Connie Marlow passed away suddenly on Thursday morning September 6th at her home at Ridgeview Lodge in Kamloops at the age of 79. She was predeceased by her husband Howard and her parents. She leaves behind her three children Craig (Tracey), Megan (Eddie) and Charlee (John) and her 8 grandchildren and step grandchildren: Gabriel, Aneka, Griffin, Allie, Matthew , Jeffry, Carrie and Jamie; great grandchild Ben, her brother Donovan (Ruby) and sister Colleen (Shaun) and beloved nieces, nephews and many dear friends and her honorary children Gordon and Trudy. She was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan on May 25, 1933. She grew up in Gravelburg and Radville, Saskatchewan. She graduated from St. Oliver’s in 1951 where she was the valedictorian for her class. She then attended Regina Grey Nun’s Nursing School. She followed her parents to New Westminster in 1955. She married Howard in 1958 and they lived in Kitimat, Falkland where her three children were born in Vernon. She moved to Ashcroft in 1969. She worked as an RN in Kitimat and New Westminster, was Falkland’s first librarian and worked as a Librarian, a receptionist, and a Homemaker in Ashcroft for many years. She was very involved in the Catholic Woman’s League and was the caretaker of the church she loved for many years. She lived in Ashcroft until 2008 until having to leave her home to move to Kamloops. She was smart and interested in everything around her and especially loved music, poetry, reading and gardening. She lived life to the fullest despite her advanced Parkinson’s disease. She faced all her physical challenges with bravery and grace. We will remember her fondness for sweets, shopping and ice cream. She embraced her role as mother and grandmother and continued to nurture and look after those around her until the day she died. She will be greatly missed and loved always. Her memory will live on in the fragrance of a rose, her treasured family recipes, and the melodies of her favourite songs. The family would like to greatly thank the staff at Ridgeview Lodge for creating a happy and loving home for her for the last 4 years. They would also like to acknowledge the incredible care and compassion they showed on her passing. Finally they would like to thank Wendy and Dr. Takahashi and Dr. Howie for all their care and efforts in making her as comfortable as possible over the past few years. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Society. Thompson Valley Funeral Home Ashcroft entrusted with arrangements.
A Celebration of Life Service for Connie will be held on Thursday September 13th 2012 at 2:00 pm in the St. Gerards Roman Catholic Church Ashcroft.