of her days in Birtle. For her it was a magical place whose characters and events shaped her life. Any conversation of significant length included a story of her childhood in Birtle. In 1940 Marion took a position as a teacher on a teaching permit in a one room School at Harrowby. Thereafter, she took a second position at a school on the Gilbert Plains. In 1941 the family moved to Winnipeg and lived on Hargrave Street. She continued with her passion for teaching and in 1942 attended Normal School in Winnipeg to obtain her teaching certificate. In the 1960s Marion went to the University of Manitoba and obtained a Bachelor of Pedagogy, graduating on the honour role. Her teaching career included positions at Ralph Brown, Rockwood, St. George, Norberry and Glen Lawn Schools. She specialized in special education and her favourite year, grade three. After 34 years of teaching Marion reluctantly retired in 1983. One of the highlights of her career was when she was given the opportunity to educate the teachers of the small Island of Nevis. She made three trips to the island and had many great experiences there. Shortly after the war, Marion met her husband Arthur at Grand Beach. They were married on July 9, 1950 and lived for several years in the Wolseley area. In 1954 they purchased a house in Fort Garry where they lived for 51 years and raised their family. In 2005 they moved to Charleswood to be closer to their grandchildren. Mom loved the cottage at Falcon Lake and she and Arthur spent a great deal of their retirement enjoying the lake. She particularly enjoyed gardening and baking when she wasn't just soaking in the ambience at the lake. Marion was extremely close to her grandchildren and in her later years devoted a great deal of her time and attention to them. They were a great joy to her. She was always there to help. Marion loved employing her talents and skills for the benefit of others and could always be depended upon to step up to help in a crisis. In the last year of her life her reduced ability to help caused her a great deal of distress. She was the core of the family and will be truly missed. She is irreplaceable. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 19 at 10:30 a.m., in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, 4588 Roblin Boulevard at Grant Avenue, with Rev. Msgr. Maurice Comeault, P.H., presiding. Interment will be held in Glen Lawn Cemetery, 455 Lagimodiere Boulevard. Our family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff, particularly the nurses of the third floor, of the Grace Hospital for their compassion and caring. As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, donations in Marion's memory to the Rowanoak Law Office, L.L.P., 3 - 4914 50 Ave., Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1C9 in trust for a bursary program to be established, or to a charity of one's choice.

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