MARION RUTH WHITE
Marion Ruth White (nee MacKinnon) passed away at the Crowsnest Continuing Care Centre in Blairmore, Alberta on March 15, 2021 at the age of 96 years.
Marion was born in Blairmore on May 29, 1924. She was raised there by parents, Murdock and Jane MacKinnon with siblings, Melvin, Flora and June. Marion was married to Joseph Robert White of Bellevue in 1951, and they had two children, Patricia Gail White and Robert Charles White.
Marion went to Normal School in Calgary in 1943 to become a teacher but before starting her career, she worked in Calgary at an aeroplane parts factory during the war. Marion’s first teaching job was at Maycroft School, traveling home to the Pass by horseback. She later gained employment with schools in Nobleford, Blairmore, Bellevue, Hillcrest and Coleman. She worked in the Isabelle Sellon School in Blairmore for eight years and worked ten years in the M.D. McEachern School in Bellevue.
Marion volunteered at the Community Library. She enjoyed walking and working in her yard caring for her peonies and roses. Marion was a superb baker who crafted countless desserts for family and various bake sales. A special treat was her golden chiffon cakes for birthday parties. She was always up for a good game of Whist or Cribbage. In later years, Marion was a keen fan of curling, watching her last brier in the days before her passing.
Marion leaves to mourn her daughter Gail of Lethbridge, son Robert of Calgary, and her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Joe in 1999; her parents Murdock and Jane; her brother Melvin; her sisters Flora (John) Kovach and June Newton.
By Marion’s request, there will be no memorial services. If friends desire, donations in memory of Marion may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements. (403) 562-8555.
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