Marilyn Jeanne Prentice (nee McGregor)
1927 – 2012
The Prentice family sadly announces the passing of Marilyn on April 10th, 2012. She passed away peacefully at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, after a life long struggle with diabetes. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Marilyn moved to Vernon in her early 20’s to begin a career as the coach of the Vernon Figure Skating Club. She soon met and married Thomas Prentice Jr. on June 9th, 1950. For several years they lived in Vanderhoof, BC, but in 1956 returned to Vernon and made it their permanent home. Marilyn then returned to her career as the Vernon Figure Skating Coach. This career lasted decades and involved her entire family, including her husband, Tom, and their five daughters, “the Prentice Girls”. Over the years, Marilyn produced numerous Ice Carnivals and dedicated hours to building the Vernon Figure Skating Club with Tom’s lending hand and support. As her coaching career ended, she continued her involvement through judging figure skating. Marilyn was also a dedicated lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Encouraged by her mother, she joined the St. John’s Chapter #18 Winnipeg in 1949. She was Worthy Matron twice with Foster Chapter #46 in Vernon.
Marilyn’s generosity was evident through the numerous charities she was involved with, including the Canadian Diabetic Association, World Vision and the Trinity United Church. Some of her other activities included curling and golfing. She also enjoyed creating skating and dance costumes for her daughters, as well as knitting, crocheting and needlework.
Marilyn is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 62 years, Thomas Prentice Jr.; her five daughters: Shawny Prentice, April Davies (Robert Dionne), Heather (David) Ansley, Bonnie (Kevin) Harvey, Kelly (Karalee)(David) Kirby; and ten grandchildren: Meika Thompson (Randy Brown), Megan Makokis (Oleg Yakymovych), Jason (Colleen) Davies, Bryan (Amy) Davies, Joshua (Lori) Ansley, Emily (Michael) Aldred, Ryan (Megan) Harvey, Carleen Harvey, Kelsie Kirby, and Darren Kirby; as well as six great-grandchildren. Marilyn was predeceased by her parents, Percy and Lil McGregor; sister, Louise McGregor; and brother, Vernon McGregor.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those friends and family wishing to make a contribution in memory of Marilyn may do so to The Canadian Diabetic Association.
A Celebration of Life will take place at the Trinity United Church, 3300 Alexis Park Drive on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. followed by a tea in the church.
When we have done all the work we were sent to Earth to do,
we are allowed to shed our body,
which imprisons our soul like a cocoon encloses the future butterfly.
And when the time is right, we can let go of it
and we will be free of pain, free of fears and worries,
free as a very beautiful butterfly, returning home to God.
Arrangements have been entrusted to:
PLEASANT VALLEY FUNERAL HOME
Condolences may be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com