Marilyn LAMARRE

Marilyn LAMARRE

LAMARRE Marilyn Risko. Late of Abbotsford, BC, Marilyn Risko Lamarre’s soul transitioned from her cancer-ridden body May 24, 2014. Marilyn was predeceased by her mother, Helen Boncek Risko, her father, Michael Risko, her sister Michele Risko Hampton, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. She is survived by her husband, Paul, daughter, Kelly Lamarre Doherty (Paul), Somerset, UK, grandsons Julian and Harrison, her son, Thomas Gregory of Burnaby, and numerous cousins in Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Texas. Although late in life, Marilyn was thrilled at being a devoted Granny. Her chagrin was the distance between Abbotsford and the UK. Marilyn was born in Upper Darby, PA, August 20, 1938. A graduate of Converse College, Spartanburg, SC, she taught High School in Pickens, SC. She was granted an M.A. in French at the University of Pennsylvania (1963). She taught at Clemson University prior to enrolling in a doctoral program in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. She and her future husband, Paul, were graduate teaching assistants at UW. Marilyn and Paul were married in Pickens, SC August 10, 1968. They lived in Vancouver for a short period of time before moving to West Vancouver. Marilyn was a charter faculty member of Capilano College in the Counseling Department. Following completion of SFU’s PDP program, Marilyn taught first grade French Immersion, in Mission, BC, for a number of years before returning to teach high school French at Hatzic Secondary, until she retired. She was called affectionately as Madame Lamarre, or simply, Madame by her students. She was a talented and dedicated teacher. By the time Marilyn was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma, it had metastasized. She refused heroic measures and hospitalization. She opted for Home Palliative Care. Marilyn handled her situation with dignity and equanimity. Paul and Kelly were with her as she took her last breath. Donations in her memory may be made to the Abbotsford Holmberg House Hospice. Alternatively, to honor Marilyn’s love of learning and love of information, there will be an open-house at the family home, September 21, 2014 from 1 to 4 PM. To honor her love of reading, please bring a first grade, pleasure reading book, in French, as a donation to the French Immersion program in her memory. Check the memorial at www.hendersonsabbotsfordfunerals.com for further information. Friends, family, and former students are encouraged to sign the permanent digital guest book, upload comments and anecdotes, or add photos and music.


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