YOUNG, Marjorie MacDonald – Friends and acquaintances will be saddened to learn that Marjorie passed away peacefully surrounded by love on Thursday, January 9, 2020 just before her 100th birthday at Losier Hall, Shannex, in Miramichi. Born on January 14, 1920 in Black River Bridge, she was the loving wife of the late Alvin Young and the daughter of the late James and Katherine Watling. She was predeceased by her husband, Alvin, her son, Donnie, her granddaughter, Amanda as well as her brothers Winfield (Shirley), Roy (Norma) and George (Ruby) Watling.
Marjorie (affectionately known as Marge, Gaummie and G.G.) will be greatly missed by her daughter Beth (Glen) Vye, granddaughter Erin (Andrew) Cogswell, and great granddaughters Mya and Riley. She is also survived by her brother Neil (Anna) Watling and many devoted nieces and nephews, supportive neighbors and close friends. She also leaves behind Debbie Jardine, her caregiver, who became her dear friend and a member of our family.
Marjorie moved to Loggieville when she married the love of her life, Alvin, and they enjoyed 53 years together. They were inseparable, except for the time he served during the Second World War.
Marjorie was an active member of Knox United Church where she sang in the church choir until she was 90. She was also a lifetime member of the UCW and served in various capacities over the years. No task for the church was too small.
Marjorie celebrated her 100th birthday earlier this fall with nearly one hundred friends and family at the F.P. Loggie Memorial Hall in Loggieville, the scene of many memorable occasions for her. It was a wonderful party with guests from as far away as Australia and Tennessee. She truly enjoyed the day!
Marjorie was a “Royal Watcher” who enjoyed not only reading about royalty, but also collecting royalty memorabilia. She was delighted to visit Buckingham Palace during a trip to England, Scotland and Wales.
In addition, she and Alvin travelled to Holland for the “Celebration of The Liberation of Holland”. She made friends with the family where they stayed, as well as the organizer of the event, and continued to correspond with them over the years. She also enjoyed visiting Brussels, Germany, France and Switzerland. She experienced many adventures on bus tours with friends.
She remained independent in her own home until she was almost 97 years old before moving into the Miramichi Seniors Home, where she made many friends with staff and residents.
She was an amazingly resilient woman of strong faith who loved her family, friends, and community. She was known to be a counsellor, matchmaker, and genealogist. She had a great sense of humor and a very generous heart. She will be deeply missed and always fondly remembered.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the nursing staff in the Doyle Wing of Losier Hall, Shannex, where she moved in November, for their care and compassion that they extended to both Marjorie and her family during this difficult time. They are a true example of how to provide dignified and respectful care to seniors.
Visitation was held at Adams Funeral Home, 140 King St., Miramichi on Friday from 6-8 pm. Funeral service was held from Knox United Church on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 1 pm with Rev. David Allan, Rev. Ross Wiseman and Rev. Charlene Maguire MacKnight officiating. Music for the service was provided by David Mann and the Loggieville – Black River Pastoral Charge Joint Choir and the hymns were “In the Bulb There Is a Flower”, “The Lord’s My Shepherd”, “I See a New Heaven” and the recessional hymn was “We’re Marching to Zion”. Special music “Amazing Grace” was offered by a quartet of The Rev. David Allan, Al Fraser, Lloyd Mills and Rev. Ross Wiseman, and “Beyond the Sunset” was performed by Debbie Watling, accompanied by David Bunnell. The lighting of the Christ Candle and Memorial Candles was by Beth and Glen Vye. The scriptures was given by Susan Dubasz and Margaret Comeau. A reading “Faith, Family, Friends and Service” was read by Judy Bowman and a poem “I Have a Place in Heaven” was presented by Erin and Andrew Cogswell.
Honorary pallbearers were Don Bowman, Don Glendenning, Eric Glendenning, Donald Lobban, Peter McLean, Danny McCormack, Bill Sweezey and Greg Watling. Pallbearers were Roger Comeau, Al Fraser, Eric Godfrey, Blair LeBreton, Brian MacDougall and Paul Sweezey. Interment will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery later in the spring.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements were entrusted to Adams Funeral Home Ltd., 140 King St., Miramichi, telephone (506) 773-3492 or messages of condolence may be sent online to www.adamsfh.ca
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