DONNELLY, MARILYN GAIL ANN The death of Marilyn Donnelly occurred on Friday, February 17, 2012 by accident in the Black Mountain area of Kelowna where she was visiting family. She is survived by her husband Fred Donnelly of Rothesay, New Brunswick and Professor of History at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, her children Sandra (Stephen Tobias) of Saint John, NB and James (Julie) of Kelowna and her four grandchildren; William, Alexander, Sarah and Miles. Born September 12, 1949 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad she was the daughter of Georgiana and the late Andrew Johnston of that city. A graduate of Holy Name Convent School in Trinidad, Marymount College in Quebec City and Carleton University in Ottawa she also took university courses at Sheffield University in England and at the University of Alberta. She and her husband had been residents of Sheffield and Edmonton before moving to New Brunswick. A resident of Rothesay, NB since 1979; Marilyn worked for several years in the area’s school libraries and in the medical library of the Saint John Region Hospital. A volunteer for many organizations including Scouts Canada and Read Saint John as an adult literacy mentor, at the time of her unfortunate death she was volunteering as archivist for the Saint John Theatre Company. She was an accomplished painter and photographer and some of her travel photographs had been published in national media. Marilyn was an avid traveler who enjoyed the challenge of organizing expeditions, overcoming obstacles and making difficult journeys run smoothly. In the past year she and Fred had several wonderful experiences spending time in such diverse places as Pasadena and San Diego, Athens and Crete, a wilderness retreat on Vancouver Island, Harlow and London in England and a Donnelly family reunion in Hudson, Quebec. Everywhere she went Marilyn appreciated what the local culture had to offer. She went to the theatre, attended art and photographic exhibitions along with museums and the archaeological sites across some two dozen countries she had visited in the world. 

The family wishes to thank all those that came to Marilyn’s assistance in her final moments. Your selfless actions and compassion will be forever appreciated. Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, February 29th in Rothesay, New Brunswick. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting and searching her name under stories. Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services, (250)762-2299.

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