Survived by the love of her life, Michael L.R. Harris; her daughters; Melinda (Garth), Michelle (Ben), and Grandchildren; Michael, Matthew, Gil, Owen, Julia, and Rownan. Marlene/Momsy/Granny was an amazingly strong and kind woman. She had a smile for everyone and a loving embrace, she never complained and was full of grace. Married for 61 years, she lived a life rich with love, laughter, and adventure.
Born in the mountain mining town of Rossland, BC., Marlene spent her early childhood exploring the hills, looking after the neighbourhood children, and the summers helping at the family farm in Sheep Creek. During her teenage years, the family moved to Burnaby.
Marlene met Michael at Deer Lake Burnaby, B.C., on a blind date in July of 1956, and they were married at Deer Lake church ten months later. They lived in North Vancouver for years where their two daughters, Melinda and Michelle were born. After a brief but incredible year in Powell River, they moved to Victoria for five years and then settled in the Comox Valley for the rest of their lives.
Adventurous campers and boaters Marlene and Michael ventured up and down the coast, North to Calvert Island and South to Main Island exploring many of the little unknown bays along the way. Hobnobbing with bears, lost on old logging roads, negotiating reefs, raging rapids and toasting the stars in peaceful coves. Life was wonderful.
Your light and love will warm our hearts forever. Knowing you walk beside us helps until we meet you again.