August 15, 1934 – February 14, 2021
Marlene quietly passed away in Nanaimo, BC during a beautiful snowstorm, in the early morning of Feb. 14th, at the age of 86. Born in Vancouver and raised in Steveston, BC, she was predeceased by her parents, Stella and Cecil Fisher and her sisters Velma and Shirley.
Marlene is survived by her loving husband, John (62 yrs of marriage), her children, Sandy (Doug), Robert and Susie (Kirby), her 5 adored grandchildren, Dougie, Danny, Natalie, Nathan and Noah, her sister Mickey, her brother George (Sylvia) and many nieces and nephews.
Marlene graduated from Richmond High in 1952 and carried her strong athletic abilities with her all through her life. She became an inspiring Elementary school teacher at the age of 20 yrs. and started her career in Victoria BC. After a few years, she and John moved back to Richmond BC where she taught until 1992. Marlene was passionate about teaching and truly touched all those who she taught or worked alongside with. She loved to organize staff lunches and parties and was always the first to celebrate a special occasion for a friend and colleague. She had a heart of gold.
Marlene enjoyed travelling and cruising the world with John at her side, and together with family and friends they explored many beautiful countries. Throughout her entire life, Marlene loved to spend time outdoors, whether it was gardening, camping, waterskiing, golfing, skiing at Manning Park, swimming in the ocean and in her younger days… taking part in long distance road rallies.
Marlene loved to entertain and was a very talented cook. Together with John they hosted many wonderful parties that usually involved a martini or two! Special memories run deep for those summers spent on the beach in Lantzville where family and friends gathered yearly to enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, clam and oyster digging and cliff diving at Maude Island.
Throughout it all, Marlene had an incredible “zest for life” and truly carried an inner “joy” and “fun spirit” with her, wherever she went.
Marlene was incredibly proud of all her children and grandchildren and always took a great interest in all their accomplishments. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. (Mom loved the snow so it is with special significance that she quietly passed while her entire family had snow falling around them.)
The family will be holding a private Celebration of Life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the BC Cancer Society in Marlene’s memory. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.firstmemorialnanaimo.com
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