Marion A. McDonald

Marion A. McDonald died peacefully at age 90 in the Polson Extended Care Unit of Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Vernon B.C. on March 21, 2011. She was the eldest daughter of the late William R. and Amy L. Moncrieff of Kamloops, B.C., and widow of A.J. (Bert) McDonald of Vernon.

Marion was a scholar who graduated at the top of her class at Kamloops High School. After her Senior Matriculation, she attended St. Anne’s Academy where she graduated in business. She was employed at the Court House before proceeding to work in the Unemployment Insurance Commission at its inception. After marrying Albert McDonald she moved to North Vancouver where she was employed by the North Vancouver Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She remained in their offices until she retired and moved to Vernon, B.C.

Marion had many other highly-honed skills. She was a cup-winning tennis player and badminton player. She played tennis at the old CNR courts in Kamloops. Marion was a member of both the Junior and Senior choirs of Kamloops United Church. She had a rich contralto voice and later sang with a trio. Marion was a knitter, crocheter, and delicate cut work embroiderer. In every one of her endeavors she excelled.

After retirement, Marion and Bert moved to Vernon where they both lived until their deaths. They delighted in hiking, bird-watching, camping, and raising their three Australian terriers: Lara, Shelly, and Trek.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Bert, and sisters Wilma Hilliard and Margaret Moncrieff. She is survived by a sister, Laurie Morris, nephews Clint Hilliard, Kerry Hilliard, Neil Hilliard, James Thomson, and a niece, Marianne Thomson.

A memorial service will be held on June 22, 2011 at 2 pm at Trinity United Church, in Vernon B.C.

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