Marlene Esther MacMillian (nee Smith)

Marlene Esther MacMillian (nee Smith)

It’s with a heavy heart that Bill announces the passing of his wife of 61 years.

Marlene is predeceased by her parents Mary and William Smith, Brother Joseph Smith, sister-in-law and brother in-law Winnifred & Dick Bos, and brother- in-law Robert McCormick. Two nieces Dianne Martin and Donna Oldford, two nephews Jim May and Calvin Yeo. Marlene is survived by her husband William Alexander MacMillan, Daughter – Sandra Biener (David) Qualicum Beach BC, grandchildren Heidi Lastiwka (Wayne) Willingdon AB, Mary Burch (Wray) St. Albert AB, Robert Biener-Calgary AB, George Biener (Cassidy Wallis) Kelowna BC, and 8 great grandchildren. Son – William MacMillan (Sharon) Barrie ON and granddaughters Sasha and Lee MacMillan. Sister-in-law’s Sophie Smith-Belair MB, Florence McCormick Abbotsford BC and Evelyn Jenny Yeo – Red Deer AB.

Marlene was raised in the 100 block of 1st street Brandon Manitoba. She attended Earl Haig High School then completed grade 12 and Business College at St Michaels Academy. She was always taking courses whether it was through her employer, at the local university or in the community. Life-long learning was important to her. Being active, getting involved and volunteering in the community kept her busy with the many friends she met over the years. Marlene worked for a number of departments within the Federal Government in various locations until her retirement due to health reasons. Genealogy was her passion. Marlene loved the challenge and research involved in discovering the family ancestors. She traveled to many places and connected with new family members in her quest to go back as far as she could. She equally enjoyed spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Marlene and Bill made many moves across the country with Bill’s career in the military. New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC. They also lived in Germany on two occasions thus creating a love of travel. After their retirement they took full advantage of the opportunity to see the world.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Glenview staff at Stanford Seniors Village, specifically Rhea, Rob, Josie and Marina. Your kindness, care and compassion was a great comfort throughout Marlene’s seven week stay.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 9th at Yates Memorial Services,1000 Allsbrook Rd. Parksville, BC.

Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Parkinson’s Society of BC or BC Cancer Agency.

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Yates Memorial Services 250-248-5859.

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