A resident of the Park Drive Villa in Williamsburg for the past 5.5 years, Marina Simpson passed away at the Carefor Hospice in Cornwall on Monday, March 11, 2013. She was 78.
Marina was born in Brockville on November 24, 1934, to her parents Elijah and Christina Monger (nee Bulleid). She was one of seven children.
Marina lived in Brockville with her family and attended school there. Once finished school, she moved to Morrisburg, where she lived with her brother Bill and his wife Phyllis.
While in Morrisburg, she went to work at Bell Canada. It just so happened that the Bell office ended up being located beside McNeeley’s Drug store. It also just so happened that there was a young man employed at that drug store named Floyd Simpson. Everyone called him Chip.
Marina and Chip were married March 1, 1957. She continued working at Bell Canada, and then went to work at the Bank of Montreal until 1965.
On Feb. 20, 1966, Marina and Chip welcomed their son, Robert Michael into their lives. Very soon after that, on September 22, 1966, Kimberley Anne joined them. Their family was complete.
Once both Robbie and Kim were in school, Marina re-entered the workforce. This time she went to Beavers Dental Products in Morrisburg. She very proudly held the title of “International Invoices Secretary for the General Manager and the Production Manager. Marina retired in 1999, after 25 years of dedicated service.
Never did Marina do something, just to do it. She had a desire to organize and had her hands involved in many things.
The Morrisburg Figure Skating club benefitted from her assistance with music, making costumes, and even serving up Rice Krispies at 6 a.m. skating practices.
Marina was also extremely involved with the Presbyterian Church in Morrisburg. From singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, serving as Church treasurer, being the envelope secretary, to sitting on the board of Managers and acting as a Church Elder, those were all jobs that Marina took very seriously.
Friends of the Sanctuary saw her taking registrations for many events, and she also dove right in to numerous activities at the Park Drive Villa.
Something else she took seriously was her family. She loved her children Kim and Rob very much, and was such a proud Grandma to Ashley, Bela, and Jordan.
Marina cherished her friends, and she had many. With them she travelled to Hawaii and Europe. She loved to talk about her travels and tell all that she learned about the different places she went to.
In 2006 , Marina made the decision to sell the house that she, Chip, Rob and Kim called home. From there she went into a small apartment, and then finally to Park Drive Villa in Williamsburg, where she was so very happy.
Smiling was something that came easily to her. Marina loved her life, the people in it and she loved the LORD!
Marina is survived by her children Rob of Ottawa and Kim Leger (Andrew van Vliet) of Lunenburg and her brother Bill Mongor of Morrisburg.
She will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Ashley, Bela and Jordan. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Floyd, her step-brother Harold Monger, her sister Isobel Hardie and her step-sisters Dorothy Gaudin, Violet Brown and Alma Hone.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. until time of the Memorial Service at 11 a.m. which was conducted by Rev. Steven Eckersley.
Pallbearers were Barry and Mike Van Allen. Honorary pallbearers were Orval Delage and Alan Crowder. Interment of cremated remains will be in the spring at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Morrisburg. Donations to the Gamaliel Church Christian School in Peru would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.