Marion Winnifred (nee Webb) Nelson
April 11, 1922 – October 18, 2017
Marion Nelson was lifted into the heaven she was waiting for, by her Lord October 18, 2017.
She is pre-deceased by her husband Elmer, grandson Raymond, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters.
She is survived by her sister Eva, 4 sons; Vernon (Linda), Rodney, (Betty), Wayne (Delores), Dennis (Jill), 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 1 great great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.
She was born into the Webb family in Amulet Sask., one of 8 children, after her parents immigrated from England. They worked hard as farmers. In her early 20’s she went to help her injured grandfather in McBride BC after he broke his leg working in the bush. While there she met Elmer, 12 years her senior, and they were married in Sask. in 1943. They then took on farming in Winfield Alta. for 15 years before returning to McBride to work for Carrol Bros. Mill.
While Elmer was a millwright, she worked as a cook in the camp. In 1962 they decided to move to the coast with their 4 boys and settled in Campbell River. She worked at the Campbell River Lodge, the Mirror newspaper, and came to the aid of any family or friend who needed a hand. As family was most important to Marion, she and Elmer travelled back to England, and Norway, as well as many road trips with the boys around BC and to Alaska, family reunions both Webb and Nelson, and so very many special local camping trips.
She would always have her beet pickles, 3 bean salad, sausage rolls and buns on hand. After knitting for all her grandchildren, and their children, she would then knit mittens, socks and toques for “the children up North”, and send them away through her church, St. Peter’s Anglican. She was devoted to her faith and church. Many times, Marion could be seen and heard at the podium reciting a passage, or leading a hymn, with her strong and steadfast voice. She was a Pythian Sister, grandmother to many, and would like to be remembered as the “record keeper” of the Webb and Nelson families.
She was a loving, genuine, and forgiving force to be reckoned with. She spoke her mind and stuck to it, and we all loved her for that. A game of cards would then be next, happy to be with family, all around the table. With our Matriarch now gone, we will have an emptier life, but will go by her sayings. “Hugs are free, one size fits all”, “I raised 4 boys, and I’m proud of it”, saying Grace at the dinner table, and “the Lord helps those who help themselves”. There are many more, but this says it all, “There is a destiny that makes us brothers and sisters, none go their way alone, what we send into others’ lives, comes back into our own.”
Marion, Mom, sister, aunt, Grandma Nelson, we will miss and love you forever.
Very special thanks to Dr. Carswell and Yucalta Lodge for their understanding and professional care.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Campbell River.
A Celebration of Marion’s life will be held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 228 S. Dogwood St. Campbell River on Sat. Nov. 18 at 2 pm, with a gathering to follow at the Eagle’s Club, 1999 14th Ave.