Marion Catherine Weighill (Bransted)

Marion Catherine Weighill (Bransted)

Born in Shaunavon Sask. July 1, 1922 to Frank and Catherine (Burniece) Bransted. Passed away at Vernon Jubilee Hospital in the presence of her family on July 24, 2015 after a valiant struggle with a failing body and mind. Predeceased by her husband Richard in 2003, her parents, a sister Jane and two brothers, William and George. Survived by her three sons: Gordon (Karen), George (Tracy), and Richard (Colleen). Six grandchildren: Christine (Chad), Kathleen (Brian), Kimberley (Chris), Jared, Jake, and Chad and three great grandchildren: Darian, Riley, and Shannon. Also survived by a beloved niece, Catherine Wade of St Louis Mo. and her cat Maria. She was also predeceased by her last two cousins over the winter. The end of an era.

Mom was educated in Shaunavon and the Saskatoon Business School. She was also an accomplished musician, achieving the Royal Conservatory Grade 8 on piano, and she was a wonderful soprano vocalist. She worked for the CNR in Winnipeg through the war years. After the war she returned to Shaunavon where she met Dad, a returning veteran. After a brief courtship, they were married October 1, 1946. In 1948, Marion and Dick moved to Kimberley, B.C. shortly before the arrival of Gordon, and later George and Richard. They had 20 good years in Kimberley with a lot of community involvement and made many good lifelong friends. In the late 60’s Dad’s construction business brought them to Vernon via Nakusp.

In Vernon, Mom started a new chapter, going to work at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital as a Ward Clerk, a job she loved and took great pride in doing well. She made many more good friendships and associations at VJH for almost twenty years. When she was forced to retire at age 65, she returned to school and took many classes at Okanagan College where nothing less than 101% would ever do. Her retirement also gave her time to get very involved in the community. She was active in the Aura and Symphony and Community Singers choirs. She also became politically active, was outspoken on social justice issues and was a voracious letter writer and she loved going to meetings of S.O.LD. She was a lover of the English language and was a fierce scrabble player. Games with her sister were almost full body contact, and in the past few years, until very recently, she looked forward to games with her friend Ross. In her last two and a half years she joined the community of Carrington Place. Her greatest regret of the move was leaving her back yard where she created a sanctuary of fruit trees and gardens.

We want to thank the staff of Carrington and the wonderful people of Community Care Team 4 and especially the Nurses of 2 East and West and 3 North for their compassionate loving care in these last difficult 2 months. The drivers of Handi-Dart and Vernon Taxi handicap van also deserve a big thanks and pat on the back for their understanding and patience.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Marion’s name to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada or to the SPCA.

A family only inurnment will take place in Pleasant Valley Cemetery on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. followed by a memorial tea for friends and family at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home Tea Room at 2:00 p.m.

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