SHARPE, Marion Isabel, August 12, 1930 – May 16, 2021. A Creative and Caring Soul. Passed away peacefully at Marshall Gowland Manor in her 91st year with her family at her side.
Marion was born in Portneuf, Quebec to parents Mary (nee Adcock) and George Ableson. Marion is predeceased by her parents and siblings: Evelyn (Walter) Mueller, Luella (Harold) Ferguson and Robert (Viola) Ableson. Marion lost her loving husband Derek (Derrick) Sharpe on May 8, 2021 – they were blessed to enjoy 67 years of being together in marriage. Outstanding mother to Michael (Sally), Brian (Joanne), Donna and Stephen (Kelly). Loving and caring Grandma to Matthew (Elaine), Diana (Luis), Justin (Mary-Lynne), Victoria (Alex) and Ian; Great Grandma to Madeline and Solomon; Julia and Emma; Anna Belle, Claire, Sadie and Etta.
Marion was a proud graduate from the Montreal General Hospital Nursing program – class of 1952. She loved participating in the reunions to renew her friendships. Barbro Vice and Zora Keddie (predeceased) were life-long friends that extended well beyond their nursing roots. Marion had a successful and rewarding nursing career – both in Quebec and Sarnia. Prior to her retirement, Marion was the Head Nurse at Carruthers Clinic in Sarnia.
Marion and Derek “travelled the world” and enjoyed experiencing many places together as well as with family and friends. Like her mother, Marion was artistic and creative; this passion encompassed quilting, water & oil painting, sewing, needlepoint, knitting and gardening. Portneuf Quebec and her family home remained Marion’s forever “special place”. From her warm, compassionate foundation, Marion had a special bond with her brother Bob and cousins Kenny Lee and Lucille Bradshaw (all predeceased), among others. Marion’s true passion was her family and the incredible bond with her grandchildren.
While Marion’s passing represents the end of a generation within the Ableson/Ferguson/Sharpe families, Marion’s positive and caring attitude has enabled the future generations to be on solid footing.
Marshall Gowland Manor (MGM) was Marion’s home for the last 5 years where she received excellent care. She appreciated and enjoyed the view from her room as well as the gardens and birds. The family would like to thank the full MGM team for the care provided.
A future event to recognize and celebrate Marion and Derek's lives will be held – once it is safer to do so. Donations to the Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
The arrangements are entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9). Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca
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