Marjorie Ellen McGee

Nov 27, 1914 – May 13, 2018
On May 13, 2018, with daughters Maureen E. McGee and Glenna S Cheesman (Jim Lucente), son Neil R McGee, and grandson Bruce N Cheesman at her bedside, Marjorie joined her ancestors and is re-united with her husband, Neil McGee (1984) and daughter, Gayle Lee McGee (1993).  Her living legacy also includes seven grand-children and nine great-grandchildren.

Marjorie was born on a homestead near Alix, Alberta on November 27, 1914 to John (Jack) Clarke Rawson and Rachel Edwards (Wilcox) Rawson. Marjorie’s education was in the Tacoma area.

The family moved to Vancouver where Jack purchased a marina in Coal Harbour near Stanley Park where the Bayshore Inn now stands. Marjorie enjoyed days of playing tennis at Stanley Park, attending a young people’s club, roller skating and swimming.

It was on a visit to her parents at Adams Lake that she met Neil McGee. They married in 1947 and had four children. In the early years of their marriage they lived on Vancouver Island and moved to Vernon, BC in 1951.

Marjorie served on the board of the Parent Teachers Association and in later years, she was active with the Old Age Pensioners and the Vernon Museum and Archives.

Marjorie pursued a lifelong interest in genealogy becoming a member of the Vernon Family History Society and serving on the board in various capacities. Her research into her Wilcox ancestors led to her discovery of her Mayflower ancestors. At the age of 86, she purchased her first computer and began scanning and e-mailing her genealogical information to her daughter, Maureen. At the age of 102, she was thrilled to become a member of the Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Marjorie’s beautiful smile and positive attitude will be missed by many family, friends and members of the Vernon community.  Faced with any adversity, her constant response was “We’ll live through this”.

Special thanks and appreciation from the family are extended to Lee-Ann Jost of We Care and the staff at Polson Residential Care who provided loving attention to Marjorie’s care and well-being.  

An event celebrating Marjorie’s 103 years of life is anticipated for mid-September 2018. Notice to follow.  

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home, Phone: 250 542 0155

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