Marion Duerksen (Frank, Snowdon)

Sept. 19, 1935 – April 17, 2011

Marion Olive Doris passed away peacefully at home on April 17, 2011, to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with her family by her side. Marion, the youngest of a family of seven was born in Cadilac, Saskatchewan to Howard & Lillie (McKenzie) Snowdon. Her father was a minister in the Holiness Movement Church and was moved to a different district every three years in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

She enrolled in nurses’ training at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, MB. graduating with an R.N. degree.

After nursing at Deer Lodge Veterans’ Hospital for nine months, she moved to Edmonton, AB. to be near her mother and sister Jewell.

Marion and Bruce Frank were married Oct. 28, 1958. Their son Cameron was born in Aug. 1959. When Cameron was a year and a half old his daddy Bruce and uncle died while working in southern Alberta. After Bruce’s death Marion and Cameron moved to Killarney MB where her mother and sister now lived. She was warmly accepted back in the community and soon found employment as a receptionist and nurse at the Doctors’ clinic. Marion taught CGIT at the United Church along with Sandra Orchyk in 64-65. It was here she met and later married David Duerksen in 1967. Their daughter Michelle was born in 1974. Marion was on the hopital board, started home care support, and taught the care-aide course in Killarney and many surrounding towns in southern Manitoba. In 1989 Marion, David and Michelle moved to Abbotsford, BC. Marion was soon sought out to work at Val Haven Care Home. From 1992 to 1998 she taught the care aide course at which is now UFV in Abbotsford and Chilliwack. She also spent time as a head nurse in Menno Home. While driving home after work on November 28, 1999, she was rear-ended in a car accident which left her with a brain injury. In 2005 she had a stroke which did much damage. She was slowly detoriorating and moved into a Care Home for a time, when her condition continued to decline. Her husband brought her home in 2009 and took care of her until her passing at home. A memorial service for Marion will be held on Apirl 21 at 11 a.m. at the Church of The Nazarene, 2390 McMillan Rd. Abbotsford.

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