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Marjorie Jean Bailey

August 20, 1943 - February 28, 2022


Marjorie Jean Bailey

Age 78


Marj’s farm home in Stanstead, Quebec was financially strapped but filled with love.  When a child she

lost her father.  At her mother’s second marriage, she met Richard and there followed 59 years of  loving marriage.  Her outstanding command of the English language grammar and spelling led to employment as a bank manager’s secretary, followed by a move to a Montreal lawyer’s office, and then to a second lawyer who had just won a close by-election to the Quebec legislature.  Her first day on the job was exciting as the provincial election was called that morning.

Always a self-starter, Marj pursued her TESL degree at Concordia University and during that period son

Douglas and daughter Natalie arrived.  Her studies were completed at Notre Dame University following a move to Nelson in 1976.

Many years at the regional Ministry of Forests on Lake Street saw her become the referral letter-writer where her ability to communicate and to pay attention to detail came to the fore.

A youthful Marj joined the Beta Sigma Phi sorority in St. Jean, Quebec and continued in Nelson where she made many great friends.  Other groups she enjoyed after retirement included the Nelson Bookies, the Red Hat group, and the BC Government Retired Employees Association.

Marj’s interests included music, reading, gardening, sewing (she made her own wedding dress) and cooking.  Above all, she put socializing with family and friends.  Our annual trek to visit niece Diane, sister-in-law Holly, and lifelong friend Sheila in the Lower Mainland were dear to her heart and sorely missed during the past two years.

Always planning for the future with optimism, Marj followed the motto:

Learn from Yesterday; Live for Today; Hope for Tomorrow

Marj slipped away quietly Feb. 28th with her husband Richard by her side.

She was predeceased by mother Hilda, stepfather Homer, sisters Donna (Claude) and Joyce (Wilfrid),

brother Jim (Gwen).  She will be sorely mourned by her husband and children, nieces Diane, Lois, and Laura, and numerous grandnieces, grandnephews, and honorary grandson Christopher and granddaughter Rachel, as well as her many friends.

Cremation has taken place.  Marj would be grateful for donations to be made to the BC Cancer Society.



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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Maureen and Robert Attridge
Relation: friend and co-worker

RIP Marj! A great friend and co-worker at the Forest Service! Love, Maureen and Bob Attridge

From: Debbie Bird and Peter Lee
Relation: Sisters, in Beta Sigma Phi

Sending heartfelt prayers and condolences, to Richard and family.
May the Lord watch between me and thee, while we are absent one from the other. We will miss you Marge…

From: Brad Howard

Stay strong Richard.

From: Robert & Shirley-Ann (Hyatt) McVety

So sorry for your loss Richard. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

From: Robert & Shirley-Ann (Hyatt) McVety

So sorry for your loss Richard. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

From: Christine & Gary McCandlish
Relation: former co-worker and acquaintances

Condolences to Richard and family.

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