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Marjorie Anne (Brownlie) Lanskail

October 2, 1929 ~ August 4, 2021 (age 91)

Obituary

Marjorie Anne (nee Brownlie) on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 in Sechelt, BC in her 92nd year.

Predeceased in 1996 by her husband, Donald A S Lanskail of West Vancouver, her brother John Brownlie and her parents, Rev. Murray and Nora Brownlie. She was the much loved mother of John, Anne (Jim) and Bruce (Sandie) and the adoring grandmother to Meghan, Spencer, Leigh and Ross. She also leaves 6 great-grandchildren, 3 of whom were born this year. Mom grew up in southern Ontario and graduated with the class of 1952 from Kingston General Hospital. Along with two of her classmates, she travelled to Vancouver to work in nursing at Vancouver General Hospital. They were picked up at the train station by Donald (who was doing a favour for a friend) and the rest was history.

Donald and Marjorie were married in December 1953. They built their home in West Vancouver and raised their children there. Mom was a dedicated volunteer at Christ Church Cathedral (Altar Guild) and at Evergreen House when she wasn’t curling or skiing in the winter and golfing, canoeing or hiking in the summer. A plaque in the kitchen said it all; “Golf forever - housework whenever”. She loved to travel and saw much of the world with Donald both for work and pleasure. In 2001, following her mother’s passing, she drove across Canada with her granddaughters and went to Europe in the fall on a symphony tour. An accomplished pianist, Mom loved classical music and jazz. One week to the day after her return, she suffered a stroke that left her unable to speak and without use of her right side. After some alterations to her house, she returned home and was lovingly cared for by her dedicated caregivers over the next years. In 2007, she fell in love with a house in Sechelt and let everyone know that she was leaving West Vancouver and moving to Sechelt. She lived there until 2018, when she moved into Shorncliffe Care Home in Sechelt.

Her spirit and gentleness made everyone love her. Though she was unable to express herself in words, she was able to communicate with her facial expressions. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff at Shorncliffe and to her caregivers over the last 20 years.

She will be missed, but Mom now rests in peace.

No service by request, she will interred alongside Donald in Capilano View Cemetery.

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