Marion Johanna Maria Kahlmann
February 14, 1926 ~ March 2, 2014
After a short illness, Marion passed on March 2, 2014 at the Creston Valley Hospital, with loved ones at her side.
Marion was born on February 14, 1926 in Cologne, Germany. She and her husband, Hans, immigrated to Canada in the 1950s, where they settled in Alberta. Marion worked in many professions, such as waitressing, sewing in a GWG factory, as a veterinarian’s assistant, housekeeper, and at a real estate office. Finally, she worked with Hans in their carpentry business.
In the 1980s they moved to Creston, where Marion volunteered at Gleaners for quite a few years. She later joined TAPS after the passing of her husband.
Caring Marion lived with and nursed her second husband, Ken Macklem, for 9 years. They loved to play cards and darts, and Ken taught Marion to play cribbage. You could always see them every Friday night at the Legion for supper, where they met up with family and friends, then off to the Seniors’ Hall for darts.
They planned and went on a few trips together. Their last trip was to Fort Nelson, B.C. They were wonderful company for each other in their Autumn Years.
Marion loved being surrounded by her friends and was happiest with animals. She enjoyed doing ceramics and driving her 2010 Mustang convertible with the top down. Marion loved life and laughing, and had a wonderful sense of humour.
Marion will sadly be missed by all who truly knew her. She is survived by family and friends: Gloria, Tauno, and Asha Wainionpaa; May Mercer; Jim and Bunny Raddis, Kenny Raddis, Gilles and Wendy Berge-Dicaire, Gordon and Simonne Macklem, Susan and James Soutar, Don and Sandra Macklem, Kenneth and Coulton and their family; as well as her many friends from TAPS.