Marion Eleanor Lamontagne passed away in Coronation on Dec. 21 at the age of 87. Marion was born April 14, 1928 in Coronation.
She was a quiet and very private person but always enjoyed lots of fun and laughter with her friends and family.
She grew up and lived in the Coronation area all her life. She was the youngest daughter of Albert and Jane Caseley.
Marion enjoyed countless hours having fun with her siblings and many cousins exploring on the farm usually on horseback or with her mom on special trips to Calgary to visit her mom’s sister and of course the chance to shop in the big city!
She went to school at Pleasant Heights. After school Marion worked at Guillams clothing store and later at Wallace’s in the clothing department.
Tiring of the clothing styles of the season Marion went to work at the Coronation weather office where she worked until marrying her best friend Maurice Lamontagne in January 1960.
Marion loved being a homemaker, a mom, a wife and a partner in the trucking company, Lamontagne & Son Holdings Ltd.
Right up until her passing, she was a proud partner in the trucking company, first with her husband Maurice and then with her son Dennis Lamontagne.
Even with the full plate with getting and keeping the company running there was always time for getting together with family and friends.
Music, fun and laughter were always a part of every gathering. In the early years you could always find Maurice and Marion, Sadie and Cecil, Skip and Gladys, Edwin and other family or friends getting together to play music and sing the night away.
Travel with Frank and Peggy was always in the cards and throughout the years there were many bus and plane trips in the US and Canada or new outings.
Marion was always active. She was a member of the Coronation Oil Wives. Many giggles and goofy times were had with her ‘oil wife’ friends.
She took her turn with Meals on Wheels and was always willing to lend a hand when asked.
Marion always kept busy throughout her life. It could be bowling, curling or floor curling.
Marion was talented in many crafts. She enjoyed sewing, paper toile, ceramics and sand art outlined with zippers.
Road trips with the girls; Irene, Peggy, Wilma, Donna and others to see live dinner theatre’s in Castor, Consort or other places close by were an annual event. Friday afternoon at the Drop-In Centre was booked for rummy tiles.
In the last few years watching curling on TV and working on a jigsaw puzzle on the dining room table were two of Marion’s favourite winter pastimes.
Summertime found Marion out in her yard caring for the lawn and ensuring her flowers had the water they needed. She was still cutting the grass on her own just this past summer.
For the last six years summer also meant the annual Caseley clan gathering at the Coronation Drop-in centre to celebrate Grandma Caseley’s birthday. Marion always had a great time and really enjoyed seeing family with a Caseley heritage she had not seen in a while.
At any time of the year there would be the daily meeting of the coffee gang. Lots of coffee was drunk and stories shared. It became a ritual if you could not find Marion at home in the morning, you just needed to head up town to the coffee shop as she was most likely there with the coffee gang!
Marion will always be loved. She will be missed but always remembered.
Marion was predeceased by her husband Maurice; her parents Albert and Jane Caseley; sisters Lucy Lenton, Edna Barnard, Ina Goulson and Edith Ley; brothers Harry, Edwin, Albert, Victor and Cecil the Caseley brothers; sisters-in-law Lucy Caseley, Dorothy Brown, Adeline Caseley, Edmay Lamoureux, Shirley Lamontagne; brothers-in-law, Hilton Goulson, Bill Ley, Roy Barnard, Tom Lenton, Hector and Ernie Lamontagne, Lucien Lalonde and Fern Lamoureux.
She is lovingly remembered by her daughter Vonda of Calgary and her son Dennis of Coronation, sisters-in-law Sadie Caseley of Coronation, Jennifer Lamontagne and Anita Lalonde of Meadow Lake, Sk. as well as nieces and nephews in Alberta and Saskatchewan, other relatives and a host of friends.
A memorial service to honour Marion was held at the Coronation Community Centre, Coronation on Thur., Dec. 24 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Darrel Durksen officiating.
Barbie Berg and Margaret Evans played for the congregational hymns “In The Garden” and “Amazing Grace”. Soloist Alexandra Brigley sang “Silent Night”.
The eulogy was given by Alice Faye Watts. Urn bearers were Vonda and Dennis Lamontagne and the honourary pallbearers were Sadie Caseley, Victor Barnard, Wes Ley, Peggy Dummett, Eunice Rubusky, and “all Marion’s family and friends”.
The interment was immediately following the service at the Coronation Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be given to Coronation Hospital Foundation or to the Mitchell Eye Centre.
Heather Caseley of Coronation Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements, (403)578.2928. Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.coronationfuneralhome.ca.
Card of thanks
We would like to say thank you to our family and friends near and far for their support and prayers during this time of sorrow. It is appreciated and we are very thankful.
Thank you to all who came to the house, for the food, flowers and especially for your prayers.
Thank you Darrel for officiating mom’s service; to Barbie, Margaret and Brenda for your gift of music and to Alexandra Brigley for the beautiful song.
Thank you, Alice Faye for giving the eulogy. Thank you to the pallbearers for your help and support.
Thanks to the Coronation Funeral Lunch Committee for providing lunch.
Thank you, Heather and staff at the Coronation Funeral Home for your support and commitment.
Vonda and Dennis Lamontagne