September 16, 1936 – October 15, 2021
Marjorie Ellen Buchanan Late of Abbotsford, BC, passed into the welcoming arms of her lord on October 15th, 2021.
Marjorie was born in Abbotsford on September 16th, 1936, to James and Juanita Buchanan and was the oldest child of four siblings. The Buchanan family were one of Abbotsford’s first pioneers to settle on the Sumas prairie. During the 30s life was hard but Marjorie and her siblings Barbara, Karen and Norman had many happy memories of time spent on the family farm before purchasing a home just off the Mission highway and later a home on Sumas Mountain. Marjorie moved to Vancouver in the early 1960s and welcomed a daughter there, her only child Tari in 1965 before eventually returning to Abbotsford where she lived for the remainder of her life.
Marjorie was a kind, warm, loving and gentle soul who had a zest for life. She and her sister Barbara spent many happy memories shopping in the local mall, chatting with friends that they made along the way and laughing with their sister Karen who is an avid walker who they often met there for a chat along with Karen’s husband Johnny (Giovanni).
Music was one of Marjorie’s passions and she loved piano music. Many an hour was passed listening to her favorite ragtime piano players or watching various artists perform on TV. Christmas was a most special time of year and she loved nothing more than to listen to the choirs and the bands performing seasonal favorites at the mall. She attended many concerts and musicals over the years and was always excited to see one of her favorites come to Vancouver or recently, Abbotsford, for a show.
Travel was one of Marjorie’s immense joys and she enjoyed trips to Italy, Scotland and many trips back to Ontario with her daughter and son in law John to visit his family who she loved dearly. She had many adventures while on her trips to Europe and she and the family laughed themselves silly over her many tales for which she was always the center of all the chaos only innocently so.
Marjorie was a lover of all animals both great and small and had many pets throughout her life. She will be deeply missed by the family’s Pomeranian Aria who held a very special place in her heart.
Family was extremely important to Marjorie and she loved spending time with her daughter and son in law who she adored, going out for coffee at their favorite coffee shop, having dinners out at her favorite restaurants or just relaxing at home listening to music, doing jigsaw puzzles or watching Sunday Italian league soccer games. She and her daughter shared an incredibly deep and loving bond, and they spent many happy moments shopping, laughing and enjoying life’s precious moments together. Countless special occasions and gatherings were celebrated with dearly loved sisters and brother-in-law, niece, nephew and extended family and those happy times were never forgotten by Marjorie who reminisced often about them.
But perhaps most importantly of all, Marjorie loved God and not a day passed that she didn’t read a chapter in her Bible of which the pages were marked and worn. She never worried a day of her life, and her favorite saying was that “she would cross each bridge as she got to it” instead relying on her faith to guide her through life. When she was admitted to the hospital in her final days she was not scared and instead looked forward to starting the next chapter of her life in heaven. She was the epitome of what it meant to be a mother and her daughter loved her with all her heart and will miss her until the end of time as will her family and all who knew her. However her life was one that was truly well lived and well loved and in the end that is all that any of us could ever hope for.
Marjorie is predeceased by her father and mother James and Juanita Buchanan and is survived by her loving daughter Tari and son in law John, her sister Barbara, her younger sister Karen and Karen’s husband Giovanni, her brother Norman (Pat), her loving nephew and niece Jay and Sarina and Sarina’s husband Kevin and lastly, nephews Norman Jr and Darrin and many extended family members.
The family would also like to thank Dr Gary Heffner for his compassionate and exemplary care of Marjorie throughout the years along with all the doctors and staff of the Abbotsford hospital especially RN Alandra for their kindness in caring for her in her final days. By request, there will be no service and in lieu of flowers the family respectfully asks that instead donations be made to the SPCA in Marjorie’s name.
“Say not in grief that she is no more but say in thankfulness that she was. A death is not the extinguishing of a light but the putting out of the lamp because the dawn has come.”
I love you Mom, now and until the end of time.Obituary
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