Marion Gilmer (nee Shaver)

Marion Gilmer (nee Shaver) passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 13, 2016. She was 95.

She was loving wife of 69 years to Dwight Gilmer who predeceased her in 2015.

Loving mother of Richard (Debbie), Rodney, Carole Marriner, Reg (Charlene) and Anita (Greg Stubbings), she is also survived by her 13 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and  her sister Shirley MacIntyre.

She was predeceased by her son-in-law Randy Marriner, her brother Frank Shaver and her in-laws Harry and Percy Gilmer, Della Hunter, Annie Adams and Irene Conley.

Marion spent her first 65 years near South Mountain; her childhood on a farm west of town and her married life just south of town in Pleasant Valley.

She enjoyed a successful teaching career in several Dundas county schools, following the educational transformation from one room school houses to the centralized Nationview School from which she retired in 1977.

During this time she supported Dwight’s expanding farming career while juggling her family and community obligations.

In 1985 they moved to Iroquois where she embraced the town life taking up new hobbies including bridge, golf, reading for pleasure, boating (reluctantly) and watching the ships go by. Marion and Dwight enjoyed traveling which took them to Cuba, Alaska, Europe, Panama, New Zealand, Australia and many times across Canada.

She volunteered in church and community, and was always there to care for her children and grandchildren and cuddle her great grandchildren.

Marion’s final 2.5 years were spent very contently at the Hartford Retirement Residence in Morrisburg where she could be found most days working on her word puzzles.

Friends called at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home Iroquois, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service was held at the Iroquois United Church on Saturday, December 17 at 11a.m. Interment at Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston.

Donations to the Winchester Hospital or J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.

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