Marion Simpson

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my beloved mother, Marion Elizabeth Simpson, on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility in Maple Creek, SK at the age of 99. The celebration of life will be held at a later date to be announced. Marion was born on July 16, 1918 in Tompkins, SK. She was the daughter of Frederick John and Elizabeth (Ayre) Coath. Her father was an excellent carpenter but he did not have the same success in farming. In the early pioneer days, people arrived in Saskatchewan hoping to make a new and better life for themselves. Unfortunately, these dreams were often shattered and the hope of a better life was not realized. Such was the case with the family as they moved from farm to farm, then to Swift Current and Regina. In 1927 Frederick had her mother committed to the Saskatchewan Hospital in Weyburn, SK. He left Marion and her brother Fred, at an orphanage and walked away never to be seen again. In 1928, Marion and her brother came to live with relatives north of Tompkins. Marion went to live with her Aunt and Uncle, Ann and Charlie Sanders. She took her schooling at Painesville School. In 1937, she and her Aunt and Uncle spent the winter in Vancouver, BC where she worked as a domestic maid in Point Grey. Marion helped her Uncle run the family farm. When her Uncle sold his farm around 1946, Marion and some friends went to Victoria, BC where she worked as a maid in Oak Bay. While there she experienced an earthquake which she said scared her quite a bit. She did not like living at the coast and was homesick for the prairies so she moved back to Tompkins where she worked at Stubb's Machine Shop and later Hannah's Café. She and Russell Simpson were married on December 6, 1951 in Moose Jaw, SK. The happy couple moved to the farm north of Tompkins where they lived for the rest of their days. Mom knew what it was like not to have a home and the farm house was open to anyone who needed a place to stay. Richard Hughes lived with them for several years in the 1950's. They adopted a little boy Patrick in 1962. Sidney Knight, Alice Haley, and Robert and Harold Bakken also lived at the ranch house. It seemed that the farm house was always full of people and there was much laughter around the dinner table. Mom was a great cook. She said she learned to cook when she worked at the café. Good wholesome meals were complemented with cake, cookies and pies. She always got compliments for her roast beef dinners complete with Yorkshire pudding. She made an awesome chili right up to the last few months. In addition to keeping house, Mom helped Dad run the PFRA Pasture for 43 years as well as run the family farm raising cattle, sheep and growing crops as well. You cannot write about mom unless you mention her favorite possession: her Volkswagen Beetle. My mother loved her VW. It was the four wheel horse that saved many a runaway cow herd at roundups in the PFRA. Mom and her Beetle had one speed: Fast!!! I remember when mom would take her family friend Olive Davies and me on a weekend trip to the fruit orchards in British Columbia. We stayed the first night in Lethbridge, AB, drove to Creston, BC, loaded the fruit into the car and then drove straight home. The next day she was canning her fruit. She was always busy but she still had time for her favorite television shows, especially Dallas. She always took time to rest and watch the latest antics of J. R. Ewing. It was not always work though. She and Dad enjoyed vacations to the United States, England, Australia and New Zealand. The years of hard work took their toll. In the early 1990's she was diagnosed with macular degeneration which eventually got worse; however Mom dusted herself off, had a good cry and went back to doing everything she always did; however letting her drivers license go was very hard for her. The first time the C.N.I.B. counselor phoned her, he was amazed that she was outside fencing. He always used her as an example to his other clients. After Dad's passing, Mom suffered a broken hip from which she healed and then continued to cook and clean and look after Patrick at home. She enjoyed her daily trip to the chicken house to feed the cats. She stayed at the farm until she took ill in January 2018. She came home for a couple of days before ending up back in hospital. She passed away the next day and I was there holding her hand when she passed. Marion did not want to leave her home and go to a nursing home. She succeeded in her wish. Her mind was clear right to the end. Marion is survived by her son Patrick; her sisters-in-law Phyllis Coath and Verna McGillivray; her brothers-in-law Doug Rathwell and Jim Wilson; her extended family Richard, Corriena, Harold, Crystal, Trish and Robert; her special kids Tori, Levi, Haley and Hayden; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Russell; brother Fred Coath; her mother Elizabeth; her father; her sisters-in-law Dorothy Wilson and Kathleen Rathwell; and brother-in-law Robby McGillivray. Mom I was so privileged to have been your son. I sure miss you a lot. I am so proud of you. I am so lost and heartbroken. Love you Mom. Until we meet again. A life well lived! Donations in Marion's memory may be made to St. Andrews Anglican Church P.O. Box 296 Tompkins, SK S0N 2S0 or to the Tompkins Cemetery Fund P.O. Box 247 Tompkins, SK S0N 2S0. Warren's Funeral Home were entrusted with the arrangements. For further information call 306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members in our book of condolences.

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