Marion Smithson

Marion Smithson was born in Gate House Cottage, Goosnargh, England. She passed away on Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 at Cottage 2, Heron Grove Care Facility in Vernon, BC at the age of 80 years.

Marion immigrated to Canada in 1954 with her husband, Bernard, and sons, Bernie and Mike. They resided in Port Coquitlam, BC until 1963 when they moved to Vernon. Her extraordinary sewing abilities got her work as a seamstress for several ladies fashion stores. She also sewed numerous bridal party ensembles for many of her children and friends. Marion also enjoyed knitting, watching hockey and supporting her children and grandchildren in their sporting endeavors. She loved to spend time with special friends and could always be found with them at Tim Horton’s on a Friday night. Marion will be forever remembered and loved by all who were close to her. The family would like to thank Heron Grove Care Facility with special thanks to the entire staff of Cottage 2.

Marion is survived by her loving family: her sons, Bernie (Dianne), Michael (Bev), and Derrick (Vonnie) her daughters: Cheryl, Linda, and Pam, seventeen grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, brothers: Bob (Kate), John and Bill Parker in England, many nieces, nephews, and extended family. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Bernard, on May 9th, 1995, brother, Dennis Parker in England, granddaughter, Christine in 1988 and great granddaughter, Angela in 2005.

The Celebration of Marion’s Life will be held in the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home Tea Room on Monday, January 3rd, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, those friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Marion may do so to the Heron Grove – Activities Fund, 4900-20th Street, Vernon, BC V1T 9W3.