Lorna Marshall (Aitkin) passed away November 21, 2011 peacefully with friends
& family at her side.
Born June 21,1957 in Carlton Place, Ontario to parents Lorne and Leita Aitkin.
Lorna is survived by her husband and closest buddy Jay, and numerous cousins and friends.
Lorna had a career in the hotel industry before joining Selkirk College in Nelson B.C. in 1990. She took an 8 month program in resort and hotel management and transformed it into a 2 year University transfer program. Her love was teaching. Every September she eagerly waited to see the new cohort of students arrive. She became attached to many of her students and enjoyed watching them progress through their careers. She particularly enjoyed visiting the graduates in their place of employment to see their success.
Lorna loved living in the Kootenays and enjoyed many outdoor activities, Kayaking, golfing, cycling and skiing. Lorna lived with cancer for 6 years. During that time she sat on the board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Network. Through that connection she has several articles published and had the opportunity to work with giving a survivors perspective on the potential impact of research grant proposals.
Lorna always said “if you are going to get cancer, Nelson is the place to do it”. Not only are numerous complementary / alternative treatments available but her health team were “the best” she could ever want.
Although she had to travel to Kelowna, Vancouver and frequently Trail, her team in Nelson went above and beyond to look after her. It wasn’t just her cancer team, Dr. Malpass, Dr. Boyd, Dr. Sawyer, Cheryl, Annette and Juanita, but so many other services. The lab technicians, ER, Xray, the booking staff, the receptionists, pharmacy, the 3rd floor personnel all tried to make things as easy and comfortable as possible for her.
Memorial service 3PM Monday Nov 28 2011 United Church 602 Silica St Nelson
Reception 4pm Mary Hall – Dining Room Selkirk College 10th street Campus
Thank you’s go to her family and her friends and her “adopted daughters” for
being there for her and Jay.
“My work here is done, now it’s time to rest”
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation – www.klhf.org,
Nelson SPCA – www.spca.bc.ca/branches/nelson,
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – www.cbcf.org